Chair & Faculty: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Depth Psychology
The faculty members of Pacifica's Clinical Psy.D. Psychology program bring a passion for education and a wealth of real-world experience into the classroom.
As leaders in their fields, the members of Pacifica's faculty include authors of international acclaim, renowned lecturers, practicing psychologists, and certified analysts. Many of the faculty are also meditation teachers, social activists, artists, and philosophers.
All Clinical faculty members share a passion for transformative forms of education and are dedicated to working with adult learners. To learn more about the faculty in the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, read the individual descriptions below.
Oksana Yakushko, Ph.D.Dr. Yakushko's training and interests span depth psychology, women and gender studies, and psychology. Her clinical and research interests focus on immigration, human trafficking, diversity, and gender issues. In addition, she has written on indigenous healing practices, women's spirituality, multicultural counseling approaches, and qualitative cross-cultural research methods. Dr. Yakushko has published over 50 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and book reviews. She has received several awards for her scholarly work and activism including an APA Presidential Citations (2008), (2011) and the Oliva Espin Social Justice Award (2008). In addition to her scholarly work, she has been active in the American Psychological Association and local initiatives focused on health and spirituality. Her goal as a chair is to nurture both the students and the clinical programs toward a soulful engagement with issues of today's world, inside and outside the classroom. In December 2016, she published this article:
Yakushko, O., Hoffman, L., Morgan Consoli, M. L., & Lee, G. (2016). On methods, methodologies, and continued colonization of knowledge in the study of 'ethnic minorities': Comment on Hall et al. (2016). American Psychologist, 71(9), 890-891. doi:10.1037/amp0000060.
Blog posts by her include:
Director of Clinical Training
Juliet Rohde-Brown, Ph.D.,is the program's Director of Clinical Training. She was a core faculty member as well as the Director of Practicum Training in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Santa Barbara for a number of years and she served in the role of Interim Chair for two years. Her articles and reviews have been published in journals such as Psychological Perspectives, Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, and the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, among others. Her main areas of interest are in what is currently referred to as the biofield and in transpersonal inquiry. Juliet is a past-president of Imagery International, an organization composed of health and wellness practitioners who honor the role of the imagination in healing. She is a founding board member of Tierra Sagrada: Sacred Earth Foundation, an organization that honors and advocates for indigenous ways of knowing. She has introduced role play, trauma education, and compassion-somatic-based imagery practices to inmates at Corcoran Prison as a volunteer through Restorative Justice Resources and she has facilitated workshops and retreats at La Casa de Maria and other venues. She has been involved with meditative practices for the past two decades and she is a licensed psychologist with a small practice in Carpinteria.
Our core faculty serve as role models for meeting our program goals in Clinical Practice, Scholarly Inquiry and Research, and Depth Psychology and the Humanities. The credentials, theoretical orientation, and applied experience of our Core and Adjunct faculty provide the expertise for students to attain our program goals.
Mathew Bennett, Psy.D.,is a licensed clinical psychologist, lecturer, and administrator with experience in public sector mental health and substance abuse treatment. He has broad experience in program development. He was formerly founder and first Director of Training for the Ventura County Behavioral Health Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology and Chair-Elect of the Psychology Department at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California. His research interests include personality disorders, comparative personality theory, and internet applications for mental health. Dr. Bennett is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer ("Poland III, 1991-1993").
Dr. Jim Broderick, Ph.D.,has over forty years of experience in providing mental health services to individuals with serious mental illness. Jim was the Mental Health Director in two California counties for nearly twenty years (Shasta and Santa Barbara) and developed an APA approved pre-doctoral Internship program in Clinical psychology in Shasta County.
Dr. Broderick has been recognized by the California Mental Health Directors Association and two county Boards of Supervisors as a leading advocate for the mentally ill in California. Since 1995 he has been an APA site visitor for pre-doctoral internships and post-doctoral residency programs. His professional interests include the study of serious mental illness and the application of critical theory and phenomenological methodologies in clinical research.
