Faculty: Doctoral Programs in Clinical Psychology
The Faculty members of Pacifica's Clinical Psychology programs 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 education and are dedicated to working with adult learners. To learn more about the faculty in the Ph.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.
Director of Clinical Training
Juliet Rohde-Brown, Ph.D. is the program's Director of Clinical Training. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. 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 such journals as Sutra—The Thread: Journal for Research on Education, Psychology, Traditional Sciences and Systems, Health and Consciousness, the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Psychological Perspectives, and the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and she has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Contemporary Religion. She has done research and writing on the topic of forgiveness and her book is entitled Imagine Forgiveness. 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. Other meaningful endeavors have involved co-facilitating restorative justice workshops, in which she has introduced role play, trauma education, and compassion-based imagery practices to inmates at Corcoran Prison and facilitating workshops and retreats at La Casa de Maria and other venues. She has been involved with meditative practices for the past twenty years.
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, Affiliated and Adjunct faculty provide the expertise for students to attain our program goals, objectives, and competencies.
Psy.D. Program of Study
Matthew 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. 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.
Ph.D. Program of Study
Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D., has been a student of C. G. Jung's for over 30 years. She has practiced as a Jungian psychotherapist during this time. She has trained at the Jungian Institutes of New York and Los Angeles and is a member of the Research and Training Center for Depth Psychology According to C. G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz in Switzerland.
Dr. Goodchild has published one book, Eros and Chaos: The Sacred Mysteries and Dark Shadows of Love (2001, 2008), and has recently completed two other books, The Songlines of the Soul: A New Vision for a New Century(Foreword by Thomas Moore), and The Songlines of the Soul: Mystical Cities and Healing Sanctuaries. Her introduction to an edited volume on the Gnostic Mary Magdalene for a book titled Mary of Magdala will appear this year in the journal Spring. Her current research interests are focused on Jung's later works and their intersection with the new emerging sciences such as quantum theory and consciousness.
Avedis Panajian, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association, a certified psychoanalyst, researcher, senior lecturer, and licensed psychologist in California. He has served as a board member of the Western Regional Board for Diplomates in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has chaired Diplomate examinations and served as a licensure examiner for many years for the California Board of Psychology. He has also received the Distinguished Educator Award from the California Board of Psychology.
Dr. Panajian is also a supervising and training Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and at the New Port Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr.Panajian's research interests include infantile development, trauma, and the treatment of severe emotional disorders.
Michael P. Sipiora, Ph.D., Research Coordinator for Track O, is a licensed psychologist in California and Pennsylvania. He has practiced in both private and community mental health settings, and he has been active in narrative-based organizational development consultation. Before joining the clinical faculty in 2009, Dr. Sipiora served for over twenty years as a tenured faculty member in Duquesne University's APA-accredited clinical program. Research interests include phenomenological psychology and philosophy, archetypal psychology, and the rhetorical tradition.
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 currently serves as the WASC Liaison Officer for the Institute. Dr. Bishop's research interests include interdisciplinary studies and the impact of music on human behavior.
Michael Elliot, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, serves as Core Professor. His doctorate is in Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the current Vice-President of the Academic Senate, a member of the Senate Leadership Committee, and Counseling Psychology Program Development Committee. He is an invited member of the Institute's Shared Stewardship Coordinating Committee and teaches courses in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. At Pacifica Graduate Institute, Dr. Elliott has taught Clinical Practice I, II, & III, Depth Research Methods I and II, Imaginal and Archetypal Psychology, Marriage, Family, and Relationship Therapy I and II, Psychological Assessment, and Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice. He has served as the Coordinator of Assessment in the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program and on the Institutes Academic Excellence Committee. 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.
Gary Groth-Marnat, PhD, ABPP, ABAP, the Director of Research and Research Coordinator for Track A, 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.
Robert Romanyshyn, Ph.D., received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University in 1970. Dr. Romanyshyn is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in depth psychology. Dr. Romanyshyn has published six books, the most recent being The Wounded Researcher (2007). He has contributed 25 chapters in edited volumes of books and written 32 journal articles related to the study of depth psychology. He has presented over 150 papers at international and national conferences and professional groups, and has lectured and given workshops at universities in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, where in February 2006 he gave the keynote address to the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists.
In 2002 he was the first non-analyst to be made an Affiliate Member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts for his scholarly contributions to Jungian psychology. He is also a member of the International Association for Jungian Studies and serves on the journal's editorial board, and is a Fellow at the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture. His research interests include the cultural-historical and philosophical assumptions in psychological praxis, research and theory.
Courses taught: Depth Psychological Methods I (CL), Depth Psychological Methods II (CL), Research Designs and Methodology IV: Advanced Qualitative Method (CL)
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.
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
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-Approaches to the Study of Myth (MP3)
-My First Days of Graduate School: Pacifica Graduate Institute Faculty Reflections
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.
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.
Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D. is core faculty and Dissertation Policy Director at Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching a broad range of courses in research process, methodology, and dissertation development along with courses in dream, imagery, and cultural studies. Her own research interests include personal and cultural expressions of the shadow, gender, and power, with a particular fascination with how we construct, encounter, and understand the monstrous. More recently, Elizabeth has been able to bridge her professional experience in high-tech, background in literature, and expertise in depth psychology to teach courses in the profound impact of digital technology in contemporary life. Elizabeth is a lifelong athlete, a certified massage therapist, and an avid student of Tarot, Runes, and archetypal astrology. She is the author of two books, The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective (Spring Publications, 2005, coauthored with Joseph Coppin) and Psyche's Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power (Chiron, 2012). A professional writer and editor for nearly 30 years, she coaches aspiring authors across a variety of genres and styles.
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, Ph.D.; Dr. Thomson is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, a certified Sport Psychologist, and works in private practice in Tarzana, California. She works primarily with individuals who have trauma histories, dissociative disorders and/or issues with blocked creativity. Her interest in early attachment led her to the study group of Dr. Allan Schore as well as the major training institutes in adult and infant attachment assessments. She is a regular presenter at the International Society for the Study in Dissociation and has recently published several articles on the impact of trauma on creativity. She is Professor Emeritus, York University; Associate Professor, California State University, Northridge (Department of Kinesiology); and adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. For over twenty-five years Paula Thomson has been a teacher at numerous international schools, most notably University of Limerick (Ireland), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Banff School of Fine Arts, OperaWorks, Julliard School of Music, Stratford Shakespearean Festival and the Canadian Opera Company. Along with having been Artistic Director, dancer and choreographer for Northern Lights Dance Theatre, Paula Thomson has worked as a professional movement coach or choreographer for most of the premier theatre and opera companies in Canada. She is currently involved in research projects investigating a) fantasy proneness, dissociation, trauma and attachment in performing artists and athlete populations and b) the influence of mitochondrial deficits on migraine and psychophysiology, (c) the psychophysiological effects of stress in performing artists and athletes.