Professor Eugene Taylor named fellow to two APA divisions


Eugene TaylorEugene Taylor, Professor in the College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies at Saybrook University, has been elected a Fellow in Division 24, the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and Division 32, the Society for Humanistic Psychology in the American Psychological Association.

Professor Taylor is already a Fellow in Division 1, The Society for General Psychology, and Division 26, The Society of the History of Psychology.

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Democracy, Public Reason and Peace Education

     Peace education, as Betty Reardon suggests, should be fundamentally concerned with the development of the political efficacy of future citizens. Political efficacy is dependent upon “sound political thinking,” “for inquiry into obstacles and possibilities for transformation should form the core of peace pedagogy, so as to provide learning in how to think and to act for political efficacy in peace politics . . .” (1) Learning how to think concerns conceptual clarity, thinking within conceptual frameworks, posing questions, rationality, and most importantly reflective inquiry. Peace education is thus closely aligned with democratic education grounded in the ideas of public reason and deliberation. 
A current, emergent example of democratic public reason and deliberation is the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Although in its infancy, it exhibits characteristics of democratic public reason; in particular, the process dimension of the content of public reason is exemplified in its commitment to and enactment of the process of consensus, its egalitarian openness, and its decentralized, non-hierarchical, “leaderless” orientation.  In a significant way it also exhibits the public values of economic and political equality and distributive fairness as central to a political conception of justice.  These elements are significant aspects of democratic public reason.  The Occupy Movement constitutes a nascent, spontaneous, and emergent instantiation of these aspects of public reason.  With the Occupy Movement’s spread around the globe, it is also cosmopolitan in character. In a tumultuous time in the history of our republic, and in the history of the world, the movement constitutes a promising upsurge in democratic participation, deliberation, and public reason.

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Publishing Opportunity for PHS Students - Social Movements, Conflicts and Change


Call for Papers: Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Volume 35

Special Section: Visual Analysis of Social Movements

To be considered for inclusion in Volume 35, papers should arrive by February 1, 2012.

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (RSMCC), a peer-reviewed volume published by Emerald Group Publishing/JAI Press, encourages submissions for Volume 35 of the series. This volume will have both thematic and open-submission sections and will be guest edited by Nicole Doerr (University of California, Irvine) Alice Mattoni (University of Pittsburgh) and Simon Teune (Social Science Research Center Berlin). For the open-submission/non-thematic section, submissions appropriate to any of the three broad foci reflected in the RSMCC series title will be considered. The thematic session is dedicated to the visual analysis of social movements. We encourage submissions that address the subject on one of three levels:

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Annual PJSA conference in Memphis


Members of the Saybrook community are active in the Peace and Justice Studies Association, an organization dedicated to bringing together academics, teachers and activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change.

PJSAThe annual PJSA conference was held last week in Memphis, a city with a rich social justice history. This year's conference was a joint initiative with the Gandhi-King Conference, hosted at Christian Brothers University.

The conference, titled "A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice" (October 21-23, 2011) aimed at "promoting dynamic exchange among individuals and organizations working for a more just and peaceful world."

Panels, workshops, and speakers from a wide range of disciplines, professions, and perspectives addressed issues related to the broad themes of solidarity, community, advocacy, education, and activism as they are brought to bear in the pursuit of peace and justice.

The PJSA represents a valuable resource for Saybrook students and faculty. In addition to the annual conference, an active and lively email listserv offers a space for announcements, job postings, discussion, and resource exchange on a daily basis. PJSA also hosts a blog on issues of peace and justice that can be publicly viewed.


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Alumna Lyn Freeman launches new, revolutionary, technique for post-cancer recovery


Saybrook Alumna Lyn Freeman has been one of the leading researchers on guided imagery as a healing technique.  In 2005 she received the first National Institutes of Health grant to study it as a method of support for cancer survivors.

Treatment for cancer can often leave survivors exhausted, depleted, and drained -- but modern medicine had little to offer them.  Freeman's research was designed to give them something to lead them back from "surviving" to "health."

Based on the Phase I and II results of her studies, the National Cancer Institute has directed Dr. Freeman’s company, Mind Matters Research, to make its therapeutic intervention available to cancer patients and survivors.

While the company is launching the program in Alaska, there is every possibility that it will grow nationally.  The Phase II grants Dr. Freeman received require Mind Matters Research to develop and clinically test their approach via tele-medicine and the web.

Dr. Freeman’s ENVISION Behavioral Medicine Intervention is one of a kind anywhere, relying on brain plasticity strategies that are imagery-based.