His academic interests include phenomenology, existentialism, critical theory, and evidence-based psychotherapy. His major therapeutic interests include Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy with a Jungian orientation.
Jason Butler, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and an assistant professor in the Holistic Counseling department at John F. Kennedy University. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and his master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Saybrook University. His recently published book is entitled Archetypal Psychotherapy: The Clinical Legacy of James Hillman, in the Routledge series on Research in Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies.
Joe Cambray, Ph.D.,is past President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology; he has served as the U.S. Editor for the Journal of Analytical Psychology and is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, The Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, and Israel Annual of Psychoanalytic Theory, Research and Practice. He has been a faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies; adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Cambray is a Jungian analyst in Boston and Providence, RI. His numerous publications include the book based on his Fay Lectures: Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe and a volume edited with Linda Carter, Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Psychology. Some of his recent papers include: "Cosmos and Culture in the Play of Synchronicity," Spring Journal, Jungian Odyssey Series, 4, 133-147, 2012; "Jung, science, and his legacy," in International Journal of Jungian Studies, 3:2, 110-124, 2011; and "Moments of complexity and enigmatic action: a Jungian view of the therapeutic field," in Journal of Analytical Psychology, 56 (2) 296-309, 2011.
Linda Carter MSN, CS, IAAP,is a Jungian analyst who was in private practice in Boston, Massachusettes and in Providence, Rhode Island for more than 30 years. Currently, she practices in California and teaches at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a graduate of Georgetown and Yale universities and has been in practice for close to 40 years seeing children, adolescents and adults. For 5 years she was the US Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, the foremost clinical Jungian journal, based in London. For three years prior to taking this position, she was the Book Review Editor for the same journal. Linda is a co-editor of Analytical Psychology, Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Analysis and co-author of a chapter in that book called “Analytic Methods.” She has written numerous articles and book chapters and taught and presented her work all over the world.
Lionel Corbett, M.D.,received his Medical Degree from the University of Manchester, England, in 1966; served as a military physician; and became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1974. In the USA, he did fundamental research into the biochemistry of the brain; began one of the first programs in the psychology of aging; was a hospital medical director of in-patient psychiatry; trained as a Jungian analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago 1978-1986; helped found a training program for Jungian analysts in Santa Fe, while carrying on a private practice and teaching psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Corbett has studied various spiritual disciplines including Christian and Jewish mysticism, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, and Yoga and has had a personal meditation practice for 20 years. He now teaches depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, California, where he founded the Psyche and the Sacred program, a highly successful series in its 5th year that integrates spirituality with depth psychology. This program has developed a powerful approach to spirituality that is based on personal experience of the sacred, avoiding all forms of doctrine and dogma. He is the author of 5 books, several training films, and about 40 professional articles.
Roger Dafter, Ph.D.,is a licensed psychologist and since 1994 Associate Director, Mind-Body Medicine Group, in the UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Dafter helps cancer and other medical patients access their inner resources through hypnosis, archetypal imagery, somatic therapy and mindfulness work to communicate with and help heal the body. His research interests include defining healing presence through a convergence of variables from infant attachment, empathic attunement, and meditative (compassion) research in understanding the strength of therapeutic relationships. Dr. Dafter is committed to training a new generation of psychotherapists about common mind/body pathways of therapeutic change and individuation identified by neuroscience, across all schools of psychotherapy. He has a private practice in the greater Los Angeles area.
Darren Del Castillo, Ph.D.,holds his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Miami University of Ohio. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist whose areas of emphasis include: Brief Dynamic Therapy; Psychoanalysis; Qualitative and Narrative Methodologies; Integrative Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, especially Social Anxiety; Men; Masculinities; and Working with Men in Therapy.
