Editorial Board


Allan Combs, Ph.D., is a consciousness researcher, neuropsychologist, and systems theorist at The California Institute of Integral Studies where he is the Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies. In 2012 he was named the Navin and Pratibha Doshi Professor of Consciousness Studies at CIIS and elected to the Board of Directors of Nalanda International. He also holds appointments at the Saybrook University and is Co-Director of the MA in Consciousness Studies at the Graduate Institute of Connecticut. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

Professor Combs is the author of over 200 articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain, including Conscious Explained Better: Towards an Integral Understanding of the Multifaceted Nature of Consciousness; The Radiance of Being: Understanding the Grand Integral Vision; Living the Integral Live, winner of the best-book award of the Scientific and Medical Network of the UK, with a foreword by Ken Wilber; Synchronicity: Through the Eyes of Science, Myth, and the Trickster, with Mark Holland; and Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth, edited with Ervin Laszlo; and others.

Dr. Combs is the founder and President of the Society for Consciousness Studies and co-founder of The Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences, a member of The General Evolution Research Group, the Integral Institute, and the one-hundred member Club of Budapest. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Conscious Evolution, Associate Editor of Dynamical Psychology, and serves on a variety of Editorial Boards including World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research.
CCS@CIIS.EDU Leslie.Allan.Combs@Gmail.com


Jeffery A. Martin, Ph.D., is a CIIS and Harvard trained social scientist who researches personal transformation. He specializes in bringing rigorous empirical research and testing to transformational techniques and theories that have previously been supported anecdotally. Jeffery is a leading expert on non-symbolic consciousness (enlightenment, nonduality, mystical experience, union with God/nature, etc.). He holds several graduate degrees and specializes academically in technology, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and transformative studies. A bestselling author and award winning educator, Jeffery has co-edited, authored, or co-authored over 20 books and numerous other publications; appeared in a wide variety of media; and lectured broadly in both academic and public forums. Jeffery is currently the director of the Center for the Study of Non-Symbolic Consciousness. www.nonsymbolic.org. jeffery.a.martin@gmail.com.


Lynne H. Roff, Ph.D., is a creative consultant, director, choreographer, and designer for theatre and dance.  She is the recipient of an individual artist fellowship in choreography from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and has taught for over twenty-five years in higher education and private practice.  Lynne holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a MA in Performing Arts from Alaska Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Creativity, complexity, and consciousness studies are among Lynne’s research interests along with an avid interest in curriculum design.  She is a Peer Reviewer for Quality Matters, “a national benchmark for online course design.” Telephone: 907-235-6193 lhroff@kpc.alaska.edu

Charles E. “Chip” McAuley IV, Ph.D., is a social critic, author, and scholar of consciousness. He is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Culture Counter Magazine and a former Features Editor for the cultural criticism Website PopMatters.com. He advised a nationally award-winning journalism program at California’s Sonoma State University, and served as a Special Consultant Science Writer/Producer for NASA’s Education and Public Outreach (Astrophysics) Division. Dr. McAuley teaches doctoral courses on consciousness and spiritual philosophy at The California Institute for Integral Studies, and is currently authoring a book on the Emergence and Evolution of Consciousness. cemcauley@comcast.net.

Feminist Studies, Consciousness, Writing, and Editing
Anne Kinne holds an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Feminist Theology from the University of San Diego, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Transdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, focusing on consciousness and the Divine Feminine. She has been twice awarded a Senior Fellowship with the Center for Writing and Scholarship at CIIS, and has worked with the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine as an editor. Additionally, she is the co-founder and developer of AcademicWritingCenter.net, an online forum for academic writers. She is also a drummer, interested in the axis mundi and altered states of consciousness that drumming can elicit; as well as a published author. anne.g.kinne@gmail.com

