Judith Kolva, Ph.D

​Judith Kolva, PH.D​


Saybrook Alumna


Dr. Ruth Richards once said, "You have a special gift. All you need to do is open it." Come to find out my special gift is to preserve multigenerational family stories and business histories. Dr. Steve Pritzker, my committee chair, supported me by allowing me to craft my Saybrook program into what we called, "The psychology and practice of personal history." I am forever grateful to Dr. Richards, Dr. Pritzker, and all my Saybrook professors.

Since graduation I have traveled worldwide to preserve 45 multigenerational stories and business histories in limited edition, heirloom books. (Think of coffee table books.) One of the books that is closest to my heart is "What Does It Mean to be Human?"--the book that celebrated Saybrook's 40th anniversary. I have learned that our stories shape us. They beat out the rhythm of life. They teach us who we were, who we are, and who we can be. They teach us what it means to be human.

Sure, Legacies In Ink, LLC is a business. I work with a support team of professional transcribers, graphic artists, and book binders/printers, but I handle all the particulars. I follow a time-tested, proven process that eliminates common barriers to success. It is task driven and timeline controlled. I deliver what I promise, when I promise. I call it my “easy guarantee."

Every day is a blessing. I wake up thankful that I will once again use my special gift to make a difference in lives. My legacy is to preserve your legacy. ​​​​

 Crystal Ishihara, Ph.D


Saybrook Registrar ​

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Crystal Ishihara, Ph.D. is Saybrook University’s current Registrar, starting at Saybrook in March 2020.  Previously, she was the Director of Academic Record Compliance with TCS Education System and an adjunct professor within the Business Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  When not handling compliance in her day to day, Dr. Ishihara also runs a boutique consulting firm that focuses on leadership coaching and team building for smaller organizations or departments.  She is also the self-published author of Sh*tty Bosses & A**hole Employees, which is an anecdotal millennial review of employers both “good” and “bad”.  The book features a humorous retelling of experiences working for a difficult bosses, and goes on to include reflection questions to help readers to focus on their own biases and contributions to conflict, whether they are in a supervisor or supervisee role.  You can find the book on Amazon.com. ​​​

 Don Treichler, Ph.D



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Don Treichler started writing in 2010. He is a former Marine Corps fighter pilot, retiring as a Colonel, an airline Captain flying worldwide, and a labor leader. A graduate of the Army War College, he has a Ph.D. and travels widely. He enjoys writing as a pastime. 

 Elena Gillespie, Ph.D


​Grad Year: 2014 

Program of Study: Human Development; End-of-life spirituality 

Status: Alumna & Saybrook Faculty 

Where do you work: Saybrook University, College of Integrative Medicine Health Sciences, School of Mind-Body Medicine and the Department of Research. 

Amazon Author Link: https://smile.amazon.com/Elena-Gillespie-PhD/e/B010FZM2AU?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1605962478&sr=1-1 


Dr. Elena Gillespie, researcher and faculty member with Saybrook University, has trained with a psychic-shaman in Michigan for many years, and is a certified Medium in the Spiritualist Church, in addition to being a Reiki master since 1988.  She had a private practice in Michigan, focusing primarily on working with patients with cancer, and in palliative care, when some of those patients were close to transition into death.  Dr. Gillespie’s dissertation was a phenomenological-hermeneutic analysis of her transpersonal experiences with these subjects.  Her book is based on her dissertation called The Anatomy of Death: Notes From a Healer’s Casebook.   

Dr. Gillespie has recently published her book, which is now available on Amazon.  As a quantitative biomedical researcher, Dr. Gillespie has drawn upon her own work as a medium and collected case studies as material for her book.  She seeks to understand how people prepare for death and dying.  Dr. Gillespie comments, “typically, people prepare for death in various ways, or not at all in American culture.”  The process of death and dying often involves other people besides the one who is passing.  For example, Dr. Gillespie works with family members who are also involved with the process.  Drawing upon the literature, Dr. Gillespie comments that 30-70% of people in the dying process see their relatives in spirit as they are getting closer to death.  Additionally, there are a number of people who report having dreams, meditation experiences, or visions of accompanying a loved one on their journey.  These visions and experiences, as Dr. Gillespie reports, are well documented in the literature. 

The focus of Dr. Gillespie’s book is on these various experiences of death and dying, and she takes a specific focus on how we can further assist this transition.  Currently there is a loose structure around transition into death.  For example, when one is progressing towards the end of their life, they may have no will in place, no dying director to assist, and no additional information or guidance for the journey ahead.  Dr. Gillespie notes that while historically death has lacked a structure to ground belief systems, things are improving.  She notes that having some support can help a person who is passing over.  Dr. Gillespie remarks that she strives to “make the process a little less scary for the average person”. 

