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Mariela Marin, MA, MFT, has served as Core Faculty and Director of Clinical Training for the MACP program at AUSB for over 10 years. She currently oversees the Latinx Mental Health concentration. She previously served as Co-Director at the Community Counseling and Education Center, which allowed her the opportunity to work not only with the community but also with talented trainees and interns. Prior to that, she was Director of Counseling and Recovery Services at Pacific Pride Foundation. She also has worked with other area non-profits serving abused and neglected children and the LGBTQ community. Mariela’s strong interest is in the area of multicultural competence and she is dedicated to combating power, oppression and privilege through the empowerment of her clients and students.

Terry received her B.A. in psychology from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. During graduate school, she was trained primarily in cognitive-behavioral work and sought additional training at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA), eventually becoming President.

Hana R. Masud, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Dr. Atallah’s Research Team at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Dr. Masud's research focuses on the coloniality of mental health services and its impact on re-colonizing local resistance. Masud is the chair of Decolonial Racial Justice in Praxis, an initiative of Psychologists for Social Responsibility http://psysr.org/. Group of doctoral students, and faculty of color, committed to studying the psychology of colonization. And also an active participant in the Global Psychosocial Network (GPN), composed of experts dealing with the horrors and atrocities of imperial relations, capitalism and the humanitarian crises it creates worldwide.

Arieahn Matamonasa Bennett, Ph.D., joined Pacifica as guest instructor/adjunct in 2019, co-authoring DPT992 Indigenous Healing Traditions and Emerging Cultural Phenomena. She completed her MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology and Fielding Graduate University and is a licensed psychologist. She is an Associate Professor with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), at DePaul University where she has taught for the past two decades. She has widely published and taught in multidisciplinary research areas: Cross-cultural, ethnic minority & indigenous psychology, women’s psychology, and the history, science, and psychology of human-animal relationships.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Marital and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy and maintain a private practice in West Los Angeles and Irvine, California. Jungian Family Systems oriented psychotherapist. With over 20 years experience as a therapist and 15 years as Department Chair of the Marital and Family Therapy Department of The California Graduate Institute of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology specializing in Psychodynamic Systems Theory.

Jill is a mental health educator and consultant, and a licensed psychotherapist, with a small private practice in Santa Barbara. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Jill have served in the public elementary schools in Santa Barbara as a school based counselor, teaching mindfulness and promoting social-emotional learning, with a special interest in ADHD and trauma-informed care. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Jill enjoys researching the archetypal themes, myth and magic of her ancestral homeland.

Dr. Bryan McNutt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PhD), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and Certified Employee Assistance Counselor (CEAP). Dr. McNutt currently serves as an internal employee assistance psychologist and consultant with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he specializes in providing psychotherapeutic services for faculty and staff members of the UCSD community, in addition to critical incident debriefings, management consultations, and behavioral threat assessment and management support.

James Meetze is the author of five books of poetry, including Phantom Hour (2016) and Dayglo (2010), which was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of the Sawtooth Poetry Prize, both published by Ahsahta Press. His two most recent books are Neki Novi Hramovi (Some New Temples), translated into Croatian by Ivana Bošnjak (Naklada Bošković: 2020) and Kasno u Dugome Sada (Late in the Long Now), translated into Serbian by Uroš Ristanović (No Rules Izdavaštvo, 2020). He is editor, with Simon Pettet, of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (FSG, 2010). His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Finnish, Serbian, and Croatian.

Edmund S. Meltzer grew up in New York City, where he fell in love with Ancient Egypt and opera. He attended the Universities of Chicago (BA, Near Eastern Languages) and Toronto (MA, PhD, Near Eastern Studies), the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point (public school teacher certification, German-Spanish-ESL) and several field schools in American archaeology. Dr. Meltzer has worked in Egypt as a site supervisor on the Akhenaten Temple Project-East Karnak Excavation, ARCE Fellow and tour lecturer.

María Mendoza is a licensed psychotherapist in Colombia with a background in social psychology and peacebuilding. She is a certified facilitator in the Open Studio Process and Expressive Sandwork methods, and a member of the Colombian Art Therapy Association where she has taught several courses in the training program. She also has taught and collaborated with other international Art Therapy programs in México and Perú. María’s current private practice includes Jungian psychotherapy in Bogotá and creative mentoring and workshops through her creative enterprise Joy Collage. María co-teaches HMC270-Project Workshop II.

Chris serves as Adjunct Faculty in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica. From 2005 to 2018 he worked at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles where he also has been a frequent lecturer for the institute and The Analytical Psychology Club of Los Angeles.

Evan is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and professor. He is widely considered a leader in behavioral healthcare, having pioneered a soul-centered approach to treatment which values the wisdom of the unconscious mind in overcoming addiction. He has helped hundreds of men and women throughout the U.S. recover from drug and alcohol dependency. Evan holds a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a registered addiction specialist.

Kathee serves as Associate Core Faculty in the MA Counseling Psychology Department, and has been with Pacifica since its inception. She teaches courses such as Process of Psychotherapy, Authentic Movement, Archetypal and Imaginal Psychology and is the program’s faculty liaison. Kathee has been in private practice since 1980, specializing in Jungian, somatic and creative arts psychotherapy. Also a poet and photographer, she brings passion and compassion to the art of witnessing as a spiritual practice.

Monica Mody, PhD, is a transdisciplinary scholar, educator, and poet at the intersections of earth-based wisdom, whole person philosophy, and embodied regenerative consciousness. Her academic writing has been published in The Land Remembers Us: Women, Myth, and Nature, and Integral Review: A Transdisciplinary and Transcultural Journal For New Thought, Research, and Praxis.

Angie is a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Association of University Professors, and the Representative for Pacifica Graduate Institute to the California MFT Stipend Consortium, Los Angeles County and Central Coast Regions.

Mark was first licensed in New Mexico as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor where he worked in partnership with Native American healers using traditional healing techniques. He then became licensed in California as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and divided his practice between Beverly Hills and Santa Fe. Mark graduated from the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2006 and began teaching that same year.

James Moura, Ph.D. is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies specialization (CLIE) at Pacifica Graduate Institute and a professor (at the University of International Integration of Afro-Brazilian Lusophony and Federal University of Ceará, Brazil) and community psychologist working in indigenous and black communities in poverty with youth, adults, and older adults since 2007. He has a strong background in mental health promotion intervention projects, participatory liberation methodologies, participant action research, and decolonial studies, mainly in Latin America. He is a visiting professor at Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Mexico and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Lima, Peru.

Brenda Murrow is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology program at Pacifica. Brenda's passions include animals, animal-assisted therapy, play therapy, and research methods. She is enthusiastic about supporting students both in the classroom, and through sharing her clinical experiences when they support students in exploring their own clinical interests.

Elizabeth has been a member of the faculty since 2003, and has served as Dissertation Office Director, Dissertation Policy Director, and currently chairs the Graduate Research Council. She specializes in scholarly writing, research process and strategy, methodology, and dissertation development and also teaches courses in dream, imagery, technology, and cultural studies.

David M. Odorisio, PhD, is Co-Chair and Associate Core Faculty in Pacifica’s Mythological Studies graduate degree program. David is editor of A New Gnosis: Comic Books, Comparative Mythology, and Depth Psychology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), Merton and Hinduism: The Yoga of the Heart (Fons Vitae, 2021), and co-editor of Depth Psychology and Mysticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).