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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.


Geoffrey is a poet, essayist, editor, and critic whose essays on literature, the visual arts, and other subjects have appeared in the Killens Review of Arts and Letters, ArtForum, American Literature, Cineaste, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, and elsewhere. His research explores poetics, modernist literature, African Americans and the visual arts, and the nuts and bolts of creativity.


Susan is co-Chair of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization and a community psychologist and digital media producer. Dr. James' work focuses on understanding cultural ecologies and disseminating social science research findings using visual design solutions and film, a practice she pioneered over a decade ago.


Tiffeny is most passionate about creating more inclusive communities and socially just practices through organizational and community-level systems change, coalition development, addressing cross-cultural dynamics, and focusing on resource exchange sustainability. She is currently working with a national non-profit organization that engages businesses in a process of becoming more socially responsible.


Rae is Chair of the Somatic Studies Specialization of the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology Program. She is a somatic movement therapist, educator, and researcher. She is the former Chair of the Somatic Psychology Department at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, former Director of the Body Psychotherapy Program in the Somatic Counseling Psychology Department at Naropa University and the founding Coordinator of Student Crisis Response Programs at the University of Toronto.


Stephen is originally from the East Coast, Stephen Jones studied Psychology at Virginia Tech University. He earned his doctorate in Depth Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, completing his dissertation on the healing work of Sarah House, a residential hospice in Santa Barbara.