Electrical Engineering and Consciousness Studies
Shelli R. Joye, Ph.D. is a groundbreaking researcher in the holoflux theory of consciousness, having written her Doctoral Dissertation on the Pribram/Bohm/Joye theory of Consciousness under Drs. Combs, Swimme, and Radin. Entering Rice university on a Physics Scholarship, she graduated with a B.S. in Electrical and Communications Engineering. After working with Dr. John Lilly in research involving isolation tanks and interspecies communication, she  studied Tibetan Buddhism with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Vermont. At the  advice of Alan Watts she moved to San Francisco to study with Haridas Chaudhuri, founder the California Institute of Asian Studies. She earned her M.A. in Indian Philosophy at CIAS, and subsequently accepted a job in eastern Saudi Arabia as a software engineer, allowing her to travel frequently to South India to study with Bede Griffiths, a Benedictine monk who had been a student of C.S. Lewis at Oxford. After twenty years in Saudi Arabia, she returned to California to begin doctoral studies in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She currently lives in a cabin in the Cascade forests of northeastern  California, near Mt. Lassen.  shellijoye@me.com


Joanne Burtch – Transdisciplinary Scholarship, Shamanism, and Consciousness
Joanne Burtch, Ph.D., is experienced in the study of shamanism and Zen, as well a variety of academic disciplines including systems theory, design philosophy, transpersonal psychology, religious philosophy, literary composition, and linguistic syntax. After many years of applying her academic study in the high tech industry, she completed her doctoral research with a focus in Consciousness Studies, and she is currently authoring a book on structures of consciousness. joanne@joanneburtch.com

Renée Eli – Embodiment, Consciousness, Healing, and Ecozoic Studies

Renée Eli, Ph.D., started her life-long inquiry into embodiment and consciousness as a healthcare provider working with individuals suffering from chronic and complex pain syndromes. Soon recognizing that singularly Western allopathic approaches to complex health issues are constrained, she began to expand her horizons to the East. She has been practicing and teaching classical and insight yoga, as well as Vipassana meditation for nearly two decades. She serves on the Educator Council Board for The Center for Education, Imagination, and the Natural World, and on the advisory editorial board for The Center for Ecozoic Studies’ scholarly journal, The Ecozoic––both organizations with missions inspired by and closely aligned with Thomas Berry’s perspective of participatory subjectivity imbued in all life. Renée is recipient of a doctoral research fellowship from Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory and Research. She holds a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies with a focus in consciousness studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is currently authoring a book that proposes an expressive ontology of the body.

Paulus Zegwaard – Technical and Writing Advisor
Paulus Zegwaard is an engineer by education (an MSc. from Delft, the Netherlands, and an MSSE from San Jose State University) and works as a software engineer, designing and building web applications. He has a lifelong interest in computers as toys to program for usefulness and fun, our environment, and engaging in spiritual practice. A more recent emerging interest is story and metaphor as ways to share accounts of the experience of the world, and a renewed interest in education practices that emphasize contemplative inquiry. Paulus is a doctoral student in the Transformative Studies program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.


Purushottama Bilimoria – Philosophy and Religion
Purushottama Bilimoria, Ph.D., is Honorary Assoc. Professor in Philosophy at Deakin University, and Honorary Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia; Visiting Professor and Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley. He has held teaching positions and research fellows in Oxford, Harvard, Emory, Columbia, Stony Brook Universities, and The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla, 2012. His research and publications cover classical Indian philosophy, comparative ethics; Continental thought; cross-cultural philosophy of religion; testimony; emotions; bioethics, religion and Indian law. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Sophia, Journal of Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics; co-editor of Sophia Series in Cross-cultural Studies of Philosophy and Traditions (Springer). bilimoriap@gmail.com

Deepak Chopra – Spirituality and Health
Deepak Chopra, MD is a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine. He transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of more than seventy-five books with twenty-one New York Times best sellers in both fiction and non-fiction, his works have been published in more than thirty-five languages. Chopra’s medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board for The Chopra Foundation, the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube. He is Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. nonlocal101@chopra.com., rishi1022@icloud.com

Menas Kafatos – Physics
Menas C. Kafatos. Ph.D. is The Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He is the Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, serving as dean in 2009 – 2012. He directs the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. He has published numerous books including The Conscious Universe, The Non-local Universe (with Robert Nadeau, Springer-Verlag and Oxford), Principles of Integrative Science (with Mihai Draganescu, Romanian Academy of Sciences Press), and more than 250 articles. mkafatos@gmail.com

