Ph.D., Philosophy and Psychology, 1962, Tsukuba University
Litt.D., Literature and Science, 1956, Tokyo University of Literature and Science
B.S., Psychophysiology, 1951, Tokyo University of Literature and Science

Hiroshi Motoyama, a renowned  scholar, was born in Japan in 1925. Dr. Motoyama graduated from the Tokyo University of Literature and Science with Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy and Physiological Psychology, and was awarded a prestigious prize for his work in the comparative study of Eastern and Western mysticism.


Dr. Motoyama was both a scientist trained in empirical methodology and a psychic who experientially gained deep philosophical knowledge. He was the head Shinto priest of the Tamamitsu Shrine in Tokyo, and a yogi well-versed in the yoga treatises. His scientific endeavors resulted in the establishment of the Institute for Religious Psychology, a research facility (1960), and the International Association for Religion and Parapsychology, an international organization whose members are not only composed of scientists in these and related fields, but are from diverse professions (1972). For the purpose of specialized research in the field of life physics, the Motoyama Institute for Life Physics was established in 1990. Dr. Motoyama was the author of over 50 books (Japanese and other languages) and numerous monographs and papers, and traveled widely throughout the world, participating in conferences and workshops, and presenting his work.


In recognition of his important work in the field, he was awarded the McDougall Research Fund Award from Duke University in 1962, selected as one of the world’s leading parapsychologists by UNESCO in 1974, recognized as an “ordinary academician” by the Instituto di Cultura Universitaria e di Studi Superiori, Academia Tiberina in 1977 and awarded Dr. J. B. Rhine Biennial Research Award in 1996. He was honored by several renowned scientific and religious organizations. He served as an advisor/lecturer to various international associations and institutes, and as a member of the editorial board of international journals in related fields.

In 1980, he established the Motoyoma-Bentov Fund Research Fellowship to assist promising scientists who wish to study human existence in its holistic sense. In 1991, he established the Southern California Institute Japan Branch (Graduate School) in Tokyo.


In 1992, he established California Institute for Human Science in the hope of 1) elucidating the mechanism of the correlation between mind and body; 2) understanding the human mind (unconscious, conscious, superconscious); 3) synthesizing Eastern and Western religions; and 4) synthesizing Eastern and Western medicine (energy medicine and health science).  Dr. Motoyama established CIHS in the belief that this project is important for the realization of a global society – one which will require individuals with mental and spiritual development.


Dr. Motoyama passed away in 2015. His legacy continues at CIHS today.



Ph.D., Physics, 1989, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.S., Physics, 1985, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A., Physics, 1982, The Colorado College

Holding a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from The Colorado College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Dr. Brophy’s academic and scientific backgrounds include work on NASA’s Voyager and Cassini spacecraft projects and an appointment as a National Science Foundation Exchange Scientist at the University of Tokyo.


Dr. Brophy first connected with CIHS’ Founder and First President, Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, in 1995 when he was the recipient of a Motoyama-Bentov Scholarship, a one-month research fellowship named in honor of Dr. Motoyama and in memory of Itzhak Bentov, a physicist, mystic, and author of Stalking the Wild Pendulum. During this appointment, Dr. Brophy received an immersive education into Dr. Motoyama’s  subtle energies research, and his advanced meditation teaching, while simultaneously conducting his own scientific research, applying a photoelectric model that he had developed to describe processes in Saturn’s rings to the production of biophotons in the human body.


In the Summer of 1997, Dr. Motoyama invited Dr. Brophy to lead CIHS as Dean of Administration. Under Dr. Brophy’s administration, the Institute experienced growth, increased stability, and began exploring WASC accreditation, although structural and regulatory requirements proved to be a barrier to pursuing WASC at that time. As a result, Dr. Brophy stepped away from the administrative role in 2000, although he remained connected and devoted to the Institute as a program consultant, lead faculty member, and friend of Dr. Motoyama.


In February 2016, Dr. Brophy returned to the CIHS administration as Executive Dean in advance of a meeting at WASC’s main office in Alameda, California to discuss the restructuring needed to meet WASC standards. Since then, he co-led the accreditation effort, especially regarding the strategic, financial, and institutional planning that was essential to achieving WASC Eligibility status in November 2016. In January 2018, Dr. Brophy was appointed Associate Accreditation Liaison Officer, and he co-led the Institute during the successful acquisition of WASC Candidacy status in July 2018.


Dr. Brophy was appointed President of CIHS, July 1, 2019.


