Fielding Graduate University News

Fielding Launches Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education

Posted by Starshine Roshell on Thu, Jan 07, 2016


On January 15, 2016, Fielding Graduate University will launch its brand new Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education, a multidisciplinary research and advocacy center that will advance diversity and inclusion throughout society. It honors the life and legacy of the late Marie Fielder, PhD, a brilliant and influential African American educator and champion for social justice, who was a member of Fielding’s founding family in the 1970s.
The Center aims to become a significant national entity for advancing public discourse and advocacy on social democracy, leadership and especially education—K-12 through university.
“Social and ecological justice has resided at the cornerstone of Fielding’s mission since its founding in 1974,” says Katrina Rogers, PhD, president of Fielding. “Among its earliest leaders was Dr. Marie Fielder, who lived her life in pursuit of justice and inclusion of all people in all aspects of civic life. Through the Marie Fielder Center, Fielding reaffirms its commitment to conducting the research, providing the public and academic education, and engaging in the advocacy in diverse communities that is required to ensure the notion that while ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, it bends toward justice.’”
At the launch event during Winter Session, Fielding will also present the inaugural Marie Fielder medal to Walter Bumphus, PhD, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges.

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Two Fielding Alumni From Different Schools: Collaboration in Action

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Jan 30, 2014

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Save the Dates:Rocky Mountain Virtual Research Retreat, Nov 2-3, 2013

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Oct 21, 2013

Fielding Graduate University is Pleased to Announce the Annual Rocky Mountain Virtual Research Retreat 

RMVRR Save the Date Nov 2 3 2013

Learn valuable research skills via GoToMeeting!

Click here to download the full program and sign in information.

Who Can Attend?  ELC, HOD, and SoP Students, Faculty, Alumni, and Prospects  

Questions? Please email Jenny Edwards (

Session 1—Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

Research Design - Mark Scanlon-Greene, ELC Faculty
In this session, we will examine the process of turning our ideas into a research study.  We will look at matching the questions we hope our study will answer or the phenomena we want to better understand to the research method(s) that are the best fit for our needs.  The session will begin with an overview of research methods, and then we will see how we can determine which method (or combination of methods) is best for our dissertation.  Appointments can also be scheduled for individual consultation after the session.

Decolonizing Epistemologies and Methodologies - Margo Okazawa-Rey, HOD Faculty
How do you know what you know? What is “real” knowledge? How has research been employed for both colonial and liberatory projects? We will explore these questions and more during this session through conversation about key concepts and principles that challenge and provide alternatives to positivist perspectives and values about ways of knowing and research.

Perspectives on Narrative Approaches to Research on Trauma 
Connie Corley, PhD, Bart Buechner, MA, & Zieva Konvisser, PhD, School of HOD
Based on the work of three researchers who have studied Holocaust survivors, war veterans, and survivors of terrorism, this presentation will address the following:
1.  Overview of narrative research and trauma, including theoretical perspectives;
2.  Narrative research methods—what are they and how used with other cultures of inquiry (e.g., CMM, phenomenology, quantitative survey research); and
3.  Role of narrative as therapy—prospects for healing.

Research in Media and Social Change - Jean-Pierre Isbouts, Media Psychology Faculty
Jean-Pierre will provide an overview of qualitative research with a focus on hermeneutics, text criticism, and oral inquiry as they pertain to media artifacts. He believes that it is not possible to analyze human creativity, including media and artifacts, by purely statistical means. Ergo, any doctoral student who wishes to look at the interaction of individuals or communities with media or creative expression in whatever form will need to penetrate the motives and Gestaltung behind the origination of such artifacts, which statistical instruments alone cannot accomplish.

Analyzing Quantitative Data with IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS): Part One - Jenny Edwards, ELC Faculty
In this seminar, you will learn how to:
· Set up a codebook
· Enter data into SPSS
· Ensure that the data have been entered correctly
· Run descriptive statistics
· Manipulate the data
Prior to the seminar, please download the trial version from It will last for two weeks.