In addition to her recent book publication, Dr. Gillespie is in the process of co-designing a class for Fielding Graduate University on death and dying.  Accompanying this process is her desire to create a series of documentaries, which will be televised on PBS.  Her documentary series will focus on how to prepare, spiritually and logistically, for death. 

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 Kelly Serafini, Ph.D SUDP


​​Grad Year: 2013 

Program of Study: Seattle Pacific University  


Status: Saybrook Faculty, Clinical Psychology  

Website: [none]  

Amazon Author Link: [none] 



  Dr. Serafini is a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed substance use disorder professional in Washington State. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree in psychology at the University of Washington and minored in Spanish. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Seattle Pacific University. She completed her internship at Yale School of Medicine, with a primary rotation at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit. She completed her post-doctoral training at Yale School of Medicine through a NIDA-funded T-32 award. She then was a faculty member in Family Medicine and provided behavioral health services in a primary care setting. Her clinical experience has focused on addiction, co-occurring disorders, behavioral health, transgender mental health, and working in integrated primary care settings. She has expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Her research has centered primarily on addictions and multiculturalism.  


Noted works since graduation: 


Serafini, K., Coyer, C., Brown Speights, J., Donovan, D., Guh, J., Washington, J., & Ainsworth, C. (2020). Racism as experienced by physicians of color in the healthcare setting. Family Medicine, 52(4),282-287. doi:10.22454/FamMed.2020.384384  


Decker, S.E., Morie, K.P., Serafini, K., Malin-Mayo, B., Nich, C., & Carroll, K.M. (2018). Positive and negative affect in cocaine use disorder treatment: Change across time and relevance to treatment outcome. The American Journal on Addictions, 27, 375-382. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/ajad.12716  


Kaplan, K., Kurtz, F., & Serafini, K. (2018). Substance-induced anxiety disorder after one dose of MDMA: A case report of collaborative treatment in primary care. Journal of Medical Case Reports.   


Leeman, R., Nogueira, C., Wiers, R., Cousign, J., Serafini, K., DeMartini, K., Bargh, J., & O’Malley, S. (2018). A Test of multi-session automatic action tendency retraining to reduce alcohol consumption among young adults in the context of a human laboratory paradigm. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 42, 803-814. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.13613  


Wendt, D.C., Collins, S.E., Nelson, L., Serafini, K., Clifasefi, S.L, & Donovan, D.M. (2017). Religious and spiritual practices among homeless urban American Indians and Alaska Natives with severe alcohol problems. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 40, 39-62.  


Serafini, K., Stewart, D.G., Wendt, D.C., & Donovan, D.M. (2017). Perceived parental support and adolescent motivation for substance use change: A preliminary investigation. Addiction Research and Theory, 26, 187-192. doi:10.1080/16066359.2017.1342819  


Serafini, K., Donovan, D.M., Wendt, D.C., Matsumiya, B., & McCarty, C. (2017). A comparison of early adolescent behavioral health risks among American Indians/Alaska Natives and their peers. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 24, 1-17.   


Serrano, S.E., Serafini, K., Eller, N., Torres, V.N., Donovan, D.M., & Ornelas, I.J. (2017). Vida PURA: An Assessment of the Fidelity of Promotor Delivered Screening and Brief Intervention to Reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use among Latino Day Laborers. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2017.1300557  


Serafini, K., Wendt, D.C., Ornelas, I.J., Doyle, S.R., & Donovan, D.M. (2017). Substance use and treatment outcomes among Spanish-speaking Latino/as from four acculturation types. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. doi:10.1037/adb0000245  


LaPaglia, D., Bryant, K., & Serafini, K. (2016). Acupuncture treatment satisfaction in community mental health. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22, 729-731. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0283  


Serafini, K., Kiluk, B.D., Babuscio, T., & Carroll, K.M. (2016). Patient pre-treatment expectations do not predict cocaine use outcomes: Data from four clinical trials. Substance Use & Misuse, 51, 1484-1492. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2016.1188945  


Serafini, K., Toohey, M.J., Kiluk, B.D., & Carroll, K.M. (2016). Anger as a predictor of substance use treatment retention among adolescents. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Use, 25, 391-398. doi: 10.1080/1067828X.2015.1049394  


Serafini, K., Malin-Mayor, B., Nich, C., Hunkele, K., & Carroll, K.M. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) in a heterogeneous sample of substance users. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 42, 203-212. doi: 10.3109/00952990.2015.1133632  