Stanley Krippner – Psychology
Stanley Krippner – is a pioneer in the study of consciousness, having conducted research in the areas of dreams, hypnosis, shamanism, and dissociation, often from a cross-cultural perspective, and with an emphasis on anomalous phenomena that seem to question mainstream paradigms. He is the co-author of Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work With Them (SUNY Press, 2002), Perchance to Dream (Nova Science, 2009), Mysterious Minds (Praeger, 2010), Debating Psychic Experience (Praeger, 2010), Demystifying Shamans and Their World (Imprint Academic, 2011), The Voice of Rolling Thunder (Inner Traditions, 2012); and is the co-editor of Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence (APA, 2000), as well as dozens of other books. He also has over 1000 published, scholarly articles, chapters, and papers. skrippner@saybrook.edu

Ervin Laszlo – Systems Theory
Ervin Laszlo, Doctorat d’Etat Sorbonne (1970), is Director of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research (Italy), Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, Senator of the International Medici Academy, and Editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research.

Ervin Laszlo is a pioneer in the development of systems philosophy and general systems theory and is the founder of the field of general evolution theory. A rare combination of scholar, theorist and activist, Laszlo is a former Director of Research for the United Nations, a director of Planetary Citizens, advisor to the Director-General of UNESCO, author of a major Club of Rome study on goals for humanity, and the founder and president of the new Club of Budapest dedicated to focusing the combined vision of the humanities, art, and spirituality as well as science on global betterment.

Founder and director of the General Evolution Research Group, Laszlo has taught at Yale, Princeton, Northwestern, Houston, Portland State, and Indiana Universities and at the State University of New York. He is the author of The Interconnected Universe articulating his new QVI-field theory of evolution, Evolution: The General Theory, The Choice: Evolution or Extinction, and over 30 other books. He is the recipient of the Goi Peace Prize (2002), the International Mandir of Peace Prize (2005), the Conacreis Holistic Culture Prize (2009), the Ethics Prize of Milano (2014) and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and 2005. Laszlo has Honorary PhD’s from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary and is the author or co-author of fifty-four books translated into twenty-four languages.  ervin@ervinlaszlo.it

Ed Sarath – Music and Creativity
Ed Sarath is Professor of Music in the Department in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, of which he was the founding faculty member and chair (1987-2007), at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance where he acts as the Director of the Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies.   He founded and serves as President of the International Society for Improvised Music (www.isimprov.org).   Among his five CD releases is New Beginnings, featuring the London Jazz Orchestra performing his large-ensemble compositions.  He is a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, and the National Center for Institutional Diversity. sarahara@umich.edu


Amelia Barili
Amelia Barili, Ph.D. is researcher and faculty at UC Berkeley, the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute and the Institute of World Religions. Recognizing the potential of university students and the needs of the community, she is dedicated to research how to foster creative thinking and social change by bringing contemplative practices and volunteering into academic settings. She has been very successful in creating and teaching at UCB such interdisciplinary courses as “Borges, Buddhism and Cognitive Science”, “The Embodied Mind: Harnessing Neuroplasticity for Wisdom and Compassion”, “Science and Spirituality” and “Each One Helps One: Neuroplasticity in Action”. All these academic courses include meditation practices at every meeting. Bridging the gap between the university and the community, Barili’s courses integrate intellectual discussion in class with volunteering at local NGO’s that assist refugees, immigrant families and scholars from other cultures. A life-long practitioner and teacher of Classical Yoga and Qigong, she graduated in 1972 from Kaivalyadhama Yoga School in India. She has lived in five continents, studying in many cultures the mind/body/spirit connections. In 2006, she designed and taught “The Emerging Consciousness” with Fritjof Capra. She is a Fulbright Fellow and has been distinguished with many awards, among them the UCB Chancellor’s Award for Public Service. ameliab@berkeley.edu.