Using Indigenous Research Methodology: Perspectives and Values for YOUR Research Project (Even if it is not about Indigenous Peoples) - Four Arrows, ELC Faculty
This seminar will introduce students to ways the growing field of Indigenous Research Methodology can enhance your work as a doctoral student interested in significant change agentry in education and in the world at large, especially that which engages social/ecological justice and diversity issues. Topics covered will include rethinking the purpose of the dissertation; focusing on how knowledge is legitimized; creating new levels of insight; understanding alternative ways of knowing and research; and ending colonizing and oppressive assumptions.
Recommended Reading:
Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education
The Authentic Dissertation: Alternative Ways of Knowing, Research and Representation

Critiquing a Peer-reviewed Research Article- Marie Farrell, HOD Faculty
In this session, we will take two typical articles found in peer-reviewed journals in Human and Organizational Development. One will focus on a qualitative descriptive study, the other on an empirical study. The two articles will be posted in advance to allow for participants to familiarize themselves with the topic and the elements the researchers include.

Session 2—Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

Advanced Library Research Methods - Elizabeth Borghi, Instruction and Reference Librarian
This session will provide you with the techniques required to be a more independent and skilled researcher in the library. Specifically, you will learn how to conduct advanced searches in FASTSearch; how to conduct in-depth research in individual databases using tools like Boolean operators, limiters, thesauri, and subject terms; and how to construct a research strategy. We will also cover basics on how to use EndNote to manage your citations and bibliographies. If you have any research questions or topics you’d like us to demonstrate at the session, please email them to before November 1. 

Writing An Action Research Dissertation - Rodney Beaulieu, ELC Faculty
In this session, we will review some possible ways to frame and organize an action research dissertation, following a traditional five-chapter format: introduction, literature review, research methods, research findings, and discussion.  

Research Design - Mark Scanlon-Greene, ELC Faculty
In this session, we will examine the process of turning our ideas into a research study.  We will look at matching the questions we hope our study will answer or the phenomena we want to better understand to the research method(s) that are the best fit for our needs.  The session will begin with an overview of research methods, and then we will see how we can determine which method (or combination of methods) is best for our dissertation.  Appointments can also be scheduled for individual consultation after the session.

Writing a Grant to Fund Your Dissertation Research - Barbara Freeman, ELC Alumna
The aim of this presentation is to help participants write a winning grant proposal to help fund their dissertation research. Over the past decade, Dr. Barbara Freeman, the session facilitator, has raised close to $10 million to fund the research and development of her digital educational interventions for K-12 students. In this session, she will share specific strategies that can improve one’s probability of success. Participants will gain an understanding of how to identify funding organizations that may take a genuine interest in their research proposal. They will also learn how to make a compelling argument regarding the significance of their work, clearly articulate the research basis of their work, and ensure consistency between the core of their dissertation and research plan. Using an interactive case study approach, we will explore issues, including defining the research question, selecting the appropriate research design and data analysis methodology, assessing learning outcomes and performance measures, employing formative and summative evaluation techniques, and ensuring fidelity of implementation.

Analyzing Quantitative Data with IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS): Part Two - Jenny Edwards, ELC Faculty
In this seminar, you will learn how to:
· Choose the correct statistical procedure to use
· Use graphs to describe and explore the data
· Check assumptions for the various statistical procedures that we will be covering
· Run correlations and partial correlations
· Run Chi-Square
· Run inferential statistics such as paired-samples t-tests, independent samples t-tests, and one-way Analysis of Variance
Prior to the seminar, please download the trial version from It will be good for two weeks.

Zotero and Other Aps to Make Writing Easier - Jennifer Frank, ELC Alumna
Learn to use Zotero for organizing your references for classes and the dissertation, as well as other apps for writing.
Special SUNDAY Global Pre-Session Event Sunday, Nov. 3

7 am-9 am Pacific / 8 am-10 am Mountain / 9 am-11 am Central / 10 am-12 noon Eastern / 3 pm-5 pm UK Greenwich / 4 pm-6pm Europe / 11pm-1 am China

Spirit and Work–Research and Practice -with Pauline Albert, Lenneal Henderson, Rick Moody, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, and David Blake Willis 

How do we make better social worlds by bringing our spiritual selves to our work and research? We draw on the wisdom of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, Confucius, Rumi, and Krishna, as well as contemporaries such as Barnett Pierce, Charlie Seashore, Marshall Ganz, Edward Said, and others as we discuss how to do research that brings a spiritual dimension into our work along with traditional analytical approaches. We engage in learning how CMM, use of self, and public narratives can be useful in integrating our inner lives into our actions in the world. Welcome to our exploration of bringing spiritual dimensions to our work and research!!

