FACULTY BIOS

 
 
 

Sam Aganov, Ph.D., M.B.A. is a is the founder and CEO of Doctor Sam Medical Network. In addition to being a healthcare executive, he is also an educator, personal & corporate coach, media consultant and public speaker specializing in financial, business communication, academics, relationship issues and the author of The Neuroscience of Personal growth: Exploring the Neural Dynamics of Change and Development. As an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the California Institute for Human Science, Dr. Aganov teaches graduate and postgraduate psychology courses and serves as a dissertations committee member. At the University of the Cumberlands, Dr. Aganov is the Director of Study Abroad in Oxford, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology. As such, he participates in online instruction for both the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and M.A. in Professional Counseling degree programs, and serves as Tutor of Counseling & Clinical Psychology for Study Abroad in Oxford.

Mali Burgess, Ph.D. received her B.A. from Princeton University summa cum laude and her Ph.D. from Union Institute and University. She is a faculty member at California Institute For Human Science, and Energy Medicine University. Her research has involved cross-cultural arts and disciplines, healing and spiritual traditions, geometric dynamics and the psychophysiological effects of the architecture of space, relationship dynamics, creative awareness and creative healing, and consciousness. Her works as a visual artist have been shown and awarded internationally. She is the author of Still and digital publications.

Roger Cavnaugh, Ph.D., is an experienced, highly intuitive, and compassionate psychologist, and a powerful healer. He teaches core clinical courses in the doctoral program at CIHS as well as classes in Consciousness, Integral Studies and Shamanism. His work, The Awakened Heart, is a multifaceted approach to personal development and spiritual growth that draws from three decades of working with the healing methods and spiritual traditions of non-western cultures in concert with the most contemporary professional practices. Dr. Cavnaugh has a private practice in La Jolla and conducts phone sessions with clients across the United States and abroad. Dr. Cavnaugh's expertise is in treating relationship issues, spiritual challenges, life transitions, addictions, crises, and trauma. In addition, Dr. Cavnaugh conducts retreats, facilitates groups and offers vision quest adventures for those who seek to expand their capacity to affirm life and themselves as they embrace and live their True Nature. 

Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., has a forty-year career in frontier research working in engineering physics, fiber optics, atomic physics, laser and instrumental spectroscopy, plasma physics, biophysics and electrophysiology.   Worked on the first measurements of the nuclear magnetic dipole and quadrupole moments of the 91Zr isotope for isotopic nuclear separation at the University of Montréal. Post-doctoral scholar developing carbon probes to measure neutral particle flux on the inner walls of the "Tokamac de Varennes" at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Varennes, Québec, Canada. University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) post-doctoral scholar and spectroscopist in the P.I.S.C.E.S. group of the M.A.N.E. (Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering) Department. Staff scientist at the Low Energy Plasma Laboratory of the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA. Lead Faculty, California Institute for Human Science..

Mary Clark, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Licensed Educational Psychologist in the state of California, and a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Arizona. She has always been interested in the metaphysical and esoteric aspects of spirituality. She discovered Pranic Healing and studied under Master Choa Kok Sui (the founder of Pranic Healing) for many years. She is a Senior Certified Pranic Healer and a Licensed Pranic Healing instructor. She was commissioned by Master Choa to create Pranic Applications LLC, an organization focused on bringing Pranic Healing to licensed health professionals. In addition, she is Coordinator of the Pranic Healing Certification Program for Pranic Applications and mentors many students. She has practiced and taught Pranic Healing for over twenty years, conducts free Pranic Healing clinics, student study groups and Arhatic Yoga Meditations. In addition, she is owner of Psy-Tek Labs created to assess subtle energy fields. She conducts research on the effects of Pranic Healing on the human bio-field of clients as well as Pranic Healers. She maintains both a private practice and a healing practice in Encinitas, California.

