Scholar-Practitioner, Comparative Religion, Integrative Health
Across twenty years of work within academia as a scholar-practitioner, I have woven together critical thinking, experiential learning and contemplative practices in a holistic process of education, primarily based at Wellesley College. I have developed strong presentation skills, honed over years of guest teaching at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Wesleyan University and in many other classrooms.
At Wellesley College, I served as a team member within the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education. This interreligious team, composed almost entirely of women, met weekly to discuss world religions and the spiritual dimensions of our shared lives and learning. As chaplains, we were both educators and healers, drawing upon ritual, spirituality and the arts in order to bring about a truly diverse and inclusive college community. This autumn, I will bring those gifts forward through serving as Buddhist chaplain at Tufts University.
For my dissertation, I conducted narrative research with traditional Buddhist healers to explore the role of worldview in their healing praxis, using an indigenous psychology lens. I have presented my findings at the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education conference in 2013. I have a deep research/praxis interest in intercultural aspects of psychology.
In 2020-2021, I served a chaplain residency at UCSF Medical Center. This has strengthened my insight into spiritual care, and what may be known as pastoral care.
My book on Zen, Living the Season: Zen Practice for Transformative Times was released in 2013. Working with people, I help them find their inner resources, and reflect back the hope and wisdom that I see within them. The ways I work with people include
* Teaching (as a Buddhist scholar- practitioner)
* Spiritual Care and Counseling
* Meditation & Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction
Specialties: narrative approaches, cross- cultural dialogues, interpersonal neuropsychology, global and transpersonal psychologies.