Session 3—Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

Evaluating Scholarly Literature - Leila González Sullivan, ELC Faculty
In this session, students will learn the purpose of a literature review in the context of a scholarly paper or their chosen dissertation topic and review the components of an article that should be evaluated before including the article in a paper.  They will analyze selected articles, examine reference lists for leads to other articles and discuss the proper structure for a literature review. Applications to the students’ dissertation work will be emphasized throughout.

Focus Groups: Organizing, Conducting, and Analyzing - Kathy Tiner, ELC Faculty
This session will be an introduction to the use of Focus Group Interviews as a data collection tool.  Included in this interactive session will be information on the following:
· Why Focus Groups?
· Practical tasks using focus groups
· Developing questions for focus groups
· Facilitating focus groups
· Analyzing and reporting focus group results

Ethical Perspectives on Doing Research Outside the US - Margo Okazawa-Rey, HOD Faculty
What happens when “Americans” conduct research outside US culture, languages, and ways of being and doing? We will explore this overarching question with emphasis on ethics and ethical dilemmas.

Understanding the IRB Process - Mike Meraz, IRB Administrator and Jenny Edwards,
ELC IRB Member
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee charged with the oversight of all research with human subjects conducted at Fielding to ensure that the rights of participants are adequately protected.  The IRB Administrator (Mike Meraz) and IRB Member (Jenny Edwards) will offer a brief overview of Research Ethics and clarify the role the IRB plays in the dissertation process.  Students will be provided with a comprehensive description of the IRB process from submission through the closing of their study. If you have questions about the IRB, email

Writing Outside of Pages and Word: Using Non-Linear Tools to Research, Write, and Collaborate - Gigi Johnson, ELC Alumna
Programs like Word and Pages often lock us into linear metaphors of work.  In Word, we can use the Reference tool to see an outline down the left side, but that tends to be the level of iterative connection it brings. There are other ways to connect and create new combinations with our long-term work. We will focus on EverNote, Scrivener, and other visualization tools to work on writing and research in image-driven settings, as well as concept maps and iPad-based apps.  We will examine how we can gather research over the long haul, connect our work together in new ways, and use these tools as group tools to collaborate with other scholar/practitioners.  We will look at not just how to gather ideas for dissertations, but how to start gathering ideas together earlier in KAs and other professional work for long-term research and writing flow.

Charting the Course for a Smooth Doctoral Journey - Kay Hensler Phelps, ELC Alumna
Join ELC alumna, Dr. Kay Phelps, for a roundtable session on practical tips and support that will enhance your doctoral journey. Topics include:
• A search focus with the studies
• Arranging for focus groups and interviews
• Preparing for the Institutional Review Board
• Managing work, research, and family and...
• Taking care of yourself in the process!

Fill in the Blanks for a Strong Academic Paper - Jennifer Frank, ELC Alumna
Well-written academic papers follow a format that easily conveys your ideas to the reader. The problem is that most writers either don't know or don't follow that format. Jennifer Frank is an ELC graduate who works as a writing tutor and instructor. In this presentation, you will learn the basic structure that works for everything from a five-paragraph essay to a full-length dissertation. When you approach academic papers using this common framework, all you have to do is fill in the blanks with your ideas.

Session 4—Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

Using Venn Diagrams - Anna DiStefano, ELC Faculty
In this seminar, we will play with Venn diagrams as a way of organizing our thinking about a research question.  Using Venn diagrams can help us clarify the relationships among key concepts.  We can then use that clarity to organize a review of the literature more powerfully to make an argument.  On my sign-up site are two light-hearted examples of Venn diagrams.  Please also read the article by John Clarke before the seminar and, if possible, sketch out a Venn diagram or two about a research topic of interest to you.  While I will present a few key ideas at the beginning of the seminar, we will spend most of the time playing around with possible ways of organizing your ideas.

Research Design Basics, Correlation and Factor Analytic Basics, and Visual Presentation of Data - David Peterzell, SoP Faculty
Research Design Basics (45 minutes) will introduce the scientific method (problem, design, analysis, publication), and research methodologies (descriptive, correlational, experimental). Correlation and Factor Analytic Basics (45 minutes) will provide a simple, intuitive, non-computational introduction using individual differences data from my own research.  
Visual Presentation of Data (15 minutes) will provide simple tips for using graphs from the beginning to end of a research project. 