Michelle Dexter, Psy.D., NLPCC,  is a sexologist, integrative psychologist, researcher, and intuitive. For more than a decade, she has been teaching Human Sexuality courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, while concurrently facilitating healthy sexuality for my clients in my private practice. She serves as lead faculty at the California Institute for Human Science Graduate School and Research Center in Encinitas, California.  

 

Dr. Michelle Fauver, Ph.D., is a professor and researcher at the California Institute for Human Science, California Institute of Integral Studies, and John F. Kennedy University.

After early work as a paramedic, she began practicing alternative healing modalities, becoming a massage therapist, energy healer, and spiritual healer. She opened an alternative healing center, which grew to have offices in three towns, each associated with a conventional medical center. More of her formative trainings include living in a Native American community in Colorado while serving as an apprentice to their spiritual leader, and training for the priesthood in a mystical Christian order. She returned to school as an adult and earned a double major B.S. from Bastyr University in Health Psychology and Spirituality, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Psychology. Her dissertation study on a psychospiritual intervention for women with breast cancer yielded seven dissertations and found physical, mental, and spiritual health improvements.


She has a certification in Mind Body Medicine from Harvard University, with additional coursework and certifications in statistics, integrative medicine, research methods, and research management from Stanford University. She has lectured and done NIH-funded research at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, where she was founding director of the Integral Health Research and Education program.

Dr. Fauver’s teaching focuses on integrative medicine, exceptional human experiences, health education, research methods, consciousness studies, and psychology. She recently completed a three-year study on the influence of electromagnetic fields on psychic performance, and correlations between psychological characteristics and psychic performance, funded by the Bial Foundation in Portugal.

Research interests:
What are the implications for health care if we accept converging evidence from modern physics and ancient wisdom traditions that consciousness is primary, preceding and giving rise to physical form?

Dr. Tamara Goldsby, Ph.D., has been affiliated with U.C. San Diego for more than a decade, with academic and research positions in the Psychology and Psychiatry departments, and currently the CERT Integrative Medicine Department. Previously, she held positions with Oxford University and LSE’s Psychology Departments and received a Ph.D. in Psychology. Additionally, her background includes master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Human Behavior with positions in counseling, as well as advising and mentoring students. Strong interest in and practice of yoga and singing bowl sound meditations led to conducting an ongoing study in conjunction with UCSD on the effects of Tibetan singing bowl sound meditations. This study utilizes Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, and other vibrational instruments for the purposes of meditation and healing.

Richard Jelusich, Ph.D., is a gifted intuitive spiritual counselor/energy healer, author, teacher, experienced international speaker, and ordained minister. With over 30 years in the field of spirituality and the study of metaphysics, he now dedicates his life to those on a quest for self-empowerment through education, demystifying metaphysics and assisting individuals to honor their natural gifts and inner truths. Understanding that we are all luminous beings of light experiencing a physical existence, he uniquely blends his knowledge of biofield energy, spirituality and science into all his public speaking events, private intuitive spiritual counseling sessions and accurately reads how your soul-quality infuses itself into your waking personality.  Dr. Jelusich continues to seek and offer new ways to demystify metaphysics and has developed a transformational biofield energy course called Integrative Chakra Therapy™ ~  Energetic Balancing/Training for the Whole Human Being He is also core faculty at the California Institute for Human Science and is a member of the board of directors. 

Sharon Mijares, Ph.D. is a world traveler focused on creating a better world for all. She has authored/edited six books specifically focusing on psychospiritual development, women’s empowerment, Breath, and a deeper look at our human relationship from a global perspective. She has been a visiting professor at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica, is an Associate Professor for National University, core faculty at CIHS and Brandman University. Her primary focus is one of balancing power and beauty in order to create a healthier world. The connection with Mother Earth and openness to indigenous and psychospiritual healing practices as well as mystical teachings empower her efforts. 