Dr. Brophy is the author of several books, including The Mechanism Demands a Mysticism and The Origin Map, and he is co-author of Black Genesis: The Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt, and Imhotep the African: Architect of the Cosmos. He has also published peer-reviewed articles in premier scientific journals including Science, Icarus, and IEEE Journal, and his work has been featured in Nature. Dr. Brophy has presented at numerous scientific conferences, including several times to the Toward a Science of Consciousness conferences.  His researches in the field of Archaeoastronomy has been featured in several television shows and documentaries.  In June of 2019, he was named President of the International Society for Consciousness Studies, a consortium of professional scholars working at the forefront of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of consciousness.

Psychology Program Director

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1995, The Union Institute Graduate School|
M.A. Psychology, 1991, Sonoma State University
B.A. Psychology, 1990, The Union Institute Undergraduate School

Dr. Sharon G. Mijares is a psychologist, Sufi minister, and the Director of Psychology at the California Institute for Human Science since 2005. She is also a professor at National University and Brandman University.  Dr. Mijares has co-authored seven books focused on psychological and spiritual development.  The sixth book, A Force Such As the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change (edited) brings women together from many cultures, and many areas of work. She has presented workshops in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Mexico, Scotland, Uganda, United States and Venezuela. Her 7th book, The Power of the Feminine: Facing Shadow/Evoking Light (in press), was co-authored with an Egyptian Sufi leader, a Tibetan feminist, an environmentalist from Ghana, and a U.S. professor.  Her efforts are all focused toward a healthier humanity,  responsible to and connected with Nature.  She earned Shodan rank in Aikido and is a certified Qigung teacher. See  


Dean of Academic Affairs

Ph.D., Educational Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University, Stanford,
M.A., Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Ed.M. Educational Administration, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 

M.A. English, University  of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
B.A., English, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

William Howe believes that life -- and education as a crucial element of life – is about forging meaningful connections throughout the lifespan. We are, he suggests, homo connectans rather than homo sapiens, man the connecting animal rather than man the wise animal. Connecting body, mind, and spirit, different disciplinary perspectives, theory and practice, different cultures or world views, university and community, and the diverse aspects of being human – intellectual, moral/ethical, spiritual, emotional, social, physical, aesthetic – such has been the focus of much of his professional life as an educator and of his personal life.


Dr. Howe earned the Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis at Stanford University, with a focus on organizational leadership. Earlier he earned an MA in Sociology at Stanford, with a focus on organizations; an EdM in Educational Administration and Policy at Harvard University, with a focus on non-traditional schools; an MA in English at the University of Massachusetts, with a focus on Milton, the Romantic Poets, and Postmodern literary analysis; and a BA in English at Northwestern University.


He has served as a Dean for fourteen years in universities in California and Florida and as a professor of multidisciplinary Leadership Studies for twenty-three years. He has published and presented widely on leadership development, education, and theory/research. In addition, he has worked in educational contexts in Europe and South America, and has been a key player in the development of innovative leadership schools and programs across North America. His avocation is writing, with a current focus on a novel exploring the possibility of living forever.

Dean of Student Life

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2017, California Institute for Human Science

M.A. Counseling Psychology/Marriage & Family Therapy, 2011, University of San Francisco

B.A. Psychology, minor in Philosophy, 2003, University of the Pacific

Nick Bustos is a California licensed marriage and family therapist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, Integral Psychology emphasis. He is the current Dean of Student Life at CIHS as well as lead faculty member in the psychology program. In addition he serves as adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is on the Executive Council of the International Society for Consciousness Studies, in the domain of applied counseling and psychotherapy. Dr. Bustos earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco and a doctoral degree from California Institute for Human Science. In addition to his positions in higher education, Dr. Bustos offers program development and psychotherapy services in K-12 special education programs for students and families faced with serious mental health challenges and likewise maintains a private psychotherapy practice where he treats individuals, couples and families. Dr. Bustos' publication history includes scholarly journals related to psychotherapy practice and consciousness studies (Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy; CONSCIOUSNESS: Ideas and Research for the Twenty-First Century). He regularly conducts trainings, workshops and presentations on a variety of clinical topics, both regionally and nationally. Strong background in the intersection of spiritual and psychological development, with emphasis on the inner healing journey of the therapist. Extensive background in meditation and contemplative practices, with additional training in healing and energy medicine. Background in critical analysis of culture and society; lover of art, literature and classical music.