Debashish Banerji – Indic Spirituality, Art, and Philosophy
Debashish Banerji, Ph.D. is the former president of the East-West Cultural Center and Sri Aurobindo Center, Los Angeles. Teacher of Asian Art History and Indian Spiritual Culture. Dean of Academic Affairs for the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles. Adjunct Faculty, Asian Art History, Pasadena City College, Pasadena; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Asian and Comparative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco; Executive Director, Nalanda International; Ph.D., Indian Art History, University of California, Los Angeles; MA Computer Science, University of Louisville, KY; BA English Literature, Elphinstone College, Bombay University. Debashish Banerji finds himself performing his liminal and dialogic identities from day to day between a variety of cultures, disciplines and social realities. debbanerji@yahoo.com.

Imants Barušs  – Psychology of Consciousness
Imants Barušs started out in engineering science on a scholarship at the University of Toronto, but then became preoccupied with existential questions, leading him into unconventional areas of study, with the result that he graduated in 1974 with an interdisciplinary BSc. After some years working as a roofer, he enrolled at the University of Calgary and, in 1983, completed a MSc in mathematics with specialization in mathematical foundations, writing his thesis about forcing in topoi. He switched to psychology, graduating in 1989 from the University of Regina with a PhD in psychology and specialization in the study of consciousness. Since 1987, he has been teaching courses in psychology, mostly about consciousness, at King’s University College, where he has risen to the rank of professor. He has written, or co-authored, 5 books, 35 papers, and 20 reviews, and given 75 presentations, mostly about fundamental issues concerning consciousness.  http://www.baruss.ca/. baruss@uwo.ca.

Fariba Bogzaran – Dreaming, Art
Fariba Bogzaran, Ph.D., Scientist/Artist is the founder of the dream studies program at JFK University, Department of Consciousness Studies. She is one of the pioneers in the field of dream studies and conducted the first major quantitative research on the transpersonal experiences in lucid dreaming (1988-89) and was a member of the team of Lucidity Project exploring the science of lucid dreaming at the Stanford Sleep Laboratory. She has been an exhibiting artist and curating exhibitions inquiring into dream science and consciousness since 1985. Her art-based research, Images of the Lucid Mind(1996) and Through the Light (1997) and her dialogue with surrealists Gordon Onslow Ford and Roberto Matta led to the concept of Lucid Art. She is the co-founder and Creative Director of the Lucid Art Foundation. She has been writing and teaching about the art, science and transpersonal aspect of lucid dreaming for over twenty- five years. http://www.bogzaran.com. dreamyoga@svn.net., bogzaran@svn.net

Jonathan Bricklin   – William James
Jonathan Bricklin is the editor and co-author of the highly acclaimed Sciousness (James’ term for consciousness without consciousness of self). Bricklin’s radical reconstructions of James have been published in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and the Journal of Consciousness Studies and anthologized in The Volitional Brain: Toward a Neuroscience of Free Will. jonathanbriclin@gmail.com., bricklin@earthlink.net

Søren Brier – Bio and Cyber Semiotics, Charles Peirce
Søren Brier, Ph.D. (born 1951) is Professor in the Semiotics of Information, Cognition and Communication Sciences at the Centre for International Business Communication Studies at Copenhagen Business School, where he has been teaching philosophy of science as well as semiotics on five different communication programs. He has an MSc in biology from U. of Copenhagen, a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science at U. of Roskilde and a Doctor (Habil) of Philosophy at CBS. He is the founder and editor of the interdisciplinary quarterly journal Cybersemiotics & Human Knowing; a fellow of the American Society for Cybernetics and was awarded with The Warren McCulloch Award; member of the board of Int. Ass. For Biosemiotic Studies and its Journal Biosemiotics, as well as the scientific board of The Science of Information Institute and Foundation of Information Science and of several scientific journals. His research interest is focused on the transdisciplinary foundation for the interplay between cybernetic and systemic information science, Peircean triadic semiotics and also in its modern development as a part of biosemiotics. sb.ibc@cbs.dk.