Writing Outside of Pages and Word: Using Non-Linear Tools to Research, Write, and Collaborate - Gigi Johnson, ELC Alumna
Programs like Word and Pages often lock us into linear metaphors of work.  In Word, we can use the Reference tool to see an outline down the left side, but that tends to be the level of iterative connection it brings.  There are other ways to connect and create new combinations with our long-term work. We will focus on EverNote, Scrivener, and other visualization tools to work on writing and research in image-driven settings, as well as concept maps and iPad-based apps.  We will examine how we can gather research over the long haul, connect our work together in new ways, and use these tools as group tools to collaborate with other scholar/practitioners.  We will look at not just how to gather ideas for dissertations, but how to start gathering ideas together earlier in KAs and other professional work for long-term research and writing flow.
Research in Virtual Environments: Challenges and Results - S. Mackenzie Glander-Dolo, HOD Alum
This session will critically analyze doing research in virtual environments using a Trust study in Second Life as an example. Recent studies indicate that emails and Twitter elicit mean and angry responses (Brennan & Ohaeri, 1999; Rui Fan, Jichang Zhao, Yan Chen, Ke Xu, 2013) more than any other emotion. These are generally asynchronous communication, so the question arises whether or not synchronous virtual environments are also impacted and impacting business and personal relationships. Using participants in Second Life (SL), this study looks particularly at trust relationships using mixed methods: a tool called Virtual Environment Interpersonal Trust Scale and interviews. Initial results and challenges along with a compilation of previous SL research will be reported. Students are welcome to send discussion questions ahead of time. Please send questions to  

Fielding’s First Collaborative Dissertation:  1 + 1 = 3 with Mary Ann Burke, ELC Alumna and Kathy Norwood, ELC Alumna and EBC Faculty
Mary Ann and Kathy have just completed the first collaborative dissertation in the history of Fielding Graduate University. They will be giving an inside look at how this pioneering effort unfolded.  From its inception through the final product, they will talk about the benefits and potential pitfalls in undertaking a collaborative dissertation. Be prepared to “think outside the box” as they expand the horizons on dissertation possibilities. 
Analyzing Qualitative Data with the ATLAS.ti Qualitative Data Analysis Software Program - Jenny Edwards, ELC Faculty
Participants will learn to do the following tasks in the ATLAS.ti qualitative data analysis software program:
· Entering data
· Coding data
· Creating families of primary documents and codes
· Writing memos
· Producing output
· Creating networks
· Running searches using the Query Tool
· And many other tasks!

Click here to download the full program and sign in information.

Questions? email Jenny Edwards (



Tags: educational leadership, organizational change, qualitative research, fielding graduate university, research

Ruthellen Josselson, named editor of new APA Journal, Qualitative Psychology

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, May 31, 2013

Accumulating and sharing knowledge in Qualitative Research

Cover of Qualitative Psychology (medium)Fielding Graduate University's School of Psychology faculty member Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, takes a leading role in the advancement of qualitative psychology across the country.

Qualitative Psychology is a new bi-annual publication of The Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (a Section of APA Division 5) starting in 2014 with Josselson selected as editor. This journal aims to represent a wide variety of methodological approaches including narrative, discourse analysis, life history, phenomenology, ethnography, action research, and case study. The mission of this journal is to provide a forum for innovative methodological, theoretical, and empirical work that advances qualitative inquiry in psychology. Studies published in this journal will often focus on substantive topics, while also highlighting issues of epistemology, the philosophy of science, methodological criteria, or other matters bearing upon the formulation, execution, and interpretation of qualitative research.

Along with her role as editor, Josselson RJ book cover resized 600recently published a new book titled, Interviewing for Qualitative Inquiry: A Relational Approach.

Engagingly written, this book builds the reader's skills for conducting in-depth interviews designed to address a particular research question. With an emphasis on the dynamics of the research relationship, Josselson artfully demonstrates the steps of a successful interview. Each step is illustrated with excerpts from interviews on diverse topics. The book describes how to structure interviews effectively, develop questions that elicit meaningful narratives, cultivate skills for empathic listening and responding, avoid common pitfalls, and deal with problems that develop in an interview.

RuthellenKeeping her calendar full, Josselson was the keynote speaker at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Champaign-Urbana, IL on May 15, 2013.  The conference was a major opening conference at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI). Now at it’s ninth edition, the QI Congress provides opportunities for lively and exciting debates on qualitative inquiry as a shared, innovative, and global endeavor that engages social justice and disparities in social, educational, and health sciences.

Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, is professor of clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University and a psychotherapist in practice. She was formerly a professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. Her research focuses on women’s identity and on human relationships. She received both the Henry A. Murray Award and the Theodore R. Sarbin Award from the American Psychological Association as well as a Fulbright Fellowship. She has been active in group relations work for many years, consults to organizations, and lectures and conducts workshops both nationally and internationally. She is co-director of the Irvin D. Yalom Institute of Psychotherapy. On her approach to therapy: “I work from a psychodynamic and an existential psychotherapy perspective. I think of psychotherapy as a project that two people undertake together to try to better understand the problems of living in order to make changes that serve growth and personal fulfillment. I work primarily with conflicts concerning relationships, work and identity, and these often underlie symptoms of anxiety and depression.”


Tags: APA, higher education, fielding graduate university, research

Fielding doctoral student Carol A. Preston-Brown selected to present at 14th Annual Narrowing the Gulf Conference

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Mar 14, 2013

Carol Feb 2013 no logo 6480pix resized 600Fielding Graduate University Educational Leadership & Change doctoral student and alumna Carol A. Preston-Brown, MA, (OMOD ’06) chosen to present at the Narrowing the Gulf 14th Annual Conference at the St. Petersburg College Critical Thinking Institute on April 4-5, 2013, in Clearwater, Florida.

Identified as an emerging scholar, Preston-Brown will present a workshop based on her dissertation research titled “Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water: An Intervention for Youth Aging Out of the Foster Care System," in which she states: 

Education outcomes for former foster youth are dismal. Although 70% of youth in foster care want to go to college (Rassen, Cooper, & Mery, 2010), the resources available for their success in California Community colleges are clearly insufficient.  My dissertation research begins with the mandate of the Chancellor of California Community Colleges to create systems of support for former foster youth who transition to community colleges.  My work also addresses the significance of academic K-12 preparation, which should lay the foundation to support quality-of-life-goals, so former foster youth can become contributing members of society.  

The annual Narrowing the Gulf Conference focuses on improving classroom instruction and supporting services for underrepresented students in postsecondary education. Preston-Brown’s research dovetails well with the theme of the conference given that she discusses former foster youth on the community college campus. Her research follows the theories of Maslow, Friere, Chickering, and Erickson as she explores the lack of positive outcomes and support for these students.

To view the full conference schedule, click here.

Tags: educational leadership, learning, research

Fielding alumna Dorianne Cotter-Lockard accepted for presentation at the International Association of Management, Spirituality, and Religion Conference in Lourdes, France

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Feb 05, 2013

Dorianne Cotter Lockard, PhD resized 600"The Generative Team: How chamber music coaches use love and energy to enable student musicians to collaborate effectively," a paper by Fielding alumna Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, PhD (HOD, '12), was accepted for presentation at the International Association of Management, Spirituality, and Religion Conference in Lourdes, France, May 16-May 19, 2013.

The paper is based on the dissertation study by Cotter-Lockard of the chamber music coaching process and rehearsal techniques used by the Cavani String Quartet (CSQ) at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM).  CSQ designed a set of rehearsal techniques over a 20 year period to address team dynamics and ensemble performance within chamber music groups.  A rehearsal technique is a specific practice taught by the coaches in coaching sessions and used by students during their rehearsals.

The research design included semi-structured interviews of members of the CSQ and their chamber music students, video-recordings of coaching sessions and individual post-coaching session interviews of students and coaches.  The findings showed that creating an environment for learning and performance based on the concepts of loving, relating, and inspiring, is a key factor in the chamber music coaching process.  Furthermore, the findings point to several elements needed to create a generative team: (a) positivity, (b) caring communication, (c) empowerment, (d) commitment, (e) shifting perspective, (f) becoming the other, (g) leaving a legacy, and (h) expressing energy and love.  I discuss how these concepts align with the literature related to spirituality at work, and how they might be applied to non-musical organization settings.      

Cotter-Lockard served as an executive of a Fortune 100 company for eight years, where she was a key member of the “C-level” leadership team, making divisional decisions for a billion dollar subsidiary with 9,000 employees.  Under her leadership, her organization implemented a comprehensive core values, culture management and communication program that included rewards and recognition, hiring, and promotion practices based on demonstration of core values behaviors. 