Strategies include imagery-driven biofeedback to assess and modify heart rate variability and temperature; art, storytelling, and sound to effect physiology and mood state; mind mapping memory practices; and many other therapies that are implemented and evaluated on a daily basis with cancer patients and survivors. Methods utilized are personalized depending on participant symptoms and response. The Intervention optimizes health promoting changes in physiology, biochemistry and mood state.

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Wilson Williams named to Board of Directors for the Museum of Women in the Arts


Willson Williams, a member of Saybrook's psychology faculty, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. To fulfill its mission, the museum cares for and displays a permanent collection, presents special exhibitions, conducts education programs, maintains a Library and Research Center, publishes a quarterly magazine and books on women artists, and supports a network of state and international committees. NMWA also serves as a center for the performing and literary arts and other creative disciplines.

The New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts is involved in statewide and national art exhibitions, achievement awards, educational programs, sponsorship and lectures, and special events.

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Alumna Kaffia Jones promoted to Brigadier General


Saybrook is pleased to announce that psychology alumna Colonel Kaffia Jones was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on Sept. 10. 

The ceremony was held it Atlanta, Georgia, and attended by Brigadier General Jones’ immediate family, officers of the General corps, and enlisted servicemen and women.  Saybrook Faculty member Eugene Taylor was also in attendance. 

The ceremony was conducted by Major General Stuart M. Dyer, Commanding General of the 335th Signal Command (Theater), based in East Point, Georgia, where Colonel Jones served as Chief of Staff for two years.

Immediately following the ceremony, Brigadier General Jones left for a posting in the Middle East.  The 3200 Soldiers and civilians in her command build, operate, maintain, and defend the military computer network in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf.

As a Saybrook student, then Colonel Jones produced what Taylor called “an outstanding dissertation” entitled “Expatriate Warrior:  the experiences of World War II American veterans of African descent,” under faculty members Theopia Jackson, Zonya Johnson, and Charles Canaday. 

Jones earned her PhD in Psychology, graduating in 2010.

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Watch PsyD student Martha White's presentation to the Hawaii state legislature


Saybrook PsyD student Martha White's recent presentation to Hawaii state officials, including the Lt. Governor, has been posted to video.  It can be seen here.

White gave the presentation, on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), as part of Hawaii's programs for International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Awareness Day.

It's a subject White has been passionate about since adopting a child from Eastern Europe who suffers from FASD.  Her experience tending to her adopted daughter led her to eventually become a mental health counselor and advocate for children with related syndromes.  She has a private counseling and consulting practice, specializing in preschool mental health, challenging behaviors, and adult recovery from childhood trauma. 

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Louis Hoffman named President-Elect of the Society for Humanistic Psychology


Louis Hoffman Dr. Louis Hoffman, a member of Saybrook University's psychology faculty, has been named President-Elect of the Society for Humanistic Psychology. 

He began the role in August of this year, and will become President of the society in August, 2012. 

Hoffman will replace current SHP president David Elkins.  Both Hoffman and Elkins are members of The New Existentialists, a new movement in existential-humanistic psychology that emerged out of the work of faculty and alumni of Saybrook's Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies.

"It's an honor," said Hoffman, "particularly at this time that many are describing as a renaissance in humanistic psychology and current president David Elkins described as the most excitement in humanistic psychology since the 1970s. Having served on the board for several years, I am quite aware of the talented leaders and scholars that are involved helping attain this resurgence. I hope that we can continue to build upon what we have accomplished, such as drawing in a large base of extraordinarily talented students and early career psychologists to become involved with the society, and creating a very successful annual conference. In particular, I hope we can increase the diversity in the division, including taking a critical examination of what it means for the division to embrace and value diversity. This, I believe, is necessary for us to continue to grow and stay relevant in an increasingly diverse and international society."


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Louis Hoffman to present at Caribbean psychology conference


450px-Bahamas_A2001138_1550_250m Saybrook faculty member Louis Hoffman, a member of “The New Existentialists,” will be presenting two papers at the 2011 Carribean Regional Conference of Psychology.

The conference has the theme of "Psychological Science & Well-Being: Building Bridges for Tomorrow," and will be held from November 16-18 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Dr. Hoffman, who has recently been elected to the role President-Elect of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, will be presenting on:

  1. Existential therapy in a Bahamian Context by Louis Hoffman & Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman
  2. Bahamians in Cross Cultural Marriages: Implications for Marriage/Family Therapy by Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman & Louis Hoffman

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