Contacting SDP Members

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Pat Aucoin
Laurie Aylesworth
Laurie Aylesworth received his Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado under the direction of Peter G. Ossorio. A practicing psychologist for more than twenty five years, he specializes in both short and long term adjustment and rehabilitation issues related to trauma, loss, and disability. He is a psychological consultant to a comprehensive pain program, several comprehensive rehabilitation clinics, and to Craig Rehabilitation Hospital. He has been a student/teacher of Judo for more than fifty years, teaching at the Denver Buddhist Temple for more than twenty-five of those years, and for fifteen years has worked toward blending his rehabilitation practice with martial arts rehabilitation strategies. Following an accident in 1988 in which he sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), he found that traditional Western treatment was not effective for him. In order to get his life back, he turned to the Martial Arts, which he knows and believes in. As a result, he has formed the therapeutic tool he calls OMAR, Oriental Martial Arts Rehabilitation. He uses OMAR procedures in most of his private practice individual work, and in 2006 conducted the OMAR group for TBI survivors in the Hangout group of Denver.

Sara Beautz

David Bender
David describes himself as interested in "clinical topics in general. I can also speak to AA and DP, giving folks the community slant on things."

Nick Berger

Raymond Bergner
Raymond M. Bergner received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado under the direction of Peter Ossorio. He is currently Full Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University and has a private practice in Bloomington, Illinois. His work in Descriptive Psychology has been concerned with its applications to psychopathology, psychotherapy, and various philosophy of science issues. He is a two-time President of the Society for Descriptive Psychology (1984 and 2004), a member of the Editorial Board of Advances in Descriptive Psychology since its inception, and the co-editor of four volumes in this series. Dr. Bergner has published over 65 articles, book chapters, books, and edited books. Many of these articles have appeared in such national and international journals as Family Process, Psychotherapy, the American Journal of Psychotherapy, The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, and Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

Laurie Bergner

Joe Blackbourn
Joe is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He trains both preservice and graduate special education teachers, and teaches Educational Research and Advanced Educational Psychology. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Mississippi State University, 1985).

His current interests (particularly writing) are in the areas of:

  • organizational, curricular, and instructional reform,
  • the philosophical underpinning of what we do in education, ("Who are we?" , "Do we know what we are doing?" , "Do we know why we are doing it?", and "Why are we doing it this way?"),
  • tying Dr. Deming and Peter Senge's work into educational philosophy, practice, and processes, and
  • building a focus on continuous improvement and quality at all levels of the educational system.

Robert Brill
Robert Brill is a psychologist providing clinical and consulting services in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Brill is a past President of the Society for Descriptive Psychology and has presented at Society for Descriptive Psychology Conferences on the themes of philosophy of science, the history of psychology, and the application of Descriptive and pre-empirical ideas in clinical practice. Dr Brill received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute in 2001; the dissertation addressed the role and importance of a pre-empirical approach in psychology. There is a website focusing on these themes at

Reverend Roderick Brown

Karen Brown

Jan Collier

Greg Colvin
Greg's interests include "software engineering, artificial intelligence, spirituality, and most anything else Descriptive."

Dick Comtois

Kate Comtois

Carlene Cox

J.R. Hap Cox

Stephen J. Cummings

Keith E. Davis

Keith E. Davis is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and has been Chairman of the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina and at Livingston College of Rutgers University. He also served as Interim Dean of Liberals at USC and as Provost from 1975-1979. His editorial work includes serving as the  Founding Editor for Advances in Descriptive Psychology and as an active co-editor for seven of its nine volumes. He has also been Associate Editor of Personal Relationships and Executive Editor of the Journal of Social Psychology and its book review editor.  He has served on many editorial boards including Transaction, Violence & Victims, and the Journal for Social & Personal Relationships. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from Duke University in 1963, and met Peter Ossorio in 1962 as a brand new assistant professor in the Psychology Department of the University of Colorado, Boulder. According to Keith:

``That first year we had adjacent offices and talked often about intentionality, the perception of persons, and related topics. These conversations were perplexing because Peter always had a different slant on things in the discipline than I was used to hearing, but I became convinced that he was onto something. Reading the early drafts of "Persons" (1965) and reading materials for his course in personality assessment made me convinced that there was something profound ly different and potentially useful about what later came be called Descriptive Psychology. Then we called it "Pete's stuff."

