We regularly feature the distinguished and accomplished graduates of The Professional School of Psychology. There have been many to which we can point with great pride. Here are just a few.
Xiaoyun Ma is a national class counselor and author based in China. Her research focus on mental health developments of individuals and specific groups. Her interests cover cross-cultural studies, gender inequalities and humanistic psychology. She has been promoting the Reflection Group for Chinese educated women via both online and offline channels. She aims to support women to break through the traditional social norms and develop their own potentials.
Xiaoyun Ma grew up in a traditional Chinese family in Northern China. Other than research and practice, she has a lot of other interests including Chinese ancient dance, poetry as well as photography. She started her first career as a journalist at the China Central Television (CCTV) after graduation. During her time of further studies at the University of Leicester, she began to develop special interests in clinical psychology and keen to become a psychotherapist. In 2019, she graduated from CAPA(China American Psychoanalysis Alliance) basic and advanced training program. Today, as a practitioner, she adopts the psychodynamic approach in her private practice facilitating clients to develop their self-awareness and examine the unresolved conflicts gradually.
Eliza (Tze Yi) Yong provides clinical services in Singapore. She is a Certified Substance Abuse Counsellor and Certified Gambling Addiction Counsellor by The Association of Professionals Specialising in Addictions Counselling (APSAC) and has been counselling individuals and their families since 2009. She also works with individuals and their families with domestic violence to break the violence cycle. Eliza is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Schema Therapy.
Dr. Yong provides regular talks to understand and cope with different addictions and emotions and presents research at international conferences. Eliza had spent 2 months attached to The Connection Inc.’s women’s programmes in residential houses, outpatient counselling centres and homeless program (Connecticut, USA) in 2013 under NHG’s Health Manpower Development Programme Award. She also mentors and supervises counsellors. Eliza’s previous careers were in hospitality and marketing in investment bank. She holds her Doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in clinical practice.
Dr. Hill is a respected advisor to senior executives on matters regarding employee communications, engagement and enablement. He has more than 20 years of experience providing solutions to organizational challenges through effective communications. His specialties include extensive experience in a broad range of corporate communications, change management and organization development.
Dr. Hill has served as a consultant to a highly diverse set of organizations — ranging from elite firms such as OSIsoft Graphic and Neustar to large corporations such as Cisco Systems, Pacific Gas and Electric, and National Semi-Conductor.
Brent Green is a Bay Area psychologist and former National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. He is adjunct trainer, at UC-Davis Extension and a Principal at IntelliVen (an organization consulting firm in San Francisco). Dr. Green is former consumer panel representative for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and NGO at the first United Nations World Assembly on Aging in Vienna, Austria.
His interdisciplinary research and over 20 publications focus on programmatic aspects of mental health and intertwines psychology, consultation, program evaluation, organization leadership development, social gerontology, the political sociology of drug addiction among others. He is former senior editor of the Journal of Social Issues. His latest publications focus on addiction self-recovery from a prescription medication, and on human empathy.
Dr. Sally Jamara is a partner and the Leadership Practices Leader in the Atlanta office of Traversa Consulting. She has been consulting and leading major organizational change in global organizations for over twenty five years. Sally is retained to assess and consult with CEOs, senior executive team members and high potential leaders. She has extensive experience in supporting hiring to meet the culture of the organization. She works with executives as a trusted advisor to align their teams to support the efficient and effective delivery of the corporate strategy.
Dr. Jamara has been consulting with companies across many industries for over 11 years. Previously, Sally was Senior Vice President of America’s Human Resources for Bass Hotels & Resorts, Inc. In addition to her significant Human Resources experience, she has been Vice President of Customer Service and Sales, managing the P&L and overseeing client development. Sally has been the recipient of numerous executive leadership awards including: Executive Committee Award, Outstanding Teamwork Award and multiple Top Performer Awards in a number of different companies.
Dr. Nadine Greiner is a global Human Resources executive who cares deeply about advancing the Human Resources profession. Nadine Greiner has authored two Human Resources books, The Art of Executive Coaching and Stress-less Leadership. She is also a leading contributor for The Society For Human Resources Management, Entrepreneur Magazine, and The Association of Talent Development. Nadine first served as the CEO of a healthcare company at the age of 38, so she understands first-hand what it takes to be a successful executive and her resources are grounded in experience. Nadine is committed to excellence in the field of Human Resources, and in her spare time volunteers to it by writing on the topics of human resources best practices, executive advice, and individual and organizational stress. Dr. Greiner’s executive advice has also made its way into video production, webinars, and podcasts. As an active animal advocate, she donates 100% of all book proceeds to animal welfare.