Christine Downing, Ph.D.,is a core member of the faculty at Pacifica. She has made extensive scholarly contributions to the fields of Religious Studies, Mythology, and Gender Studies. She is Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies from San Diego State University where she taught for almost twenty years. She has also taught concurrently at the San Diego campus of the California School of Professional Psychology, and at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She lectures frequently to Jungian groups both here and abroad. Her undergraduate degree is in literature is from Swarthmore College, while her Ph.D. in Religion and Culture is from Drew University. Dr. Downing is the author of numerous scholarly essays and important books in the field: The Goddess; Myths & Mysteries of Same-Sex Love; Psyche's Sisters; Long Journey Home; Women's Mysteries; and Gods in Our Midst. Collections of her essays have also been published: The Luxury of Afterwards; Preludes; and Gleanings. Her areas of emphasis include: Greek Mythology; Women's Studies; and Psychoanalysis.
-Greek and Roman Mythology with Dr. Christine Downing
-Free Lecture-Epiphanies: Big Dreams and Transformative Meetings
-Approaches to the Study of Myth (MP3)
-My First Days of Graduate School: Pacifica Graduate Institute Faculty Reflections
Michael Elliot, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist,serves as Core Professor. His doctorate is in Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Elliott has been in private practice as a psychologist treating individuals, couples, and families for over 20 years and has supervised trainees and interns in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Clinical Psychology. He is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the American Association of University Professors. Dr. Elliot is the Founding Director of, and current consultant to, the nationally recognized Auxiliary Studies Program in Orange County California treating secondary school students with learning and behavior disorders. He has conducted workshops and presented papers at various conferences including the American Psychological Association. His publications include: The Art and Soul of Couples and Family Therapy in the CAMFT publication, The Therapist, June 2013; The Unmotivated Child: A Crisis in Perception, in The Sky Is The Limit, a bi-monthly journal for Learning Disabilities, January 1998. Dr. Elliott is currently finishing his first book, Dreaming Of A Pregnant Bird: The Art, Philosophy, And Practice Of Imaginal Psychology.
Sukey Fontelieu, L.M.F.T., Ph.D.,has been on the faculty of Pacifica since 2000. She received her doctoral degree in Psychoanalytic Studies from the University of Essex. She earned an MA in Counseling Psychology with a Depth Perspective at Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, practicing depth psychotherapy in her private practice in Santa Barbara. She brings a creative background in film and creative writing to her teaching in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program.
Azarm Ghareman, Ph.D.,is a licensed clinical psychologist and holds advanced degrees in chemistry and business administration. She is an adjunct faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Caprinteria, California, and has conducted many professional training workshops. She has a private practice in San Luis Obispo, California.She is the author of Longing for a Land: A Persian Woman's Story of Individuation, as well as Soul of Word, Soul of World; Persian Poets Make an Offering to the West, and Six Life Secrets of Content Women; A Guide for Emotional Self-Care. For more information, visit www.mazdaconnections.com.
Robert Kalter, M.D.,earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He holds board certifications in Psychiatry and Neurology and Psychosomatic Medicine. His areas of emphasis include: Clinical Psychopharmacology; Clinical work in areas of interaction between Psyche and Soma
Alan Kilpatrick, Ph.D.,is an anthropologist who received his Ph.D. from UCLA where he was a stu-dent of archeologist Marija Gimbutas. As a scholar, he has won many academic awards such as a Bienecke Fellowship (Yale University), an Irvine Teaching Fellowship (Stanford University) and two Fulbrights. He is the author of The Night Has a Naked Soul: Witchcraft and Sorcery among the Western Cherokee and has conducted fieldwork on folk healing in Peru, Mexico, and Spain.
Christine Lewis, Ph.D.,is an APA licensed clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst. Dr. Lewis has taught at Pacifica in various programs since 1996 and has also been affiliated with UCSB as adjunct faculty as well as a member of The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles and The Mind and Literature Program at UCSB. Dr.Lewis' research interests include interdisciplinary studies of psychoanalysis and literature, and Buddhism , spiritual practice and psychoanalytic concepts. A book on Christmas in Santa Barbara, coming out in 2012, explores the multi-cultural and historical origins of contemporary holiday rituals and celebrations.
