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Lisa Miller, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology
Founder & Executive Director, Spirituality Mind Body Institute
Teachers College, Columbia University
Lisa Miller, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College, where she also founded and directs the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, to innovate, disseminate and train healers in foundationally spiritual treatments.
Dr. Miller solo edited the Oxford University Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality (2012) and has published over seventy articles and chapters on spirituality in mental health and wellness. She has been Principle Investigator on several million dollars of grants from corporate and family foundations as well as NIMH.
Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the new journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA Press), Dr. Miller also serves as Associate Editor of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, the journal of APA Society of Spirituality and Psychology, for which she has been President and now is APA Council Representative.
Dr. Miller has been elected to Fellow of the American Psychological Association and awarded the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award. She is a graduate of Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, where she studied under Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and Columbia University.
Aurélie Athan, Ph.D.
Training Director, LEO - SMBI Wellness Center
Aurélie Athan is a Full-Time Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Psychology and the Training Director of LEO, the SMBI Wellness Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her scholarly interests center on spiritual development across the lifespan, with a current emphasis on the transition to motherhood. Her clinical orientation is informed by depth perspectives such as Jungian psychology with a focus on the creative expression of the human psyche in art and therapy. She has been honored to work with the Archives for Research on Archetypal Symbolism on a 10-year effort culminating in The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Symbolism (Taschen). As an administrator in higher education, she applies a strength-based and transformational learning framework to foster the flourishing of students through innovative curriculum design and academic guidance.
Mitchell Saskin, Ph.D.
Mitchell Saskin is a Clinical Psychologist with a practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The focus of his psychotherapy practice is providing counseling for individuals and couples who are struggling in terms of life transitions and major life changes. He has over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist in private practice as well as working and consulting in public and parochial schools throughout NYC. He is currently the Upper School Psychologist at the Bank Street School for Children. Mitchell received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University. As an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology for Adelphi and NYU he has also supervised doctoral students in their clinical practicums and internships. He is licensed in New York State as a Clinical Psychologist and a School Psychologist.
While Mitchell has been analytically trained as a psychotherapist he has moved towards incorporating more alternative, mindful, and spiritual forms of treatment into his practice. This is primarily based on his own long-standing meditation and spiritual practice. Mitchell uses mindfulness and spiritual practices in his counseling practice with individuals and couples, as well as offering workshops on mindfulness to students, educators, and parents. He also has formed and leads psycho-spiritual supervision groups for clinicians interested in integrating spirituality into their psychotherapy practices.
Dr. Ruth Rosenbaum, Ph.D., L.P.
Licensed Clinical Psychoanalyst
Dr. Ruth Rosenbaum, Ph.D., L.P., is a licensed psychoanalyst in private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in New York City. She has worked with individuals and couples for over 25 years. She is also a certified biofeedback therapist who helps people overcome a variety of stress-related problems, including insomnia, panic and anxiety, migraine and tension headaches, muscle spasm, back pain, and irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, she is a certified yoga and meditation instructor, and has studied Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation with Lama Pema Wangdak. Her clinical work reflects her in-depth studies and integration of mind, body and spirit. Dr. Rosenbaum is on the faculty of NPAP (National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis) in New York, where she is also a supervisor and training analyst. She is on the Editorial Board of the professional journal The Psychoanalytic Review. As an adjunct professor in the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Master’s program at Teachers College, she has taught courses on Psychotherapy, Spirituality and Religious Diversity, on Personal Transformation: Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit, and on Varieties of Transformative Experience in Spiritual Growth. She also conducts a study/supervision group devoted to exploring how a post-Newtonian framework can enrichpsychodynamic treatment. Dr. Rosenbaum has lectured on a variety of topics, including intersubjectivity theory, spirituality and psychotherapy, the integration of concepts from fields such as neuroscience, quantum physics, and psi phenomena with the process of change in psychotherapy, and the parallels between psychoanalysis and the Buddhist concept of reincarnation. She has been an invited guest speaker at scientific conferences in Europe on topics such as “Consciousness and Quantum Physics” and “Consciousness and Medicine,” and spoke at ColumbiaUniversity on “Contemporary Psychoanalysis and New Models of Consciousness.”