Dr. Meeker has written this on his website: “The human mind is vast and varied. “Normal” is a setting on a dryer. Dr. Meeker has a passion for people and their uniqueness. No two situations are the same. Working with compassion and care, Dr. Meeker approaches mental health with an individually tailored style, looking in depth at what makes you, you. With broad experience (private practice, inpatient psychiatric settings, psychological testing, substance abuse, and behavioral assessment), Dr. Meeker serves most populations. He specializes in working with challenging personality disorders (Borderline, Antisocial, Histrionic, etc.) as well as anxiety and mood disorders.
Kristina Liu is a Professional Certified Coach and a Mental Fitness Coach who helps entrepreneurs and corporate leaders maximize their potential at work while experiencing more happiness and fulfillment in life. Kristina is also the owner of Selva Vida Lodge & Retreat Center, where she conducts her life transformation programs and hosts travelers who want to explore the Peruvian Amazon. Her holistic retreats address one’s body, mind, heart, and spirit, and use a combination of workshops, medicinal plants, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, connecting with nature, and follow-up coaching.
Prior to becoming a coach and business owner, Kristina worked in multinational companies in the US and Singapore and held a variety of positions ranging from strategy and marketing to business improvement and portfolio management. Kristina holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting, an MBA from INSEAD, and a doctor of psychology (PsyD) degree from PSP.
Gene was one of the many kids to emerge out of the post WW II baby “boom.” College was in North Carolina and military service as an aircraft mechanic at Myrtle Beach AFB, South Carolina. At 27, Gene and a friend emigrated to Denver–and it was there that he continued his education in the field of political science with an MA degree plus some time teaching undergraduate classes as an instructor. When the intensity of his interest in the social sciences expanded to encompass increased curiosity about how humans operate psychologically, he began studying that field at New College of California in San Francisco, and subsequently at PSP. His doctoral dissertation was on the topic of alienation, aiming to bolster and vivify that concept with notions of psychoanalytic object relations theories.
Gene’s clinical experience began as a trainee, in 1983, and has encompassed providing individual and group therapy in a variety of settings: individual private practice, staff therapist at a number of clinics, as well as providing treatments and treatment planning at two different inpatient hospitals. Dr Riddle retired from 20-plus years at an adult clinic in Oakland CA in early 2022. His ongoing project is building and publishing a psychological portrait of presidential assassin Lee Oswald.
Dr. María Calderón Romero, PsyD (Dr. Maria) has over 25 years experience working with State Government in California and healthcare as a senior data researcher. She has also been working as a Pastoral Consultant for the Diocese of Sacramento since 2017. Dr. María recognizes the importance of enabling each individual to optimize their own learning experiences to feel meaningful in their journey. She is passionate about enabling others to learn insights about their own biases and assumptions, perspectives, and to learn to be more mindful of what is really happening internally.
Maria has published an essay entitled: My Hope for Having Children: An Update of True Story of Love, Sacrifice, Faith, Courage and Hope. This powerful essay is about hope with a focus on the most incredible, yet breath-taking part of Maria Calderon Romero’s life story: “my hope for having children.” What happened once her “hope” became a reality with triplites that were born with many life challenges. She now writes sixteen years later about the continuing miraculous journey led by Maria and her three children. Hope, courage, and faith continue to positively play an important, instrumental role in our lives.
R. James Little is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario whose scope of practice is School Psychology. He has an extensive background in education, having been a teacher, consultant, and principal. He has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and Doctor of Psychology. He maintains a private practice completing Psychological Assessments for the school environment. Jim also serves as President of the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto, Ontario. He teaches a variety of assessment courses. The school offers a master’s degree in psychology, a coaching program and continuing education courses. Outside of his professional life, Jim is an avid nature and wildlife photographer and cook.
Christy Lewis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback training. Christy currently is the Director of The Biofeedback, Education, & Training Center, PLLC, which offers a biopsychosocial approach to therapy for clients who suffer from severe anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD, pain management, and more. Christy counsels individuals of all ages, and has extensive experience utilizing Peripheral Biofeedback and Neurofeedback as a treatment modality with individuals suffering with anxiety, ADHD, autism, frustration/anger, and behavioral issues. Her assessments include administering and analyzing QEEG’s, Psychophysiological Assessment (PPA), and the Test of Variable of Attention (TOVA). Christy is senior editor of the soon to be published Pathways to Health.