Carolyn Cooke – Writing and Creativity
Carolyn Cooke (B.A. Smith College, M.F.A. Columbia University) is the author of Daughters of the Revolution, a novel listed among the best books of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle and The New Yorker Magazine. Her short fiction, collected in The Bostons, won the PEN/Bingham award, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway, and has appeared in AGNI, The Paris Review and two volumes each of Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. A new collection, Amor & Psycho, is forthcoming in August 2013 from Knopf. Her book reviews have appeared in Contemporary Literary Criticism and The Nation Magazine, and are featured regularly in the San Francisco Chronicle. She teaches in the Writing, Consciousness and Creative Inquiry MFA Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. http://www.carolyncooke.com Carolyn Cooke carolyncookeauthor@gmail.com

Frank Echenhofer – Consciousness and Neuropsychology
Frank Echenhofer is a professor of clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University in 1985. He has been a clinical research associate at Temple University and has been in private practice since 1985. His specializations, which bridge east-west psychology, are in the general areas of eastern and western comparative psychology, philosophy, and psychophysiology. He has done research in exceptional and deficit attention (ADHD, mild brain injury, single-pointed concentration and visualization meditation), EEG biofeedback for normalizing the EEG associated with attention and arousal level problems, and EEG assisted self-regulation methods for creativity, meditation facilitation, imagery self-regulation, and experimental transpersonal psychology. Frank has conducted research with Tibetan Buddhist meditators in India and meditators from the United States. He has lectured and written articles on the physiology and phenomenology of meditation, the integration of developmental and transpersonal psychologies, comparative biological psychology, and Eastern psychology. frankechenhofer@gmail.com.

Liane Gabora – Creativity and Mathematics
Liane M. Gabora is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia—Okanagan. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the Free University of Brussels. Her long-time interests are creativity, formal models of concepts and contextuality, evolution of human cognition, comparative study of evolutionary processes—biological and cultural, and light as a metaphor for enlightenment. Her new interests are merging of arts and technology; e.g., technology for facial animation and emotional expression, and applications of psychology of creativity research to space exploration. http:// people.ok.ub.ca/lgabora/ . liane.gabora@ubc.ca

Ben Goertzel – Mathematics and AI
Ben Goertzel, Ph.D. is Chief Scientist of financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings; Chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC and bioinformatics company Biomind LLC; Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and the OpenCog Foundation; Vice Chairman of futurist nonprofit Humanity+; Scientific Advisor of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; Advisor to the Singularity University and Singularity Institute; Research Professor in the Fujian Key Lab for Brain-Like Intelligent Systems at Xiamen University, China; and general Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence conference series. His research work encompasses artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds and gaming and other areas. He has published a dozen scientific books, 100+ technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles. Before entering the software industry he served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science and cognitive science, in the US, Australia and New Zealand. ben@goertzel.org.

Andrew Gurevich – Archeology and Anthropology
Andrew Gurevich, M.A. is a professor of Writing, Religion, Literature and Philosophy at Mt. Hood Community College. Gurevich’s work integrates his training in literature, philosophy, and theology to explore the ancient mythological structures that underscore our modern psycho-social systems and philosophical paradigms. He is a Board member for the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness and is a regular speaker at their events where he explores the emerging interdisciplinary approaches to understanding consciousness (through quantum psychology, neuroscience and epigenetics). agingprophet@gmail.com, Andy.Gurevich@mhcc.edu

Glenn Hartelius – Transpersonal Psychology
Glenn Hartelius is an internationally known scholar in transpersonal psychology. As editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies (IJTS), he has developed this publication into a leading transpersonal journal, bringing it from fewer than 25 subscribers to 80,000 unique visitors per year. As co-editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology he has helped envision, organize, and produce the most current and most comprehensive scholarly overview of the transpersonal field; there are current efforts to translate this work into Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Chinese. Through IJTShe has edited book-length volumes on Psychedelic Ketamine as Antidepressant,Transpersonal MedicineTranspersonal SociologyTranspersonal Anthropology, Shamanism, Parapsychology, EcopsychologyTranspersonal FeminismRelational Spirituality and Developmental SpiritualityFurther Steps to a Metatranspersonal Philosophy and Psychology, and Approaches to Transpersonal Psychotherapy. He has also co-edited volumes on Perspectives in Spirituality and Applied Quantitative Research Methods in Transpersonal Psychology. His papers have appeared in Mindfulness, theJournal of Transpersonal PsychologyThe Humanist Psychologist, and the Journal of Consciousness Studies, among others. ghartelius@ciis.edu