Serafini, K., Decker, S, Kiluk, B.D., Frankforter, T., & Carroll K.M. (2015). Outcome expectations and associated treatment outcomes in English-delivered MET and Spanish-delivered MET. American Journal on Addictions, 24, 732-739. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12301. PMID: 26541501  


Serafini, K., Shipley, L., & Stewart, D.G. (2015). Motivation and substance use outcomes among adolescents in a school-based intervention. Addictive Behaviors, 53, 74-79. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.10.004. PMID: PMC4679608  


Serafini, K., & Stewart, D.G. (2015). Focus: Addiction: Perceptions of family alcohol use in a young adult sample. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 88, 205-209. PMID: 26339202  


Serafini, K., Bryant, K., Ikomi, J., & LaPaglia, D. (2015). Training psychiatry addiction fellows in acupuncture. Academic Psychiatry. doi: 10.1007/s40596-015-0342-9. PMCID: PMC4670818  


Kiluk, B.D., Serafini, K., Malin-Mayor, B., Babuscio, T., Nich, C., & Carroll, K.M. (2015). Prompted to treatment by the criminal justice system: Relationships with treatment retention and outcome among cocaine users. The American Journal on Addictions, 24, 225-232. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12208. PMID: 25809378  


Kiluk, B. D., Serafini, K., Frankforter, T., Nich, C., & Carroll, K.M. (2014). Only connect: The working alliance in computer-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 63, 139-146. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2014.10.003. PMID: 25461789  


Serafini, K., LaPaglia, D., & Steinfeld, M. (2013). Calling for help? Considering function and meaning when patients drunk-dial psychotherapists. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 7, 131-137. doi: 10.4137/SART.S12423. PMID: 24023519  


Sánchez, O., Chism, N., Serafini, K., & Judd, T. (2012). Empowering culturally diverse students within a collaborative learning community: A student perspective. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 11, 406-412. doi: 10.2304/plat.2012.11.3.406  


Stewart, D.G., Welton, S.R., Arger, C., Effinger, J., Serafini, K., & Harris, J. (2011). The utility of a developmentally based quadrant classification model of co-occurring substance use and depressed mood in adolescents. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 7, 130-140. doi: 10.1080/15504263.2011.596454  

 Kirk Schneider, Ph.D


Name: Kirk Schneider, Ph.D 

Grad Year: 1984 

Program of Study: Clinical Psychology 

Status: Alumni & Saybrook Faculty 

Website: https://kirkjschneider.com 

Amazon Author Link: https://www.amazon.com/Depolarizing-America-Guidebook-Social-Healing/dp/1939686636/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1605963113&sr=1-1 



Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic and existential-integrative psychology. Dr. Schneider is a cofounder and current president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (an award-winning psychotherapy training center), Council Member and Candidate for President of the American Psychological Association (APA), past president (2015-2016) of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32) of the APA, recent past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012), a trained moderator for the conflict mediation group Braver Angels, and an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Schneider is also an Honorary Member of the Society for Existential Analysis and the East European Association for Existential Therapy. He received the Rollo May Award for “outstanding and independent contributions” to the field of humanistic psychology from the Society for Humanistic Psychology, APA and is a Fellow of five Divisions of the APA (32, 42, 12, 29, and 24). His work on existential-integrative psychotherapy has been featured in a special issue of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration (March, 2016) and is the inspiration for the psychotherapy training program of the Living Institute, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Schneider has published over 200 articles, interviews and chapters and has authored or edited 13 books including The Spirituality of Awe, The Polarized Mind, Awakening to Awe, The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology, Existential-Humanistic therapy, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy, and The Depolarizing of America:  A Guidebook for Social Healing. Dr. Schneider’s work has been featured in Scientific American, the New York Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Psychology Today and many other health and psychology outlets. For more information on Dr. Schneider's work visit https://kirkjschneider.com. 