Amy Loewenhaar-Blauweiss is a psychoanalytically trained therapist and works on the role of high culture in Jewish assimilation and the pairing of high culture and barbarism in the Holocaust. She is founding director of the Terezin Publishing Project and editor of the English-Language edition of H. G. Adler’s “Theresienstadt 1941-1945: The Face of a Coerced Community” (Cambridge University Press, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Terezin Publishing Project, 2014).
Under the auspices of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College (with a grant from the Bertha Effron Fund), she curated the inaugural concert/lecture series, “Music in the Holocaust, Jewish Identity and Cosmopolitanism.”
In the course of more than 25 years of helping client companies achieve repeatable Moments of Genius, John Krubski developed the foundational principles of Thinking Whole and Breaking Genius. He is a prescriptive futurist. Thinking Whole can be thought of as the Third Way, or System 3, in the context of David Kahneman’s Nobel-winning foundational Behavioral Economics principles – Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow. Thinking Whole is a platform that combines the best of Kahneman’s two decisioning systems but expands their utility into the sphere of applied innovation, creativity, and moments of repeatable genius on demand.
Breaking Genius is the process that makes Thinking Whole actionable, practical, teachable and learnable for teams, for organizations, and for every day life. Krubski has been a Futurist, Innovation Consultant, Marketing and Social Researcher, small business owner, authority on American small business, creator of The Index of What Matters Most (TiMM), creator of the Guardian Life Insurance Index of What Matters Most to America’s Small Business Owners, as well as a Chief Marketing Officer, VP of Sales Development, VP Strategic Planning, Broadcaster, Television Producer – and other various and sundry pursuits. John Krubski has helped some of the smartest people on the planet to think smarter and some of the most creative people to think more creatively.
Gay Teurman, Psy.D., M.F.T., is an individual and group psychotherapist, pending BCIA certification as a Neuropsychologist. Dr. Teurman currently is the Director and founder of Brain Health Clinic in East Sacramento. The Brain Health Clinic is a health psychology clinic that specializes in Traumatic brain injury, memory loss, Post-traumatic stress disorder, post-concussive syndrome, chronic depression/anxiety and many other conditions with holistic treatment interventions.
Dr. Teurman has extensive experience in the areas of program planning and development, and the formulation of state regulations and professional mental health standards as they relate to client treatment, patient rights, and client/patient confidentiality, and related ethical issues. Dr. Teurman has substantial experience in conducting clinical assessments, co-occurring disorders, clinical supervision and health psychology. She frequently makes presentations to professional audiences on various psychological issues and provides training sessions on psychological assessment and research. Dr. Teurman has broad-based experience in government system analysis and implementation of community-based legislation.
Jayan Warrier works in the field of Positive Personal/Org/Social Change. He makes use of Action Learning, Positive Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry practices in his work. Professional credentials include Certified Professional Facilitator (International Association of Facilitators), Certified Facilitator for Appreciative Inquiry Leadership, Senior Action Learning Coach (World Institute for Action Learning) and Certified Online Learning Facilitator.
His roles include Consultant for Leadership Development, OD & Action Learning in the corporate and public sector throughout Southeast Asia. Jayan has led leadership/talent/HiPo programs in corporations such as Hewlett Packard, and has designed OD interventions and facilitated workshops for organizations such as Microsoft, Fraser and Neave, the Ministry of Defense in Singapore, Singapore Prison Services, and RBS. He focuses on Leadership Alignment, Changing Mindset, Collaboration, and the building of Positive Cultures.
Dr. Suzanne Brennan Nathan is a clinical psychologist, clinical social worker and group psychotherapist recognized as a clinician, program developer and instructor in the treatment of trauma and addictions. For forty years, she has practiced psychotherapy in Boston and Newton, MA. Currently in full-time private practice, Dr. Brennan Nathan has been the clinical director of several group practices specializing in the treatment of addictions.
Suzanne has been on the clinical faculty at numerous social work schools in the Boston area, including Smith College, Boston University, Simmons College and Boston College. She was the founding director of the Family Crisis Team (Child Sexual Abuse Team) at The Cambridge Hospital and was a Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She divides her time between Boston and Northern California.
In A New Core Anchor for a Different Voice: Connection, Suzanne Brennan-Nathan writes about the role played by interpersonal connections in her own life and in the life and vitality of organizations with which she is affiliated. While “connection” did not appear on Edgar Schein’s list of core anchors, all human beings are hard-wired to connect.