As the number of students who had taken Pete's classes and worked with him on dissertations grew, we began to examine how to formalize the benefits of getting together to share ideas and insights and most of all to learn from Pete. Thus the founding the Society in 1978 in Boulder. My primary involvement with the Society has been as the founding editor of Advances in Descriptive Psychology, the series of edited volumes that gave practitioners of DP a chance to do their stuff without the substantial compromises that publishing in the mainstream psychology journals would have required. My own research areas are personal relationships, friendship, love, as well as the dark side of relationships including violence against intimate partners and dangerous stalking.''

Contact information:
Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-4263
FAX (803) 777-9558

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Robin Dalske

Jeff Evans

Marny Farrell

Cathy and Jerry Felknor

Melody Fifer

Reg Garcia

Lion Goodman

Betty Goulden

Laura Goulden

Richard Heinrich
Richard L. Heinrich, M.D. is currently the Hospice Medical Director for HealthPartners Hospice and Palliative Care Program as well as Chief of the Geriatric Psychiatry Consultation Service within the Geriatric Division of HealthPartners.  HealthPartners is an integrated care delivery system in the Twin Cities. It has  over 30 Clinics, and practices in several hospitals and 80+ nursing homes. Dr. Heinrich was previously Department Head of Group Health, where he implemented a large-scale organizational change project to integrate mental health, primary and specialty care.  He is currently involved in two projects: one to change program culture to promote the craft of interdisciplinary team care within a hospice program, and a second to develop system wide, systematic advance care planning. He is the Director of the Center for End of Life Care of the Descriptive Psychology Institute.

Heather Holmes-Lonergan

James Holmes
James R. Holmes, Ph.D. Jim is a clinical psychologist with more than 40 years experience in psychotherapy, providing clinical training and teaching Descriptive Psychology. Jim had the good fortune to work with and learn from Peter Ossorio, the founder of Descriptive Psychology for almost 43 years. He retired several years ago after serving as Director of the Counseling Center and Associate Professor of Psychology at The University of West Florida. This spring Jim and Garnet, his partner and spouse, closed their private practice to have more time for grandchildren and other projects. Jim hopes to do more writing and offer workshops on practical applications of Descriptive Psychology.
Garnet Holmes

Sonja Holt
Institute for Human Studies
5460 Ward Road
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Joel Jeffrey
Joel Jeffrey majored in mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, and did his graduate work at the University of Colorado. He began studying Descriptive Psychology under Peter Ossorio in 1971, and received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1974. He wrote one of the first two industrial expert systems ever created, and discovered and patented a technique for applying judgment simulation vector spaces to large-scale problems. In 1999 he founded H5 Technologies, a software company based on the discovery, and served for three years as its Chief Scientist. He is a Professor of Computer Science at Northern Illinois University, where he pursues research in artificial intelligence, real world software engineering, and mathematical modeling of biological, social, and economic systems.

Cliff Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Anita Johnston

Catherine Johnston

Charles Kantor
Charles Kantor received his Ph.D. under the direction of Peter G. Ossorio, in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Trained as a child clinical psychologist, he practiced as a play and family therapist at the Rochester Mental Health Center for 16 years before beginning a full time private practice. He has led workshops on role playing with children and on a variety of issues dealing with parenting adolescents and treating troubled adolescents. He has also consulted with counselors, therapists, teachers, administrators and others involved in day care centers for children, day treatment centers for adolescents, and outpatient centers treating children and adolescents.

Nancy Kantor

Sally King

Ned Kirsch
I work as a neuropsychologist at UM Hospitals. I am now the Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology. I also direct and provide care as part of a day treatment program for individuals with acquired cognitive deficits associated with neurotrauma or disease. I restrict myself to non-progressive disorders, such as stroke, infectious diseases, or brain trauma, rather than, say, Alzheimer's disease or Huntington's Chorea. I would enjoy exchanging ideas with anyone who has an interest in what Descriptive Psychology might have to offer for this type of clinical population.

A second area of interest concerns dissimulation. For a variety of reasons, many people choose (whether deliberately or not), to present themselves as neurologically impaired when, in fact, this is not the case. What might a formal DP approach be to behaviors such as dissimulation, lying, faking, and misrepresentation?