Cotter-Lockard has taught as an adjunct faculty member at California Lutheran University and served on several academic governance committees at Fielding Graduate University.  She conducts research in the areas of team collaboration, leadership, coaching, music education, and spirituality in the workplace.  She is an active member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences.  She serves as the board president of the Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation and as a board member of the Hefferlin Foundation.     

Cotter-Lockard earned a PhD and an MA in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, and an MBA in Finance from New York University, Stern School of Business.  She earned her bachelor of music degree at the Eastman School of Music and is certified by Deep Change Inc. as a Spiritual Intelligence coach.

Tags: educational leadership, conference, research

Partnering with Patients to Understand and Improve their Healthcare Experiences

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Dec 18, 2012

“The main thing... the care you're receiving, that one you will remember forever, because if it's a good care done or people listen to your problem or answer your questions or be pleasant, or just say simply say "hi" to you, it matters, because that you will remember." (Research Participant)

Partnering with Patients to Understand and Improve Their Healthcare Experiences: Pilot Study Report

Funded by: University Health Network, Toronto, ON Canada
Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC Canada
Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA USA

Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN), with its four world-renowned teaching hospitals, is committed to providing the highest quality of patient-centered care. The study’s results represent variation in ways of experiencing patient satisfaction at Toronto Western. Analysis of the patients’ stories produced evidence-based categories of experiences. The prioritized relationships among these categories are represented as five levels of needs in an outcome space that represents patient satisfaction at Toronto Western. 

The pilot study established the foundation for a sustainable and cost-effective phenomenographic research that would complement and add important additional information to the NRC+ Picker survey. This combined knowledge could help UHN continue excel in innovative approaches and tools to measure health outcomes from the patient’s perspective. 

The preparatory work has been completed. Sustainable, limited phenomenographic research could be implemented with minimal design modification and limited costs. The value to UHN of subsequent research would be cumulative, expanding the knowledge from this pilot.

Dorothy Eastman Agger-GuptaThis report was written and revised by Fielding faculty and interim associate dean of HOD Dorothy Agger-Gupta and Niels Agger-Gupta (HOD '01), co-principal investigators for the pilot study, with important contributions from co-principal investigator Joy Richards, PhD (HOD '08), and co-investigators Carolyn Plummer (HOD student). Alumna Mary Ferguson Pare (HOD '97), who was recently awarded the most prestigious award Order of Canada, along with Petrina McGrath (HOD student) were also participants in the report. Several other HOD students and alumni contriubuted to the initial planning as well.

Correspondence author for this report Dorothy Agger-­‐Gupta: 

Tags: graduate education, human development, research

What Therapists Learn from Psychotherapy Clients: Effects on Personal and Professional Lives

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Dec 12, 2012

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Article published in "The Qualitative Report" by Fielding Graduate University faculty, alumni, and students: What Therapists Learn from Psychotherapy Clients: Effects on Personal and Professional Lives

To view article, click here: The Qualitative Report 2012 Volume 17, Article 95, 1-21

Abstract: While considerable research has examined how clients learn from psychotherapists, there is only sparse literature on what therapists learn from their therapy clients. In a qualitative, exploratory study, nine researchers interviewed 61 psychologists from across North America in order to see what psychotherapists may have learned and how they have been affected by their clients both personally and professionally. Participants responded to nine open-ended questions on learning about life-lessons, relationships, ethical decision-making, coping, courage, wisdom, psychopathology, personality, cultural differences, lifespan development and more. Participants’ richly elaborated responses were coded thematically and narrative data illustrates the most frequent themes. Therapists reported learning a great deal across each of the questions, consistently expressing respect for their clients' resilience, courage and moral sensibilities.

Led by Fielding faculty Sherry Hatcher, PhD, ABPP, authors included Fielding alumna Adriana Kipper-Smith, PhD (PSY '12), and Fielding students Manuela Waddell, Mechtild Uhe, Joanne S. West, Jason H. Boothe, Joan M. Frye, Katherine Tighe, Kelly L. Usselman, and Patricia Gingras.

Sherry Hatcher resized 600Dr. Hatcher is a member of the core psychology faculty at Fielding Graduate University, following over two decades as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, University of Michigan where she taught in both the undergraduate and graduate Psychology programs and was presented with three Excellence in Education Awards. Including the present study, Dr. Hatcher has initiated and supervised a number of research projects with her graduate students at both universities, resulting in national presentations at the American Psychological Association Convention and publications in journals such as Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. Dr. Hatcher was a long time member of the Ethics Committee of the Michigan Psychological Association and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of Michigan and Connecticut. 