Jan Bouch is an organizational and educational consultant who has gained a well-deserved reputation as a major figure in the promotion of reform in judicial systems throughout the world — working in court systems throughout North America and the Mid-East. Along with President Bergquist, Ms. Bouch conducts a cutting-edge program in the Massachusetts Judicial System and the Judicial system of the District of Columbia that involves the training of judges from throughout the system in the art and science of skillful peer mentoring.
Jan Bouch earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York – Albany and her MHS from Keene State College. Dr. Bouch completed her doctoral program in Organizational Psychology at PSP in 2013. She is a 1994 graduate of the Court Executive Development Program and has over twenty years of administrative, consulting, and education experience with courts and other organizations, and is certified to teach educational courses about the brain.
Ms. Bouch is the primary author of the National Association for Court Management’s Education, Training and Development Core Competency Guideline, and the Education, Training and Development & Leadership courses for the Michigan State University Judicial Administration program. She is also a certified executive coach. Jan can be contacted by email at: email@example.com
Teaching Mindfulness Sunita has been practicing mindfulness since 2009 and is a trained Mindfulness facilitator and coach. She has the unique ability to incorporate psychology and mindfulness into an integrated practice and uses this in her psychotherapy practices. She co-develops curriculums at Centre for Mindfulness.
Lecturing, Facilitation and Coaching Sunita has over 22 years of experience in local and regional marketing, psychology, counselling, education, mindfulness, wellbeing and training amongst others. Sunita has led workshops on Train the Trainer, Communications, EQ, Innovation, Optimism, Self Management, People Management, Mindfulness, Psychology, Counselling and Wellbeing amongst many others. She has also conducted workshops for parents, teachers and students in schools since 2006. She is currently lecturing at Ngee Ann Polytechnic as an Associate Lecturer and lectures at private institutions on counselling and psychology modules such as Counselling Children, Counselling Ethics, Counselling Skills, Group Counselling and Developmental Psychology, amongst others.
Psychotherapy and Specialization in Psychology Sunita has many years of experience practicing and teaching psychology and counselling. Her psychotherapy experience covers a wide spectrum of individuals that includes children, teens, couples, families and groups. She has experience providing therapy in schools, counselling centres, family service centres, prisons and children’s home. She is currently a private practitioner in psychotherapy and provides coaching on wellbeing and mindfulness. As part of her doctorate research, she developed a unique model for wellbeing strategies which can be used by individuals or organisations.
Raised in a bi-lingual household in a highly multicultural environment, Karin Bustamante learned to make use of multiple viewpoints and navigate complex environments. While this ability lent itself to a successful first career as a human resource professional it wasn’t until Karin reconnected with her own felt experience through the practices of yoga and meditation that she found her calling. Karin’s intention is to allow her life experience and professional goals to help organizations foster an environment that welcomes differences.
In addition to completing a Masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and fulling the requirements as Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), Karin has studied, practiced and taught yoga/meditation for over 15 years in the Denver area. She also has trained in the Hakomi Method, a body centered approach to psychotherapy. Karin Bustamante teaches at Naropa University, has a private practice where she works with individual & groups, and offers workshops in psychotherapy and yoga throughout the year.
Richard Lim is the Senior Consultant Psychologist with TASE. His organizational consultancy and training specialty is in the application of the science of focus, thinking, communication and team leadership for the achievement of excellence. Richard provides leadership development work with very diverse organizations. In more than 15 years of leadership performance consultancy, Richard has worked with leaders and senior executives from multi-national companies like Microsoft, Coca Cola (Indonesia), JP Morgan, SIA, OCBC, Continental Automotive, Shell, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Barclays Capital, National Panasonic, Fujitsu, Courts; International agencies like The Salvation Army, YMCA, Outward Bounds and World Vision; numerous government organizations and community institutions.
Dr. Lim is also an active contributor to the development of staff and research in National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, and BINUS. He was an Adjunct Professor at Nanyang Business School (NTU) on management and leadership. Richard is the current President of the Psychotherapy Association of Singapore and received his doctorate from the Professional School of Psychology, California. Richard graduated from the Graduate School of Medical Studies, National University of Singapore. Richard has given frequent media interviews on his professional works to The Straits Time, and local and overseas TV and radio programs.