Enrique Lopez, Ph.D.,a native of Zacatecas, Mexico and openly gay individual, Dr. López attended Occidental from 1985-1989 (Major Psychology and Minor Spanish Literature). He obtained his graduate degrees from Pepperdine University. He holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and completed a post-doctorate fellowship in Neuropsychology with specialties in pediatric, adult, cross-cultural, and health-related issues at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital (1998-2000). After his training, he worked at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center at their HIV Mental Health Services. Currently, Enrique works at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience as a Research Neuropsychologist conducting research on HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders among minority populations. He was the Head of the Psychology Section representing the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Rehabilitation Medicine, Pain Center, and Neurosurgery. He was a board member for the AIDS Project Los Angeles in their human subjects research division. He is currently an adjunct professor for Pacifica Graduate Institute. His goal is to critically collaborate with doctoral candidates by integrating depth psychological work to address the complex challenges currently faced by marginalized individuals, especially LGBT and People of Color. His aspiration is to continue to fight for the inclusion of depth psychological work within the current contemporary psychological culture that underestimates its value. Beyond his research interests, he is committed to his own personal psychological work and he is currently enrolled in the Advanced Training at the Institute of Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis.
Evan Miller, Ph.D.,is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and professor. He is widely consid-ered a leader in the field of addiction, having pioneered a soul-centered approach to treatment which values the wisdom of the unconscious mind in overcoming addiction. He has helped hundreds of men and women throughout the U.S. recover from drug and alcohol dependency. Evan is Founder and CEO of Akua Behavioral Health, a network of Joint Commission Accredited addiction and mental health treatment facilities located in the western United States. He holds a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a registered addiction specialist. Dr. Miller has an extensive background in addiction program development, business strategy, and athletic performance enhancement. His research areas include strategies in the treatment of addiction, depth-oriented sport psychology, personality structure, and archetypal psychology. He currently resides in south Orange County, CA with his wife. His passions include bodysurfing, animal welfare, fitness, and travel.
His mission is to help 1 million people overcome their addiction.
Mark Montijowas first licensed in New Mexico as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor where he worked in partnership with Native American healers using traditional healing techniques. He then became licensed in California as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and divided his practice between Beverly Hills and Santa Fe. Mark graduated from the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2006 and began teaching that same year. While working for the U.S. Postal Service in several capacities, Mark investigated and resolved Equal Employment Opportunity complaints, created protocol for threat assessment, coordinated a regional Employee Assistance Program, and managed psychological services in the aftermath of workplace violence. He also coordinated an Employee and Physician Assistance Program and facilitated "Finding the Meaning in Medicine" groups for physicians in a large, busy urban hospital in Los Angeles. He has extensive experience in conducting psychological assessment and report writing in an injury compensation environment. Mark has practiced as a depth psychotherapist in a busy outpatient clinic setting as well as in private practice. Currently a healthcare mediator for a large HMO, Mark works with patients, families, physicians and staff involved in unexpected adverse medical outcomes, weaving the threads of their individual stories into one tapestry. He is a passionate advocate for Patient and Family Centered Care. He also maintains a private practice and delivers pro bono geropsychology services at a skilled nursing facility in Berkeley. Having deepened the bonds he first made with a network of traditional Native American healers many years ago, Mark continues a 25+ year commitment to track the many connecting threads between Jungian thought and the traditional healing ways of North America. He integrates this into his depth psychology practice and his approach to teaching. "My spiritual home is near the Sheep Springs Trading Post on what used to be called Hwy 666. My academic home is here at Pacifica Graduate Institute. My family home is at the foot of Mt. Diablo in Northern California. Spirit, Mystery and Love flow like an underground Stream, connecting all three."