Kathleen Noble – Education
Kate Noble, Ph.D. is a professor at the University of Washington, Bothell. She is an active scholar and has authored books about the theory and practice of spiritual intelligence (Riding the Windhorse: Spiritual Intelligence and the Growth of the Self), and the psychological development of gifted women (The Sound of a Silver Horn: Reclaiming the Heroism in Contemporary Women’s Lives). She also has co-edited a book about women’s talent development (Remarkable Women: Perspectives in Female Talent Development) and published numerous research articles about psychological development and spirituality, early university entrance, and the psychological and social challenges confronting highly intelligent adolescents and adults. Most recently she has been investigating the conditions under which people’s beliefs about consciousness and reality change and evolve (Fostering Spiritual Intelligence: Undergraduates’ Growth in a Course About Consciousness, Advanced Development, 12, 2010, pp. 26-49). kdnoble@u.washington.edu.

Kaisa Puhakka – Transpersonal Psychology
Kaisa Puhakka, Ph.D., a native of Finland, has an interdisciplinary educational background with an M.A. degree in philosophy, specializing in Asian and comparative thought, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Experimental Psychology, all from the University of Toledo, Ohio. She also has a postdoctoral diploma in clinical psychology, specializing in psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy, from Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies in New York. She continues her study of Hindu and Buddhist philosophical thought and a variety of Buddhist meditative practices, which in more recent years have included monastic Rinzai Zen. Dr. Puhakka joined the Clinical Psychology faculty at CIIS in 2001. She has taught a wide range of courses including psychopathology, transpersonal psychology, and cultural issues in clinical practice. She currently teaches in the areas of psychodynamic as well as existential theory and practice, the interface of Buddhism and Western psychotherapy, and spiritual and religious issues in clinical practice. Dr Puhakka has published a book and some 45 articles and book chapters in comparative philosophy, phenomenology, Buddhist practice in the West, eco-psychology, and the evolution and transformation of consciousness. She was formerly Editor of The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and remains on the board of editors for this journal as well as for The Journal of Humanistic Psychology. She has an active psychotherapy and consultation/supervision practice in San Francisco and Palo Alto. kaisap@comcast.net

Sean Avila Saiter – Mysticism and Phenomenology
Sean Avila Saiter, Ph.D. graduated from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University with a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and a specialization in education and research.  His area of research is in collaborative group process, theory formation, and selective attention.  He has also served as the Program Coordinator in the Integral Theory Department at JFKU in Pleasant Hill, CA (among other projects ‘in-the-works’), and has taught several classes related to the social sciences and psychology. He lived in Berkeley for 5 years with his wife before moving to his property in the Santa Cruz Mountains just north of the city of Santa Cruz, California. savilasaiter@gmail.com sean@ludusamoris.com

Constance Scharff – Addiction and Trauma Recovery, Consciousness & Mental Health
Connie Scharff is an internationally recognized speaker and award-winning author on the topics of addiction recovery, overcoming trauma, and consciousness and mental health. Dr. Scharff serves as Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research for Cliffside Malibu.
Constance Scharff, PhD  constance.scharff@cliffsidemalibu.com