Matthew Krouner

Lane Lasater

Eben Lasker

Catherine Latham

Nancy Lee

Jane Littmann
Jane R. Littmann received her B.A. with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado where she studied with Peter Ossorio. Her dissertation presented a conceptualization and theory of humor. She has served as President and board member of the Society for Descriptive Psychology and on the Editorial Board of Advances in Descriptive Psychology. She interned in clinical child psychology at Judge Baker Guidance Center, affiliate of Harvard Medical School. From 1980-2006, she supervised predoctoral clinical psychology interns, advanced psychiatry residents, and trainees from other disciplines in child, adolescent, family, and adult psychotherapy, assessment, and school collaboration, retiring in 2006, as Teaching Psychologist from the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute and South Carolina Department of Mental Health and as Professor in the Department of Clinical Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Her private practice includes psychotherapy, sports psychology, and school consultation. She is a member of Altria’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Scientific Advisory Board. Lead coach and co-founder of Columbia Fencers’ Club, she was a member of two US World Teams in Women’s Epee, and also referees nationally.

Fernand Lubuguin
Fernand Lubuguin received his B.A. with highest honors in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1993 from the University of Colorado at Boulder under the mentorship of Peter G. Ossorio. He worked as a staff psychologist at the health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente for over ten years before becoming a faculty member at the University of Denver. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, where he is the Director of Diversity and Multicultural Training, and the Director of the Professional Psychology Center. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He also maintains a small private practice. He has served as President of the Society for Descriptive Psychology, and is a long-standing Board Member. In addition to applying the intellectual discipline of Descriptive Psychology to many aspects of his personal and professional endeavors, he is especially interested in applying Descriptive Psychology in the training of culturally competent psychotherapists.

Dan Minerva

Bob Newbrough

Jim Orvik

C.J. Peek
C.J. Peek received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University Colorado where he studied with Dr. Peter G. Ossorio, founder of the discipline of Descriptive Psychology. C.J. is 2009-2010 President of the Society for Descriptive Psychology. He is an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School, focusing on care system development, integration of behavioral and medical care, organizational effectiveness, and leadership development. He has facilitated multiple stakeholder dialogue in state and national meetings on the integration of behavioral and medical care, implementation of patient-centered medical home, and addressing behavioral risk factors in primary care. He writes, presents, and consults on integrated behavioral and medical care, patient-clinician communication, productive conversations and dialogue across disciplines or organizational areas—blending clinical, organizational, and leadership perspectives.

Julia Trezona Peek

Davis Phillips

Bill Plotkin
Bill Plotkin, PhD, is a depth psychologist, wilderness rites guide, and ecotherapist. As the founder of Animas Valley Institute, he has, since 1981, guided thousands of people through nature-based initiatory passages, including a contemporary, Western adaptation of the pan-cultural vision quest. Previously, he has been a research psychologist (studying non-ordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, psychotherapist, rock musician, whitewater river boatman, and mountain-bike racer. His doctorate in psychology is from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied extensively with Peter G. Ossorio. In 1979, on a solo winter ascent of an Adirondack peak, Bill experienced a “call to adventure” that lead him to abandon academia in search of his true calling. He is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (New World Library, 2003) and Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (New World Library, 2008).

Dan Popov

Anthoy O. Putman
Anthony O. Putman, Ph.D. is an internationally known consultant and coach with over thirty-five years of experience helping organizations grow and succeed. Chairman of The Putman Group in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he has personally coached over 900 leaders in hundreds of client organizations, ranging from giants among the Fortune 100 to one person firms. Some specific organizations he has served include IBM, Deloitte, Ford Motor Company, Nike, Bell Labs, Health Partners of Minneapolis, The University of Michigan, AT&T, and the United States Department of Defense. Dr. Putman studied with Peter G. Ossorio at the University of Colorado from which he received his Ph.D. in 1973. He was a founder of the Society for Descriptive Psychology, which he has twice served as President. He was a founder of Descriptive Psychology Press in 1989 and has published Advances in Descriptive Psychology Volumes 5-8, and the on-going series The Collected Works of Peter G. Ossorio. He has contributed to the conceptual foundations of Descriptive Psychology in a number of articles in Advances, including Communities (1981), Organizations (1990) and Being, Becoming and Belonging (1998). In 2007 he founded the Descriptive Psychology Institute, which he serves as Executive Director.