Bornali Basu, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Bornali Basu is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in mind-body based psychotherapy. She received her B.A. in psychology from Mount Holyoke College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.A. in developmental psychology from Teachers College, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University. Dr. Basu completed her internship at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, and a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiac psychology at the NYU School of Medicine. She spent eight years as a senior staff psychologist at Bellevue Hospital where she founded, and was the director of the Mind-Body Program, a group based outpatient wellness service for adults living with chronic illness.
Bornali Basu is currently in private practice in NYC, and maintains a clinical affiliation as well as supervisory responsibilities at Bellevue/NYU School of Medicine. She is an adjunct assistant professor for the clinical psychology program at Teachers College where she teaches, and supervises graduate students. Dr. Basufrequently presents lectures and workshops at community, corporate and academic venues, and has presented at conferences. She is involved with NYSPA’s ongoing outreach and public education efforts related to mind-body wellness.
Sam Menahem, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Menahem received his Masters degree from Columbia University in 1972 and his Ph.D. from United States International University in 1976. His experience at USIU's School of Human Behavior stimulated his interest in humanistic and transpersonal psychology, he became interested in hypnosis and meditation and how they may be integrated with psychotherapy. He was trained in traditionally hypnosis and Ericksonian hypnosis, graduation from the New York Society for Ericksonian psychotherapy and Hypnosis program in 1992. Dr. Menahem is on the faculty of Columbia University as an adjunct assistant professor of psychology. His interest in meditation and healing has been advanced by study with Joyce Goodrich, Ph.D. on the Le Shan methods of meditation. He is the founder of the Center for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Growth in Fort Lee, NJ and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, where he teaches a course in non-traditional psychology. This course integrates all his interests in meditation, hypnosis and spiritual psychology. He is the author of 3 books; The Great Cosmic Lesson Plan:Healing Through Spirituality, Humor and Music, When Therapy Isn’t Enough, and AllYour Prayers Are Answered. He is a firm believer in the importance of play andhumor in life. Thus, he is a Marxist (Groucho) and was a little league manager. Dr. Menahem is a past president of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy, www.psychospiritualtherapy.org.
Mark Kuras, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist/Jungian Analyst
Mark Kuras, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist/Jungian Analyst. He is on the faculty at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical School, and a supervising psychologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he presently directs the Acute Treatment Team in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and a founding member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, where he served a term as Director of Training.
Joseph Wagenseller, D.Min., N.C., PsyA., L.P.C., L.P.
Jungian Psychoanalyst & Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University
Joseph P. Wagenseller, D. Min., N.C., PsyA., L.P.C., L.P. is a licensed Jungian Psychoanalyst in private practice in Westport, Connecticut, having practiced for 37 years in Manhattan. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Temenos Institute, now celebrating its 39th year in Westport. And is past president of both the C.G. Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute, both of New York City. Currently, he is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Board for the Accreditation of Psychoanalysis, having previously served as Chair of A.B.A.P.’s Assembly of Psychoanalytic Institutes for six years. Additionally, Dr. Wagenseller is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of “The Archetype of Vocation” in Protestantism and Jungian Analysis, “Spiritual Renewal at Midlife from a Jungian Perspective”, Journal of Religion and Health, (Vol. 37, No.3) and “Individuation, Jung’s Psychological Equivalent of a Spiritual Journey”, in theOxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality, Ed. Lisa Miller, Ph.D. Oxford University Press, Inc. 2012. He is also Consulting Editor of Spirituality in Clinical Practice of the American Psychological Association.
Producer, Director, Author & Creativity Expert
Barnet Bain is an award winning motion picture producer and director, author and creativity expert. Select film credits include Oscar-winner What Dreams May Come (producer), Emmy-Award nominee, Outstanding TV Movie, Homeless to Harvard (executive producer), The Celestine Prophecy (writer, producer), Jesus (aka The Jesus Film) (writer), and The Lost and Found Family (director). Barnet is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and a founding member of the affiliated Association of Transformational Leaders. Barnet consults and trains business leaders and private clients who are committed to high performance. Through his creativity workshops Barnet guides people of all ages and walks of life to expand their vision of what is possible, and develop their gifts and talents with passion. Barnet is the author of the Book of Doing and Being, Simon & Schuster, July 2015. He can be heard every week as co-host of Cutting Edge Consciousness Radio on KVTA AM Talk Radio in Southern California in conversation with thought leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries from the worlds of culture, commerce and consciousness.