Stephan Schwartz – Psychic Archeology
Stephan A. Schwartz is a Distinguished Consulting Faculty of Saybrook University, and a Research Associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. He is the columnist for the journal Explore, and editor of the daily web publication Schwartzreport.net in both of which he covers trends that are affecting the future. He also writes regularly for The Huffington Post. His other academic and research appointments include: Senior Samueli Fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing of the Samueli Institute; founder and Research Director of the Mobius laboratory; Director of Research of the Rhine Research Center;  and Senior Fellow of The Philosophical Research Society. Government appointments include: Special Assistant for Research and Analysis to the Chief of Naval Operations, consultant to the Oceanographer of the Navy. He has also been editorial staff member of National Geographic, Associate Editor of Sea Power. And staff reporter and feature writer for The Daily Press and The Times Herald. For 40 years he has been studying the nature of consciousness, particularly that aspect independent of space and time. Schwartz is part of the small group that founded modern Remote Viewing research, and is the principal researcher studying the use of Remote Viewing in archaeology. Using Remote Viewing he discovered Cleopatra’s Palace, Marc Antony’s Timonium, ruins of the Lighthouse of Pharos, and sunken ships along the California coast, and in the Bahamas. saschwartz@earthlink.net

Simon Senzon – Integral Health
Simon Senzon, DC. has published fifteen peer-reviewed articles and four books, each applying Integral Theory in a myriad of ways. Best known for his Integral approach to the history and philosophy of chiropractic, he has also helped to pioneer an Integral approach to subtle energies, Integral Art education, Integral Biography, Health Care, the philosophy of medicine, and the new discipline of Reorganizational Healing developed by his mentor Dr. Donny Epstein. Dr. Simon completed his graduate studies in philosophy at Goddard College and his undergraduate studies in history at the innovative Delta College program at SUNY Brockport. He studied the evolutionary philosophers alongside classical philosophy and history. He received his chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic. Dr. Senzon is in private practice in Asheville, North Carolina, where he specializes in Network Spinal Analysis, Somato Respiratory Integration, and Reorganizational Healing. sasenzon@gmail.com.

Charles Silverstein – Education and Learning
Charles Silverstein, Ph.D. is the Program Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Consciousness Studies program and Vice President of Financial Affairs at The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT. He holds an MA in Consciousness Studies from The Graduate Institute, and PhD in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. chsilvers@gmail.com. silverstein@learn.edu

Zachary Stein – Education and Transformatio
Zachary Stein, Ph.D., Ed.M., received a B.A. in philosophy from Hampshire College in 2004 and an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2006. He recently completed his Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive development at Harvard. He is also Co-Founder, Philosopher of Education, and Senior Outreach Emissary at Lectica, Inc. (formally Development Testing Service, (DTS). Lectica is a research and development organization focusing on basic issues in psychometrics, test design, and human development. In recent years he has published in a variety of outlets on issues ranging from cognitive development and pedagogy to philosophy of education and interdisciplinarity. He is currently working on many projects, including editing and introducing a special issue of the journal Mind, Brain, and Education. zas456@mail.harvard.edu

Ananda Vaidya
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy
Current Research; San Jose State University. Interested in the comparative epistemology of necessity, possibility, and essence; theories of perception, the role of intuition in philosophical methodology, comparative examinations of classical Indian and Anglo-American theories of mind and sources of knowledge; logical pluralism, the capabilities approach to justice; and virtue theoretic approaches to the value of critical thinking in democracy. anand.vaidya@sjsu.edu

Nikos Yiangou
Nikos Yiangou is a member of the Ibn ‘Arabi Society, which promotes the translation, publishing and teaching of the great master Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi. He is President of its Board of Directors, and has participated in organizing over twenty-five conferences. The Society publishes a journal twice annually, and has been pivotal in bringing the work of Ibn Arabi to a western audience. He holds a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from ITP, and writes and speaks on topics related to consciousness, personal growth and transformation. He has presented at conferences and hosted workshops and study groups in the Bay Area. He currently works as an IT manager in a Fortune 500 software company. nick.yiangou@gmail.com

Gino Yu – Transformative Media
Gino Yu, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development in the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his BS and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1993 respectively. After receiving his PhD, he taught at the University of Southern California and worked to establish multimedia initiatives including the Integrated Media Systems Center. From 1995 to 1997, he taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he helped to establish the Center for Enhanced Learning Technologies. His main area research interests involve the application of media technologies to cultivate creativity and promote enlightened consciousness. http://phusikoi.blogspot.com/. phusikoi@gmail.com.