This published article is a result of cross-cluster/multi-site research. 

Fielding’s Clinical Psychology PhD program combines face-to-face student-faculty meetings at local, regional, and national events with independent study and online learning in real time (synchronous) and any time (asynchronous). The vibrant learning community supports students with small group faculty-student interactions that are collegial, collaborative, and respectful.  These blended, distributed learning elements combine to help students achieve educational and professional goals. Students meet regularly with their local faculty advisor in small learning groups called clusters. Activities include formal academic seminars and presentations, clinical presentations & discussions, research training, and informal networking and socializing. 

Tags: psychology, clinical psychology, graduate education, research

Dr. Bernard Luskin: Join the Society for Media Psychology & Technology

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Nov 15, 2012

Dr. Luskin has an exceptional history as an administrator, educator and leader in media psychology. Bernie Luskin has made many contributions and pioneered new programs," said Dr. Judith Kuipers, President Emeritus of Fielding Graduate University. "While at Fielding, Bernie developed and launched the first MA Ph.D. program in Media Psychology and EdD program in Media Studies in any university. Partnering with UCLA Extension, he launched a successful master's degree program in Media Psychology and Social Change, and at Touro University Worldwide he launched an MA degree program in Media and Communications Psychology," said Kuipers. From PR Newswire 

Join The Society for Media Psychology & Technology

Published on Psychology Today (

This article explains the APA Society for Media Psychology and Technology and gives you an overview of media psychology refined from many years in this field.


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Creative media applications in learning are rapidly expanding. Focus on MOOCS, online and blended learning, augmented reality, artificial intelligence; robotics in commerce, education, public policy, telehealth, and military applications from inner to outer space are increasing. Twenty-first century educational institutions need more sophisticated faculty and staff who understand higher concepts in media arts and sciences. Individuals must now grasp the implications of media to perform competitively in the majority of new and emerging occupational specialties.

Theories in psychology are fundamental.

Media psychology includes the understanding of the physical and emotional aspects of the brain. Range of emotion, expression, persuasion, sexuality and gender are among the areas of continuing study within media psychology. Also included are theories of attention, persuasion, emotional control, believability, situational cognition, assessment, learning, mind mapping, persistence, reinforcement, mastery, success and failure. “Pscybermedia,” is a neologism combining psychology (human behavior), artificial intelligence (cybernetics) and media (pictures, graphics and sound).

Applying the art and science of media psychology has become essential to effective teaching. Media psychologists study and report the effects of research on sensory and cognitive processes that impact cultural attitudes and values.

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Effects studies show the way.

Effects research examines how the various news and entertainment media affect, and are affected by, audiences, their demographics and numbers. Examples of media influences include the formation, maintenance and/or change of individual and group stereotypes. On-camera and off-camera diversity representation, the framing of media stories and news, advertising, public service messages, political messages and more, directly influence overt and nuanced human behavior.

Understanding applied media psychology is important for those who work with and within the public and private sectors. Specifically included are government, military, public and private health services and all areas of telecommunications, teletherapy and commerce. The pursuit of commercial opportunities and innovations in the delivery of online learning for traditional education institutions and corporate university populations are equally important areas.  Media psychologists are among the professionals who consult with producers of printed and electronic books, films, those who appear as guests or hosts on radio or television, and all who offer on-line services involving advice, counseling information, expert testimony in litigation and dispute resolution.


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scholar/practitioner approach is increasingly important for many career professionals. The scientist-clinical and applied practitioner is a natural disciple of the media psychology specialty.  Thucydides, author of The History of the Peloponnesian War written in 431 B.C.E., is reputed to have said it best:

“A nation that draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking being done by cowards, and its fighting done by fools.”

Combining research, theory and practice maximizes new opportunities in health services, public service and public policy, publishing, education, entertainment and commerce for those with a solid foundational understanding of theories in psychology and their connection to human behavior.

The APA Society for Media Psychology and Technology will heighten awareness, open new career options and serve as a catalyst in providing a forum so that working together we can achieve a better world.