Mary K. Roberts
Mary K. Roberts is a writer in Boulder, Colorado. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1980 and practiced as a psychologist for nine years. She then earned her M.S. in computer science from the University of Colorado and worked as a software engineer for eight years. She has served as President of the Society for Descriptive Psychology and as a member of the Editorial Board for Advances in Descriptive Psychology. She also created the Society’s first web site and served as the first Webmaster. Her recent work in Descriptive Psychology focuses on understanding a range of world reconstructive phenomena, including dreams, imaginary companions, and worlds of uncertain status.

Cory Sapin

Wynn Schwartz
Wynn Schwartz, Ph. D., is a clinical and experimental psychologist and research psychoanalyst. He is a professor of psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Extension School. He has been a professor at Wellesley College and has taught at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis. He maintains a psychotherapy practice in Boston. Dr. Schwartz has been interested in clarifying fundamental aspects of the subject matters of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, dreaming and hypnosis. His published work has been both conceptual and experimental. Some of his experimental studies have focused on dreaming and problem representation and dreaming and memory, and others on hypnosis and episodic memory. As a student of Descriptive Psychology, Dr. Schwartz has been especially concerned with theory-free, pre- empirical formulations of what he believes are central subject matters for psychology, such as the concepts of action and responsibility, the range of the possible phenomena that are covered by the term “hypnosis”, the limits and nature of psychotherapy, and the concept of “person”.

Jack Sidman
F. Richard Singer III
I am a Professor Emeritus in Mathematics at Webster University in Saint Louis MO. My teaching specialties are in mathematical logic and abstract algebra. My broader interest involves various types of conceptual studies, and this is at the core of my interest in Descriptive Psychology. My deepest interest in Descriptive Psychology relates to its connection with conceptual philosophy. Conceptual philosophy involves a type of activity during which the want parameter is to enhance a conceptual understanding of our most ubiquitous concepts. Unlike most work in philosophy, conceptual philosophy focuses only on concepts rather than on philosophical theories. Instead of asking about the nature of reality, it studies the most ubiquitous concepts we can use for thinking about what happens in the world. Thus, the DP reality concepts are easily integrated into conceptual philosophy. I am especially interested in relating DP and epistemics, the strand of conceptual philosophy that focuses on a purely conceptual study of understanding, and there is a paper about this on the Descriptive Psychology section of my website. I am currently using DP in the design of educational resources that focus on constructivist learning. My work in this regard is on the Constructivist Learning section of my website. I welcome communication about these and any other matters involving DP.

Jason Shestok

Bruce Smith

Michael Spayd
Michael is particularly interested in Descriptive Psychology applications in the areas of Organizations, Technology and Change Management. He has a consulting practice specializing in helping people in organizations create a deeper experience of community through the use of cutting-edge business practices, transition management and "way cool" information technology.

Carl and Bente Sternberg

C.J. Stone

Walter Torres
Walter J. Torres Ph.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist practicing in Denver, Colorado. His first contact with Descriptive Psychology dates to 1972, when he took a Personality course from Peter Ossorio at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Since then, Descriptive Psychology has been the keystone to his conceptual and practical orientation in both the clinical and forensic domains. He is a past President of the Society for Descriptive Psychology. His recent Descriptive formulations and presentations include trauma and its treatment, and the nature, consequences and alleviation of humiliation.

Peggy Trezona

Steven Warner

Linda Wasserman

Ralph Wechsler

Shirley Weisz

Carolyn Zeiger

Paul Zeiger
H. Paul Zeiger is semi-retired from careers in academic Computer Science and industrial Software Engineering. He received his S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, chaired the Department of Computer Science at University of Colorado, Boulder, and led software development efforts at several startup companies and one large telecommunications firm. He studied with fellow faculty member Peter Ossorio in the early 1970’s, and has since pursued applications of Descriptive Psychology to Computer Science, and, more recently, to the philosophical problems of everyday life. Paul and his wife Carolyn live in Denver, Colorado where they are pursuing private practice using holistic and Descriptive Psychology procedures with individuals having serious chronic illnesses and their partners.

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