Carmela Bennett, Ed.D.
Educator, Therapist, Somatic & Executive Coach
Carmela Bennett, EdD is an educator, therapist, andsomatic and executive coach with 25 years experience in the growth and development field. Dr. Bennett earned her doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University where she currently researches and teaches Somatic/Embodied Leadership Development as an adjunct assistant professor for the Department of Organization and Leadership. Carmela is a certified somatic coach from the Strozzi Institute and an ICF certified presence based coach who specializes in blending somatic and foundational practices with individuals, executives, and organizations to create transformational learning and change. Her interest and experience in development and learning also inform her work with faculty and graduate students on ways to integrate holistic andbody based methodologies into adult learning, leadership, and professional development within higher education, primary and secondary teaching, psychology, and organizational workplace contexts.
In addition to her teaching and coaching practice, Dr. Bennett utilizes her leadership and somatic expertise to consult and facilitate professional development programs internationally. Former clients include the Bachrach Leadership Group, DL Piper Global Law Firm, The Natural Resource Defense Council, Gestalt Therapists of Nevada, St. Lawrence University, Upward Bound, The University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Caron Foundation. A life long dancer and movement specialist, Carmela holds a MS in Counseling and Educational Psychology and BA in English from Colgate University.
W. Warner Burke, Ph.D.
Edward Lee Thorndike Professor, Psychology & Education
Chair, Department of Organization & Leadership
Professor Burke is professor of psychology and education and coordinator for the graduate programs in social-organizational psychology. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Professor Burke earned his B.A. from Furman University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to coming to TC in 1979, he served in senior positions at Clark University, the NTL Institute, and as executive director of the OD Network. Professor Burke's consulting experience has been with a variety of organizations in business-industry, education, government, religious, and medical systems. A Diplomate in I/O psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology, he is also a fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and past editor of both Organizational Dynamics and The Academy of Management Executive. He has authored over 100 articles and book chapters in organizational psychology and authored, co-authored, or edited 14 books. He has received numerous awards, including in 1989 the Public Service Medal from theNational Aeronautics and Space Administration, in 1990 the Distinguished Contribution to Human Resource Development Award, in 1993 the Organization Development Professional Practice Area Award for Excellence-The Lippitt Memorial Award-from the American Society for Training Society and Development, and in 2003 both the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Academy of Management and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the OD Network.
Co-Creative Director, Laughing Lotus Yoga Center NYC
Alison Cramer is the Co- Creative Director at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center NYC and one of the core teachers for their acclaimed Teacher Training Program, both at the 200 and 500 hour level. Her passion for Yoga and Ayurveda led to the creation of both a 50 and 100 hour Ayurveda and Healing certification program at Laughing Lotus NYC, where she acted as Director and Teacher. Ali has taught workshops and retreats and guested in teacher trainings on Yoga and Ayurveda both nationally and internationally, and is continuously inspired by how these Practices bring people together and create Community. In 2013, she was honored to lead the very first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Sudan, where she also worked with therapists at refugee relief centers and in schools throughout Khartoum. She writes an Ayurveda column for www.breatherepeat.com, alignyo.com, and mindbodygreen.com, and is happy to be a Lululemon ambassador. Ali is continuously inspired by these ancient Practices and how they can bring balance and peace to our busy modern lives. Stay in touch at https://www.facebook.com/alison.cramer
Reiko Lino Fujisawa, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
Art Therapist & Creative Arts Therapist
Reiko Fujisawa, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT is a board certified art therapist and NYS licensed creative arts therapist. A native of Japan, she graduated from New York University with a Master Degree in Art therapy and has been in the field for 15 years. She has received trainings from British Object Relations Institute, Beck Institute, and Ackerman Institute for the Family. She worked at New York Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center providing art therapy, yoga and mindfulness to people with mental illness. She has facilitated numerous workshops and and has published articles regarding self-improvement and self-care through art therapy.She integrates various spiritual and mind-body perspectives into her work in addition to her training as a yoga instructor and interest in aromatherapy. Shealso has a private practice: Living Art Studio. She loves the poetry of Rumi and is inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and Eckhart Tolle.