Lori Pye, Ph.D.,President, Viridis Graduate Institute: International School of Ecopsychlogy. Dr. Pye comes from a background in education, health, and environmental and marine conservation. She holds a doctorate in cultural mythology and depth psychology, and is a leader in developing the field of ecopsychology. As director of several NGO organizations she worked to co-develop the Eastern Tropical Pacific Biological Seascape Corridor with the Ministers of the Environment from Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador. She was the Executive Director for Sea Shep-herd Conservation Society and Education Director for Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures. Dr. Pye teaches internationally, has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals, and serves on the Editorial Board for Ecopsychology Journal. She is a member of IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), and the European Ecopsychology Society. Dr. Pye founded and directs Viridis Graduate Institute: International School of Ecopsychology. She also serves as faculty for Kaweah Delta Psychiatric Residency Program, University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB), and Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Safron Rossi, Ph.D.,is Associate Core Faculty in the Depth psychology Jungian and Archetypal Studies MA/PhD program, teaching courses on mythology and depth psychology. Safron is also Curator of Collections at Opus Archives & Research Center, home of the archival and manuscript collections of scholars including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, Marija Gimbutas, Marion Woodman, and Christine Downing. Her writing and scholarly studies focus on archetypal psychology, the western astrological tradition, goddess traditions, and feminist studies. Safron edited and introduced a volume in Joseph Campbell's Collected Works based on his Goddess mythology lectures titled Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine (2013). She has published articles in Jungian and Archetypal journals and has contributed essays to various volumes including: The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination; and Breaking the Plates: Fracturing Fictions and Archetypal Imaginings.
Lisa Sloan, Ph.D.,is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in Jungian and Mind-Body approaches to psychotherapy. She completed her Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has taught at Pacifica as adjunct since 2000. She was past director of training for the Clinical Program and has enjoyed serving on dissertation committees and helping students in dissertation development. Lisa has studied and practiced the healing arts of various spiritual and indigenous traditions including Shamanism. Lisa also has an MFA degree in Theater and Performing Arts and has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, Regional Theater, Television, and Film. She is deeply interested in imaginal and oracular ways of knowing and is devoted to listening for and tending to the images of the soul that speak to our imaginations of individual and collective suffering, transformation, and healing.
Douglas Thomas, Ph.D., LCSW,has a private Jungian based psychotherapy practice in Pasadena and he teaches as adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He has presented workshops and talks throughout the state of California on LGBTQ issues and on dream therapy, his two areas of specialization. Dr. Thomas holds a masters degree from the USC School of Social Work, and a PhD in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Over the past decade he has studied and refined Steven Aizenstat's method of Dream Tending through ongoing training and collaboration with its creator in workshops, seminars, and retreats. For more information, visit Dr. Thomas' website at drdouglasthomas.com.
Paula Thomson, Psy.D.,is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, certified Sport Psychologist, and works in private practice in California. She is Co-Director of the Performance Psychophysiology Laboratory at CSUN, adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Professor Emeritus at York University’s Departments of Theatre and Graduate Studies (Canada). She was a professional dancer and continues work as choreographer and movement coach in dance, theatre and opera. In 2013, she was named one of the top 20 female professors in California.
Allen Bishop, Ph.D.,is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified psychoanalyst. Dr. Bishop served for 10 years as Chair of the Clinical Psychology program. Dr Bishop has been a leader in the Santa Barbara psychoanalytic community for over 31 years. He is a training and supervising Analyst at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles. Dr. Bishop's research interests include interdisciplinary studies and the impact of music on human behavior.
Gary Groth-Marnat, PhD, ABPP, ABAP,is an author, lecturer, researcher, and a practicing clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12), fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment, board certified with the American Board of Professional Psychology, board certified with the American Board of Assessment Psychology, and a licensed psychologist in California.
Dr. Groth-Marnat is a leading expert in the field of psychological assessment. His textbooks are used throughout the United States and abroad in psychological assessment and testing courses. Dr. Groth-Marnat is the author of four books (Handbook of Psychological Assessment; Neuropsychological Assessment in Clinical Practice: A Guide to Test Interpretation and Integration; Integrative Assessment of Adult Personality; Psychological Testing and Assessment) and over 150 journal articles, monographs, and chapters in books. Research interests include the psychological report, psychological assessment, dreams of terminally ill patients, near-death experiences, hypnosis, dissociation, and eating disorders.