Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture and Spring Journal Books

Contributor Biographies

Lauren Y. Atlas began her doctoral work at Columbia University in September 2006. She completed her undergraduate education in 2003 at the University of Chicago, where she worked with John Cacioppo in the Social Neuroscience Laboratory.  After graduating, she worked as fMRI project coordinator in Stanford’s Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory under the direction of Ian Gotlib, where she was involved in projects investigating the neural bases of cognitive and affective processing in major depressive disorder, social anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder. Her graduate work with Dr. Tor Wager at Columbia takes a mechanistic approach to the study of how expectancies modulate affective experience. A central focus of her research uses fMRI, psychophysiology, and TMS to examine brain pathways mediating expectancy effects on perceived pain.

Judith Harris is a Jungian analyst and yoga teacher, practicing in London, Ontario, Canada. She teaches regularly with The Marion Woodman Foundation and at The International School of Analytical Psychology in Zürich, Switzerland. She is the author of Jung and Yoga: the Psyche-Body Connection and of a forthcoming book, Shattering the Vessel: The Archetype of Trauma.

Michael Ortiz Hill is an author, registered nurse, and practitioner of traditional African medicine, a nganga. He has practiced as a nganga among Bantu people in Zimbabwe and at UCLA Medical Center. His initiation in Zimbabwe was through the diagnosis of “water spirit disease,” initiation itself being ritual reconciliation with the water spirits, and has published through Elik Press two small books looking at his ordeal with multiple sclerosis as sacred illness. He is also the author of Village of the Water Spirits; Dreaming the End of the World: Apocalypse as a Rite of Passage; and the forthcoming A Conspiracy of Kindness: The Craft of Compassion at the Bedside of the Ill. He lives in Topanga, California with his wife, Deena Metzger, and wolf, Blue.

Michael Kearney, M.D., has over 25 years of working as a physician in end of life care. He trained and worked at St Christopher’s Hospice with Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement, and subsequently worked for many years as Medical Director of Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin. He is Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Associate Medical Director at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. He also acts as medical director to the Anam Cara Project for Compassionate Companionship in Life and Death in Bend, Oregon. Dr. Kearney is the author of Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death, and Healing; Spiritual Care of the Dying Patient, a Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine; and A Place of Healing: Working with Suffering in Living and Dying.

Richard Kradin, M.D., is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and member of the Departments of Medicine and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at the Massachusetts General Hospital. A Jungian analyst, he is also trained in neo-Freudian psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is a supervising analyst and teaches courses on dream interpretation to psychotherapists and candidates in psychoanalysis. He is the author of The Herald Dream: An Approach to the Initial Dream in Psychotherapy, and has recently authored The Placebo Response and the Power of Unconscious Healing (London: Routledge, 2008).

Anthony Lawlor has practiced architecture for more than twenty-five years. He is author of The Temple in the House: Finding the Sacred in Everyday Architecture, and A Home for the Soul: A Guide to Dwelling with Spirit and Imagination. His recent film, The Living Temple, presents a video journey through world sacred places. Lawlor earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His work has been featured on OPRAH, National Public Radio, and numerous other media.

Kimberley Christine Patton, Ph.D., is Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion at Harvard Divinity School. Her training is in ancient Greek religion and archaeology. She also teaches in the history of world religions, offering courses on comparative themes such as sacrifice, religious dream interpretation, iconography and iconoclasm, animals in myth and ritual, and weeping. She is the author of the forthcoming Religion of the Gods: Ritual, Reflexivity, and Paradox and The Sea Can Wash Away All Evils: Modern Marine Pollution and the Ancient Cathartic Ocean. She is also the co-editor of, and contributing author to, A Magic Still Dwells: Comparative Religion in a Postmodern Age; Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination; and A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics.

Ernest Lawrence Rossi, Ph.D., received the Lifetime Achievement Award For Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychotherapy by the Erickson Foundation in 1980 and the American Association of Psychotherapy in 2003. He authored 25 books and 150 scientific papers on psychotherapy, therapeutic hypnosis, rehabilitation, dreams, and the creative process. His most recent books include The Breakout Heuristic: The New Neuroscience of Mirror Neurons; Consciousness and Creativity in Human Relationships; The Psychobiology of Gene Expression: Neuroscience and Neurogenesis in Hypnosis and the Healing Arts; and A Dialogue with Our Genes: The Psychosocial Genomics of Therapeutic Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.

Esther Sternberg, M.D., received her medical and rheumatology training at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and was on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, before joining the National Institutes of Health in 1986, where she currently does research on the brain-immune connection. Dr. Sternberg is also Research Professor at American University. She is internationally recognized for her discoveries on the role of the brain’s stress response in diseases such as arthritis and for her popular book on the subject, The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions.

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D., has been active as a clinician, researcher, and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. He founded the first clinic in Boston, the Trauma Center, which specializes in the treatment of traumatized children and adults, in 1982. Dr. van der Kolk is past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Clinical Director of the Trauma Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is co-director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Community Program in Boston and originator of, and currently on the steering committee of, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. van der Kolk was investigator on the first neuroimaging study of PTSD. He recently completed the first NIMH-funded study of a new exposure treatment, EMDR, for the treatment of PTSD. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trial for PTSD, in which he and his colleagues specifically delineated the impact of trauma across the life span, and the differential impact of interpersonal trauma. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes; brain-imaging studies of PTSD, treatment outcome of exposure treatment vs. pharmacological interventions, and the effects of theater groups on preventing violence among chronically traumatized youth.

Tor Wager received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in cognitive psychology, with a focus in cognitive neuroscience, in 2003. He joined the faculty of Columbia University as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in 2004.  His research focuses on the neural mechanisms involved in the cognitive regulation of emotion.

Marion Woodman, LLD, DHL, Ph.D. (Hon), is a Jungian analyst, teacher, and author of numerous books, including Bone: Dying into Life; The Owl Was A Baker’s Daughter; Addiction to Perfection; The Pregnant Virgin; The Ravaged Bridegroom; Leaving My Father’s House; and Conscious Femininity. Marion has been exploring the relationship between psyche and soma through her work and teaching for 30 years. She has developed the BodySoul Rhythms intensives to create an opportunity to study the interrelatedness of dreams and body and to share the work with the many women who are genuinely interested in this exploration. A visionary and teacher, she has developed some of Jung’s ideas in an original and creative way. Marion is a founding member of the Marion Woodman Foundation, sponsor of BodySoul Rhythms Work. For more information on Marion’s work, visit www.mwoodmanfoundataion.org.