Society Website:


Luskin, Bernard Jay, (1970) An Identification and Examination of Obstacles to the Development of Computer Assisted Instruction, University Microfilm ID: 7199656, 288 pages

Luskin, B. J., & Friedland, L. (1998). Task force report: Media psychology and new technologies. Washington, DC: Division of Media Psychology, Division 46 of the American Psychological Association. Link:

Luskin, B.J. (2003, May/June) Media psychology: A field that’s time is here, The California PsychologistMay/June, 2003, reprinted, National Psychologist


Dr. Bernard Luskin is President-elect (2014), of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology, the Media Psychology Division 46 of the American Psychological Association. In 2011, the Society recognized Bernie Luskin with its award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Media Psychology. He can be reached at:



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National Geographic Book presents new release: In the Footsteps of Jesus by Fielding faculty Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Nov 07, 2012

In the Footsteps of Jesus: A Chronicle of His Life and the Origins of Christianity

A Modern Reconstruction of Jesus from Nazareth based on archaeology, anthropology, historical records and gospel

New book examines dissident movements, Jesus’ relationship with women and new theories about his life and ministry

According to In the Footsteps of Jesus, a new publication from National Geographic Books, Jesus and his father, Joseph, may have been skilled workers forced into labor on the rebuilding of Sepphoris, the Galilean capital. Drawing from a variety of evidence, the book reports that many scholars have begun to explore this theory for several reasons: One relates to the various meanings of tektōn, which though translated in the King James Bible as “carpenter,” also can be defined as “skilled worker.” Secondly, conscripting labor from surrounding villages was a familiar operating procedure in Roman vassal states.

The book also suggests that many of the poor and hungry peasants who flocked to Jesus were, in fact, victims of Herod the Great’s rapacious tax policies. Additionally, the book examines Jesus’ treatment and acceptance of women. This issue was recently brought into the spotlight by the controversy over a Coptic papyrus fragment referring to Jesus’ wife, so the discussion in the book is particularly well-timed. In the Footsteps of Jesus purports that Jesus even counted women among his Apostles. The Gospel of Philip, for example, states that “the companion of the [Savior is] Mary Magdalene.” However, the book cautions that terms such as “companion” or “wife” were often used metaphorically in Jewish and Christian texts of the time.

These are just some of the insights contained in this fresh portrait of the historical Jesus. “This is a Jesus for the 21st century,” says author Jean-Pierre Isbouts, a humanities scholar and author of National Geographic’s bestseller “The Biblical World” (2007). “This is a Jesus who is deeply involved in the social issues of his day and is determined to create a new paradigm for a compassionate society despite the political reality of Roman occupation.”

To make its case, the book not only draws from a vast array of visual evidence, including all-new photography, archaeological objects, literary sources and scores of detailed maps, but also from sources not usually associated with the historical Jesus, such as studies of Roman tax data.

Isbouts spent 15 years researching the historical Jesus, emphatically looking for sources not deeply investigated by his peers. “We tend to become very focused on our specialties in this field,” he says. “Archaeologists look for archaeological data; text experts look for literary data and anthropologists search for cultural evidence. Insights from people like economists or forensic sociologists are rarely consulted. So this book is an effort to reconstruct the man from Nazareth with input from all those different disciplines.”

Isbouts worked with a board of advisers and numerous other scholars from a variety of fields to corroborate his findings and paint a clear picture of Jesus of Nazareth within the appropriate and telling historical and cultural context. His board of advisers included:

  • Shaye J. D. Cohen, Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Harvard University

  • Craig Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University

  • Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., Professor of New Testament Studies, president of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and general editor of the Oxford Catholic Study Bible

What emerges from the book’s pages is a very modern portrait of a grassroots spiritual reformer, fired by the socio-economic injustices of the Galilee and Judea of his day. This makes the book surprisingly relevant for our own era, when the Middle East is once again convulsed by the collision of political, religious and ideological forces.

For those readers for whom Jesus has become a remote personality, veiled by centuries of church dogma and Christology, In the Footsteps of Jesus offers a fresh and often moving encounter with a fully realized human being; a social and spiritual activist whose message still resonates with the great issues of our day.

About the Author

Jean-Pierre Isbouts completed his doctoral program on archaeology and art at the University of Leyden and is currently professor in two doctoral programs at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. He has written several other books, including National Geographic’s “The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas” and “From Moses to Muhammad.” Isbouts has also written four television programs that explore the legacy of the Bible, including the Hallmark television mini-series “The Quest for Peace,” which won the 2005 Gold Aurora Award and the 2005 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award.

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