Post Graduate Update:   

Existential-humanistic/integrative psychotherapist, writer, teacher, president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, member of APA Council, Candidate for president of the APA, 13 authored/coauthored books, biography available at my website https://kirkjschneider.com 


“Saybrook is the flagship graduate school for the new and expanded existential humanistic vision, which now encompasses an integrative, multicultural, and spiritual dimension that is at the cutting edge of psychology today." ​

 Linda Riebel, Ph.D


Linda Riebel, Ph.D 

Grad Year: 1981 

Program of Study:  

Status: Alumna and Saybrook Faculty  

Amazon Author Link: https://smile.amazon.com/Linda-Riebel/e/B002XR9IRY?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000 



Linda Riebel, psychologist and environmental educator, has published professional and popular works in addition to The Green Foodprint. As a faculty member at Saybrook University in San Francisco, she co-created the environmental studies program and co-authored two of its course texts. A graduate of Wellesley College, she serves on the boards of Sustainable Lafayette and SaveNature.Org, where she is the program director of Edible EdVentures, which brings the message of earth-friendly eating to classrooms around the San Francisco Bay Area. Linda has received notable recognition for her work as an environmental educator and author. Most recently, she won a 2012 Green Book Festival Award and was a finalist of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards 



“When I entered Saybrook (then HPI) as a student in 1977, I did not expect to become a published scholar. I just wanted to earn a license to do therapy. But my faculty praised my papers, so I began submitting to various journals. 


A few years ago, I loaded all my academic publications onto ResearchGate, and was pleasantly surprised to find that my work is being widely read – all around the world, in fact. So far (October, 2020), 13,000 “reads.” The biggest surprise? Two articles that came out of my 1981 dissertation are getting a lot of traction! 


My first book on sustainable food led to three important relationships – a fellow opera lover, my husband’s hiking buddy, and the founder of an environmental group which I then joined. They had all independently discovered and read it, and I met them all later. Wow!”  


2021. (Revision in press). Endangered Species: Saving Them and Ourselves.

            White paper commissioned by Animals and Society Institute.
2021. (in press) Understanding the allure of suicide. With Stanley Krippner, Daryl
           Paulson, and Debbie Joffe Ellis. Palgrave.

2020a. Opera. The Encyclopedia of Creativity (3rd ed.).. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

2020b. Social change. The Encyclopedia of Creativity (3rd ed.)... Amsterdam: Elsevier.

2018.  [They'd] Rather be certain than right.  Unbound, February, 2018. Oakland, CA:

Saybrook University.

2015.  Creativity and the long emergency. Ecopsychology, 7, (4), 238-244.

2014.  Irene Dalis: Diva, Impresaria, Legend. Lafayette, CA: Print and Pixel Books.

2012. Endangered Species: Saving Them and Ourselves. White paper commissioned by

            Animals and Society Institute.

2012.  The need to treat childhood obesity with holistic methods. The Humanistic

            Psychologist, 40, 308-328. With K. Hiatt & H. Friedman.

2011. The Green Foodprint: Food Choices for Healthy People and Planet.  Lafayette,

            CA: Print and Pixel Books.

2010. Friedman, H., Krippner, S., Riebel, L., Johnson, C. Models of Spiritual

            Development. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 29(1), 53-70.

2007. Hiatt, K., Riebel, L., & Friedman, H. (2007). The Gap between What We Know

and What We Do about Childhood Obesity: A Multi-Factor Model for Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention.

Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, 1 (1), 1-44.

2005. Review of Psychology and Consumer Culture. Psychotherapy: Theory,

            Research, Practice, Training 42(1), 122-123.

2002. Eating to Save the Earth: Food Choices for a Healthy Planet.

            Co-authored with Ken Jacobsen. Berkeley: Celestial Arts

2001a. Consuming the Earth: Eating Disorders and Ecopsychology. Journal of Humanistic

            Psychology, 41 (2), 38-58.

2001b. Obligations and opportunities. American Psychologist, 56 (5), 455.

2000b. Hidden Grandiosity in Bulimics. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice,

            Training, 37 (2), 180-188.

1998. Critical Thinking for Psychology and Human Science. Learning Guide for Saybrook

                Graduate School. (with Charles Webel).

1996 . Self-Sealing Doctrines, the Misuse of Power, and Recovered Memory.

            Transactional Analysis Journal, 26 (1), 40-45.

1995. The Family Passenger. The California Therapist, 7 (1), 37-41.

1993a. The Match of Adulation. In J. H. Straub & E. H. Tolan (Eds.), Integrative and

            Eclectic Psychotherapy.

1993b. The Match of Adulation: The Mutual Seduction of Leaders and Followers.

            The California Therapist, November/December, 56-61.

1992. On With the Show (Therapist as Actor). Family Therapy Networker, 16 (5), 32-37.

1991. Dieters, Diets, and Dilemmas. Et Cetera. Fall, 313-316.

1990a. The Dropout Problem in Eating Disorder Groups.  Psychotherapy: Theory,

            Research, Practice, Training, 27 (3), 404-410.

