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Gioia serves as the Director of Research in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica in addition to serving as Adjunct Faculty, and the Research Associate for Track C. Gioia received undergraduate degrees from Pitzer College in Psychology as well as English and World Literature: Creative Writing. Prior to completing her graduate work, Gioia studied holistic medicine for three years and obtained certification as a yoga instructor.


Susan James is member of the core faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and co-chair of the Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies specialization of the M.A./Ph.D. program in Depth Psychology. Her work has focused on structural violence, transnational African spiritualities as resistance and innovation, visual design methodologies and research communication strategies. Her journal publications include American Journal of Community Psychology, Violence Against Women, and Women and Therapy.


Rae Johnson is a scholar/activist and registered somatic movement therapist who chairs the Somatic Studies specialization in the Depth Psychology MA/PhD program. The author of several books – including Elemental Movement, Knowing in our Bones, and Embodied Social Justice – Rae presents internationally on embodied activism, somatic research methods, and the poetic body.


Dr. Jones is a licensed clinical psychologist and alumni of PGI. He is a winner of the American Psychological Association's Division 39 Multicultural Scholar Award, and published an article in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology on the topic of self actualization. For the past few years, Dr. Jones has proudly served as an Adjunct Professor and taught several classes for psychology undergraduates at Azusa Pacific University, graduates of the clinical psychology Master’s program at Pepperdine University and 2nd and 3rd year clinical psychology doctoral students at Antioch University, Santa Barbara, and Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara. Member of the American Psychological Association - Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator - CDC Certified Life Coach