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Dissertation Oral Defenses


Candidate: Shara Brun Date: November 1, 2021 Time: 9:00 am

A transdisciplinary study across the fields of depth psychology, somatic studies, arts-based research, ethnomusicology and music therapy, this research ultimately asks how listening to intentionally designed sound pieces might serve to stretch a listener’s windows of tolerance for hearing qualities perceived as Other.  The term sonic stretching is used in this research to refer to…


Candidate: James Perrin Date: October 28, 2021 Time: 10:00 am

his project proposes a means of rendering Jungian and post-Jungian anima and animus theories (animix theories) fully queer-compatible as a unified queer archetypal hermeneutic. It begins with a history of animix theory, focusing on previous efforts to make the anima and animus LGBTQ-compatible and those attempts’ shortcomings.  The unworkability of animix theories arises from their…


Candidate: Anna Derr Date: October 25, 2021 Time: 10:00 am

This dissertation identifies “the myth of menstrual danger” and its development in Western thought, and how this myth continues to contribute to internalized menstrual shame. In the West, female bodies, and particularly their menstrual bleeding, have long been sites of fearful patriarchal fantasies. Evidence suggests, however, that menstrual blood was revered as part of a Great…


Candidate: José Carlos Barreto Mattar Date: October 22, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm

Since its beginnings, the phenomenon of consciousness has been immersed in the ocean of the unconscious, which is reflected in a psychic existence that is experienced throughout and beyond the physical world. The creative impulse was thus born, as a desire to emulate the living creation and its perpetual shapeshifting, resulting in the emergence of…


Candidate: Kirsten Johnsen Date: October 21, 2021 Time: 10:00 am

Mythologies of place reveal our beliefs about Nature, self and Other. In this time of pandemic and climate change, the imperative to recognize the power of Nature grows daily. To respect Nature’s agency, we need to deconstruct the structures of meaning we impose upon it. The legend of the lover’s leap—the fabricated story of an…


Candidate: Marilyn Kleist Date: October 15, 2021 Time: 2:00 pm

This study explores the effect on therapy of positive and negative transferences experienced by Mexican American women during treatment to address their childhood sexual abuse. Individual interviews were conducted with six Mexican American women, all of whom received treatment for childhood sexual abuse. The resulting qualitative data was examined using interpretive phenomenological analysis. Positive transference…


Candidate: Katherine Gillin Date: October 7, 2021 Time: 11:00 am

A cultural complex assesses the heritable trait of high sensitivity in negative terms, leading those who identify as highly sensitive persons with a sense of shame and guilt. This study reviews current research on the trait as it exists and furthers an examination of it with a focus on high sensitivity’s manifestations in psyche’s other…


Candidate: Kathryn Holt Date: October 5, 2021 Time: 9:00 am

This qualitative study focused on the journey women undergo moving from normative body discontent, which is a term that describes the common state of suffering around food and body that many women in America experience, to making peace with the body. This experience with the body is subclinical and so culturally normative that it is…


Candidate: Mary Lou Maldonado Date: October 4, 2021 Time: 3:00 pm

The literature on the Latina’s individual experience recovery of mental illness is lacking.  The study utilized Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (Smith, Flowers, & Larkin, 2009), to illuminate the lived experience of Latinas who have had major depression.  The results of this study are categorized in three themes: the Latina’s experience of mental illness, healthcare landscape, and…


Candidate: James Liter Date: September 29, 2021 Time: 9:00 am

The ecological unconscious was articulated as primary to ecopsychology originally by Theodore Roszak; yet understanding how its contents and psychodynamics inform human approaches of relating to habitat has not been a central concern within the field. Confronting this complexity of ecopsychology, this study is an inquiry into a diverse selection of written texts that express…


Candidate: Lidar Shany Date: September 28, 2021 Time: 10:00 am

This hermeneutic study traces the developmental theory that emerges from Erich Neumann’s writings. The research revisions reevaluates and consolidates the emerging theory, in the hope of reviving interest in Neumann’s writings, and to indicate his importance as a Jungian theoretician. This dissertation shows that Neumann’s archetypal developmental relational and metapsychological theory, which effectively supplements Jung’s…


Candidate: Carol Adams Date: September 23, 2021 Time: 10:00 am

This study described how participants came to terms with existential boredom in the course of their lived experiences of alcoholism and recovery. A review of the literature revealed a paucity of qualitative studies in the context of boredom and alcohol recovery. To that end, this was a qualitative study designed to contribute to the existing…


Candidate: Tracy Marrs Date: September 22, 2021 Time: 9:00 am

In California, more than two-million students annually enroll in a community college to achieve a specific goal. Historically, completion rates for these students show that less than half will achieve their intended goal within six years from the day they begin attending classes. The combination of reasons for not completing the transformational journey of academic…


Candidate: Chad Kreutzinger Date: August 30, 2021 Time: 2:00 pm

Friedrich Nietzsche was as much a guide for C. G. Jung through the underworld of the unconscious as Virgil was for Dante. With the publication of Jung’s The Red Book and its notable parallels to, and even inspiration from, Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, a new survey of the psyche opens. Both Jung and Nietzsche detailed…


Candidate: Sea Gabriel Date: August 25, 2021 Time: 11:00 am

This dissertation argues that stories co-create culture and gird cultural mythology, the storied spell cast over groups to enable cooperation: the superpower of humanity. The current mythological foundation is casting a curse of division that harms everyone, individually and communally, regardless of gender, as each person requires the gifts of both the archetypal masculine and…


Candidate: Sharon Myers Date: August 18, 2021 Time: 10:00 am

The purpose of this research was to examine available texts to discover the African American, former slave Sojourner Truth’s prophetic voice in depth psychology. A hermeneutic approach to the categories of Sojourner Truth’s religious dimension of the psyche, Sojourner Truth and individuation, and aligning Sojourner Truth with depth psychology were used in this qualitative study.…


Candidate: Robert Scott Date: August 17, 2021 Time: 11:00 am

The contemporary Southern California cityscape is characterized by urban sprawl, an ever-expanding and homogenized pattern of development where one subdivision looks just like the next and where suburban strip malls are surrounded by seas of asphalt parking lots. Complicating matters, (over)regulated standards for form, function, and uniformity lack respect for the landscape’s genius loci, or…


Candidate: Adrian Campbell Date: August 16, 2021 Time: 1:00 pm

Upon separation from service, many military veterans experience high levels of stress as they lose their connection to the tightly bonded, and intentionally collective, military culture.  This psychological stress may manifest in symptoms leading to diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or anxiety, and often includes comorbid somatic symptoms, such as chronic pain. This…


Candidate: Michael Hofrath Date: August 12, 2021 Time: 12:00 pm

The progressive escalation in military suicides, along with a substantial increase in posttraumatic stress diagnosis among active military personnel and veterans, has become a significant humanitarian, societal, and cultural concern. Such a defining moment illuminates the need for timely and innovative treatment approaches for combat-related posttraumatic stress. This research explored depth psychological practices within short-term,…


Candidate: Robert Stroup Date: July 28, 2021 Time: 4:00 pm

In this dissertation I bring into conversation the different understandings of the origin of religion put forward by Jane Harrison in her Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion, with those of foundational figures in the simultaneously emerging field of depth psychology: Sigmund Freud and C. G. Jung. Harrison and depth psychologists sought not only…