Linda Lantieri, M.A.
Director, The Inner Resilience Program
Linda Lantieri, MA has been in the field in education for over 40 years in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City. Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. In 1985, she co-founded the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), a research- based K-8 social and emotional learning program that has been implemented in over 400 schools. Linda is also one of the founding board members of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She is the coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children (Sounds True, 2008).
Stephen Ross, M.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology & Medicine, NYU College of Dentistry
Stephen Ross, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Child &Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine at the NYU College of Dentistry. He directs the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Dual Diagnosis Training Unit and the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. He is the Clinical Director of the NYU Langone Center of Excellence on Addiction and Director of the NYU Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania graduating phi beta kappa, summa cum laude and majoring in the biological basis of behavior. He received his MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, completed his residency in General Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute and fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital. He is certified in General and Addiction Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and in Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Ross has received 9 teaching awards related to education of medical students, psychiatry residents, and post-graduate fellows-locally at NYU and nationally. His research interests revolve around exploring novel diagnostic and treatment approaches to addictive spectrum illnesses and psychological distress in patients with advanced or terminal cancer. Active projects include: Neurokinin 1 antagonist effects and neuro-economic paradigm testing in intravenous heroin dependence (supported by NIDA); Cocaine Use Reduction Buprenorphine (CURB) NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN 0048); Genetic and Psychosocial Determinants of Prescription Opioid Dependence (research collaborative with the Geisinger Health System and NYU/Bellevue Hospital); Novel Treatment Approaches for Dually Diagnosed Adolescent Inpatients (Bellevue Hospital); Naloxone Distribution Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (Bellevue Hospital). Website: http://www.heffter.org/board-ross.htm
Executive Director, David Lynch Foundation
Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled, Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages. Bob currently serves as the Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity which has brought meditation to over 500,000 inner-city youth in underserved schools in 35 countries, to veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Bob also directs the Center for Leadership Performance, another nonprofit, which is bringing meditation to Fortune 100 companies, government organizations, and nonprofit charities. Bob is the host of the SiriusXM radio show, "Success Without Stress" and has spoken about meditation to industry leaders at such gatherings as Google Zeitgeist, Aspen Ideas Festival, Wisdom2.0, and Summit.
Gary Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry & Surgery, University of Arizona
Gary E. Schwartz is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona, at the main campus in Tucson. In addition to teaching courses on health and spiritual psychology, he is the Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health.
Gary received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1971 and was an assistant professor at Harvard for five years. He later served as a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, was director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic, before moving to Arizona in 1988.
In September 2002 he received a $1.8 million dollars award from the National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health to create a Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science at the University of Arizona, which he directed for four years.
Gary collaborates with Canyon Ranch on biofield science and energy healing research and serves as the Corporate Director of Development of Energy Healing at Canyon Ranch.
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. (Jerry) Streets, Ph.D.
Clergy & Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. (Jerry) Streets is a licensed clinical social worker and served as the Chaplain of Yale University from 1992-2007. He has throughout his career as a licensed clinical social worker and member of the clergy focused on religion and mental health and developed and fostered programs promoting dialogue between Christian, Jews and Muslims and other religious communities. Dr. Streets, a published author, was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State in South Africa.
As a faculty member of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Dr. Streets research, teaching and counseling practice foci are upon trauma and mental health and spirituality. He is the former Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Pastoral Counseling at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York City.
He is an adjunct Associate Professor on the faculty of Columbia University School of Social Work and Yale University Divinity School.He recently served from 2013-2015 as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT.
Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.
Author, Psychologist & Medical Anthropologist
Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., the author of numerous best-selling books, is a psychologist and medical anthropologist who has studied the spiritual practices of the Amazon and the Andes for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he instructs individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval. He has training centers in New England; California; the U.K.; the Netherlands; and Park City, Utah. An avid skier, hiker, and mountaineer, he leads annual expeditions to the Amazon and the Andes to work with the wisdom teachers of the Americas.