1990b. Doctor, Teacher, Indian Chief: The Metaphors Therapists Live. Journal of

            Integrative and Eclectic Psychotherapy, 9 (2), 119-135.

1989a. Communication Skills for Eating Disordered Clients. Psychotherapy: Theory,

            Research, Practice, Training, 26 (1), 69-74.

1989b. Someone You Love is Obsessed with Food: What You Need to Know About

            Eating Disorders. Center City, MN: Hazelden.( Co-authored with Jane Kaplan)

1989c. A Day in the Life of a Private Practitioner. Family Therapy Networker,

            13 (4), 69-71.

1988. Understanding Eating Disorders: A Guide for Health Care Professionals.

             Sacramento: Robert D. Anderson.

1986. Usurpation: Strategy and Metaphor.  Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice,

            Training, 22 (3), 595-603.

1985. Eating Disorders and Personal Constructs. Transactional Analysis Journal,

            15 (1), 42-47.

1984a. A Homeopathic Model of Psychotherapy.  Journal of Humanistic Psychology,

             24 (1), 9-48.

1984b. Paradoxical Strategies: A Review of Rationales. Psychotherapy: Theory,

            Research, Practice, Training 21 (2), 260-272.

1982a. Humanistic Psychology: How Realistic?  Small Group Behavior, 13 (3), 349-371.

            [This publication is now named Small Group Research]

1982b. Theory as Self-Portrait and the Ideal of Objectivity. Journal of Humanistic

            Psychology, 22 (2), 91-110.

1979. Falsifiability, Self-Sealing Doctrines, and Humanistic Psychology. HPI Review,

            2 (1), 41-59.​

 Neil Solomon, Ph.D




Name: Neil Solomon, Ph.D 

Grad Year: 1977 

Program of Study: Psychology 


Status: Alumnus - Thirty six years of senior level retained executive , scientific and clinical search in biotechnology, medical devices and the life sciences. 


Author Link: Family therapy and social change (Book, 1982) [WorldCat.org] 



A 1977 graduate of HPI and studied under the great Ricard Farson.  Since 1983 I became a retained executive search consultant and built a small firm The Neil Michael Group in New York. All my work has been in biotech and healthcare. Prior to this I was a family therapist in private practice. My thesis became a published book, Family therapy and Social Chsnge published by Irvington publishers in NYC.  


LinkedIn: (13) Neil Solomon | LinkedIn 


 Shannon Sims, Ph.D


Name:  Shannon Sims, PhD 

Grad Year: 2019 

Program of Study: MBM 


Status: Saybrook Alumni, Adjunct Faculty, Peer Advisor 

Website: www.SpiritSukha.com 

Amazon Author Link: sold on my website: https://www.spiritsukha.com/e-book 

Your Key to Mind Body Wellness 

The Practical, Evidence-Based Guide for Igniting Health and Happiness in 21 Days 




Shannon is a mind-body coach and COVID-19 recovery specialist. She has built her practice on a commitment to helping each of her clients reach their fullest potential by achieving a balanced, empowered, and meaningful lifestyle. She is passionate about educating on the importance of the mind-body connection and the various avenues in which self-healing can be achieved. 


Informed by her personal recovery journey, Shannon takes a special focus on helping people suffering from prolonged COVID-19  symptoms cope with and manage their symptoms so they can regain their energy and feel in control of their health. Through an integrative and holistic lens, Shannon recognizes and acknowledges the intimate connection between mind, body, and spirit.  


​Shannon holds a PhD and Master's degree in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences.  She is also a certified Yoga teacher at the 200-hour level and carries two certificates from Saybrook University: integrative wellness coaching and integrative and functional nutrition.   


Additionally, Shannon has completed the professional training program through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, located in Washington, DC. This intensive training has prepared her to work with powerful and effective evidence-based healing therapies.  In her own academic research pursuits, she works extensively with training medical students in stress management through her own personalized 6-week mind-body skills training program. 


Noted works since graduation: 

My eBook, of course 

Dissertation: The Impact of Mind-Body Skills Training on Medical Students: A Mixed-Methods Research Study 

Coping with COVID: An 8-Week Recovery and Support Program 

 Walker Ladd, PH.D



Name:  Walker Ladd, Ph.D. 



Status: Saybrook Faculty, Department of Research 

Website: http://walkerladd.com 


Amazon Author Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MV891KR/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0 



Walker Ladd, Ph.D. has been a thought leader in the field of maternal mental health for nearly two decades. 

Her writing and research challenge paradigms of motherhood and mental illness, using women's stories to reveal the hidden truths and extraordinary dimensions of the lived experience of motherhood.