Dr. Marcia Reynolds, president of Covisioning LLC is the master of teaching others how to engage in powerful conversations that connect, influence, and activate change, even when emotions are strong. From government agencies and large multi-national companies, to coaching schools in Italy, Turkey, Russia, China, India, the Philippines, and across North America, she’s been hired by organizations around the globe, not just because of her highly engaging presentations but because of ability to change people’s minds. Marcia’s books include Outsmart Your Brain, Wander Woman, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs and her latest international bestseller, Coach the Person, Not the Problem.
Dr. Reynolds is also on faculty for the International Coach Academy in Russia, Create China Coaching in China, and the Advanced Coaching Program offered by Benchmark Consulting in the Philippines. She is a Honorary Director for Potential Genesis HR Services LLP, India, developing coaches and advising on business growth and leadership in Indian organizations with coaching. Marcia was the 5th global chair of the International Coaching Federation and one of the first 25 people in the world to become a Master Certified Coach (MCC). She serves as Training Director for the Pyramid Coaching Institute and teaches for coaching schools in China, Russia, the Philippines and India, and offers master classes globally both live and online.
Dr Kevin Weitz Psy.D. is a business consultant and leadership coach specializing in culture change and organizational transformations. Kevin’s coaching focus is helping leaders navigate change specifically where new leadership behaviors are needed to be successful. He has consulted with companies such as Chevron Corp, Intel Corp, Levi Strauss, Pacific Gas & Electric and British Colombia Hydro amongst others. Kevin is the author of an eBook entitled “The House of Culture” available in Amazon.
As a Clinical and Organizational Psychologist, Mirasol focuses her consultancy on both family wellness and family owned business development. She directs the team at TASE (Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia) to offer premium psychological services to the community. She is also TASE principal consultant in training performance and resilience psychology to corporate organizations.
Mirasol has lectured in the tertiary institutions in Singapore with a focus on adolescent development and behavioural and emotion coaching for children. In this regard, she has worked with numerous parents on handling stress and motivation within the family. She runs regular parent support groups at her centre. In alignment with the growth on neuroscience emphasis, she is currently focusing on how cognitive development in integration with emotional expression enhances logical thinking skills to acquire concepts and information that are grounded in social reality.
David Skibbins, Ph.D. won the St. Martin’s Press 2004 Best Traditional Mystery Contest with his first fiction book, Eight of Swords. This successful first title in The Tarot Card Mystery Series was followed by High Priestess in 2006, The Star in 2007, and finally The Hanged Man, published in 2008. The hero of this series, Warren Ritter, is an ex-revolutionary manic-depressive, Tarot card reader on Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue. Skibbins’ latest novel, Rose’s Little Handbook of Psychotherapy, fictionalizes his personal learning and professional experiences in the field of psychology.
Skibbins has been a practicing psychotherapist for twenty-five years. He is a certified life coach, and was the founding Coordinator of the of the John F. Kennedy University Life Coaching Certificate program. He also supervises coaches-in-training at Coaches Training Institute. The Stake: The Making of Leaders, co-written with Henry Kimsey-House and published by CTI’s Co-Active Press, is a novelized exploration of that organization’s Co-Active Leadership training program. Skibbins’ latest non-fiction book, published by New Harbinger Publications is: Becoming a Life Coach, A Complete Workbook for Therapists. His previous self-help guide, Working Clean and Sober was published by Hazelden Press in 2000. Skibbins is working on the second edition of Working Clean and Sober, which will be released in 2016. David lives on the Pacific Coast at The Sea Ranch, California with his brilliant wife and his frisky Portuguese water dog. He is active in local community theater and appreciates the occasional deep conversation with his young grandsons. amazon.com
Daniel J.N. Weishut is a professional with a diverse background and twenty five years of experience in consultation and therapy with a wide variety of clients and issues. Taking a world-view that people are diverse but equal, he offers his services as a “Partner on the Way”. He is a licensed clinical psychologist living in Jerusalem with more than twelve year of experience in governance and management in various organizations and more than twenty years of group facilitation and provision of psychotherapy to individual clients.
Daniel Weishut works with a variety of clients. However, his special interest is in work with those who have found themselves persecuted or otherwise in conflict with their social environment, because of their culture, identity or belief system. For example: migrants, expats, refugees, Holocaust survivors, soldiers, pacifists, and individuals from religious, cultural or sexual minorities. Dr. Weishut serves as a Board Member of the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy. is active in Amnesty International as Chairperson of the Control Committee (Israel Section), and is part of a project for raising awareness about the situation of Bedouins around Jerusalem.