 

Beverly Rubik, Ph.D., is a leading scientist and scholar internationally renowned for her pioneering work in frontier science and medicine that goes beyond the mainstream. Her main area of focus is research on the subtle energetics of living systems, including spiritual healing. She has published over 60 papers and 2 books. Dr. Rubik serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, and Integrative Medicine Insights. She has served on the advisory boards of various groups, including the Program in Integrative Medicine under Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Rubik was one of 18 Congressionally-appointed members of the Program Advisory Board to the Office of Alternative Medicine at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1992-1997, and chaired the NIH panels on electromagnetic medicine and manual healing. This was the precursory organization to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Rubik founded the Institute for Frontier Science (IFS) in 1996. Laurance S. Rockefeller, Sr., helped support the founding of the IFS. In 2002, IFS was awarded an NIH center grant for frontier medicine research on biofield science in consortium with researchers at the University of Arizona. Dr. Rubik was a project director in this consortium and supervised studies on Reiki, a form of Japanese spiritual healing, and on qigong therapy, a healing practice that originated in China. She serves as a consultant in the health care industry on maverick health and wellness products and as a holistic health consultant to individual clients. She earned her PhD in biophysics in 1979 at the University of California at Berkeley.

Misha Goussev, Ph.D., is an M.B.A. graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Ph.D. degree in Philosophy from the California Institute for Human Science, and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Moscow University of Technology.  Dr. Goussev currently works in the financial services industry in New York City. In addition to a career in finance, he is a long-time student of East Asian wisdom traditions.  He has complemented his academic work with numerous field study trips to Asia. In his doctoral work, Dr. Goussev researched the application of ancient Chinese classical texts in the context of modern decision-making, business analysis, leadership and management. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and conducts workshops at leading academic and corporate establishments throughout the U.S. in addition to teaching graduate level classes as an adjunct faculty member. 

James Mattioda, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Integral Health, is a registered pharmacist and Diplomat of Homeopathy. He is a clinical herbalist, consultant and educator in Alternative and Holistic Medicine. James has served on a number of boards and is faculty member at California Institute for Human Science, past faculty at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and consultant to Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.  He is the owner and founder of Arcana Holistic Pharmacy in San Diego, CA.

Latrice Drain, Ph.D., is an international psychologist in private practice and has served as psychology faculty for 10 years in various universities both online and blended formats. She has authored several publications on emotional intelligence, coping with and neurology of anxiety, as well as the psychological view of sex trafficking, all areas in which she is passionate. Dr. Drain also continues to speak on university panels for academic psychology programs, loves international travel, and practices yoga.

Tambria Hunt, Ph.D., is Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Louisiana.  She has worked in the mental health field for 15 years and has experience with adults and children who suffer from mild to severe mental illness. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Walden University, and teaches graduate level courses in the Clinical Psychology Department at California Institute for Human Science.  Her research interests include sexual and vicarious trauma, and she has worked as an advocate for domestic violence. 

Tony Kashani, Ph.D.,  is an American author, educator, philosopher of technology, and a cultural critic. He was born in Tehran to Azerbaijani parents, an ethnic minority in Iran. He grew up speaking Farsi and Turkish, and after migrating at the critical age of fifteen to his adopted home of California, English became his primary language of intellectualism. Speaking three languages and being aware of three distinctly different cultures at once gave Kashani the impetus to seek a philosophy of cosmopolitanism, where one embraces all cultures and is at ease in most countries in the world. He received his bachelor’s degree in radio and television and later his master’s degree in cinema studies from San Francisco State University.

 

He holds a PhD degree in Humanities with emphasis on culture studies from California Institute of Integral Studies. His writing, teaching, and intellectual activism are anchored in critical theory and pedagogy, influenced by writers such as Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Camus, and Steinbeck, and thinkers such as Fredrick Nietzsche, Hannah Arendt, Paulo Ferrier, Edward Said, Henry Giroux, John Dewey, Herbert Marcuse, Noam Chomsky, Erich Fromm, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault. Kashani is the author of five books in Humanities; Deconstructing the Mystique, (2005, 2009, Kendall/Hunt Press), Hollywood’s Exploited: Public Pedagogy, Corporate Movies, and Cultural Studies (2010, Palgrave/MacMillan Press), Lost in Media: Ethics of Everyday Life (2013, Peter Lang Press) and Movies Change Lives: A Pedagogy of Humanistic Transformation (Peter Lang Press, 2016). His chapter on Critical Media Literacy in the 3 volume Handbook of Critical Pedagogy (2020, Sage Publications) is a deliberation on impact of new media on the human condition.  Kashani is a subject matter expert and faculty, for several universities in the United States, focusing his interdisciplinary scholarship and pedagogy on humanities in the digital age and social justice.  He is an advocate of global diversity. 

