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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.


Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD has dedicated his life to sharing the powerful holistic healing traditions of China. Author of The Healer Within and Director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC), Dr. Jahnke has been a practitioner of these techniques for over four decades and is renowned for the clarity, compassion, humor and depth of his teaching style.


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.


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 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.


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.