 

Given that we live in the planetary age where we find ourselves interconnected and in many ways interdependent with one another on a global scale, there exist various conditions between the “self” and the “other.”  I am sensitive to and take great care to pay attention to the reality of diversity in the planetary context. If the self builds solidarity with the other harmony is achieved and we can all live at ease with while engaging differences. This requires sound ethics of virtue, mainly courage and compassion. 

 

Presently, Dr. Kashani is completing his latest book (Deus Ex Machina) manuscript on the paradox of being human in the digital age. On a personal side, he is a practicing Black Belt in Karate and as a student of Zen philosophy believes in balancing his life with mindfulness to result in a harmonious mind/body/spirit existence. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Dr. Kashani’s personal website is www.tonykashani.com
His podcast address (also available on iTunes and Apple Podcasts) is  www.techumanity.online 

Nandini V. Katre, Ph.D., was born and brought up in India, and came to the U.S for her PhD. studies in biochemistry and biophysics.  After several years of research as a scientist in the field of bioenergetics, structure and function of proteins, and designing efficacious biological therapeutics, Dr. Katre shifted her research to science and spirituality. With on-going study and practice of Vedic and Buddhist philosophy, she has been researching and communicating the connection of non-duality of  quantum science with that of spiritual traditions, and relating this non-duality to applications in deep ecology, human life-style and well being. She developed on-line courses for Nithyananda Vedic university, and currently teaches at CIHS, focusing on how human beings are designed for spiritual transformation and the evolution of consciousness. Lay-ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition, Dr. Katre was a co-founder of the Berkeley chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, where she organized walking and sitting meditations for peace, environment, justice, and identified speakers for talks on engaged Buddhism.  As Director of Biotechnology and Biodiversity with Greenpeace International, Dr. Katre addressed the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) at the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) in Nairobi in 1992, and advised delegates on policy development for Agenda 21.  She has traveled to about 40 countries, either as an invited speaker at conferences, or to explore the land and  know its people. She has 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 13 patents.   

Dr. Sean Esbjörn-Hargens got his PhD in Humanities focused on Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a recognized global leader in the application of integrative thinking and research methodologies in both academic and organizational contexts. His work is characterized by going beyond disciplines into what he calls a metadisciplinary approach. These are big picture approaches that integrate dozens of disciplines from the hard sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. 

In 2004 Sean founded and served for nine years as executive editor of the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice an academic peer-reviewed journal. In this role he published 4000-pages of material from over 100 authors. Between 2006 and 2011 he created and served as chair of a number of new graduate masters and certificate programs at several universities including John F. Kennedy University (JFKU) and Fielding Graduate University. Sean is the founding editor of the SUNY series in Integral Theory.  Since 2008 twelve volumes have been published. Sean has published two dozen articles and book chapters. He has also authored or edited eight books including: Integral Ecology (co-authored with Michael E. Zimmerman), Metatheory for the Twenty-first Century (co-edited with Roy Bhaskar et al), and Dancing with Sophia (co-edited with Michael Schwartz). He is currently co-editing two anthologies on integrative metatheory for Routledge.

Sean has made significant contributions to the fields of integral research, integral ecology, integral business, integral education, and integral philosophy. In 2011 he created MetaIntegral a leadership and consulting company that works with a variety of mainstream and progressive mission-driven companies to measure four types of social impact. In 2018 he founded The Institute of Exo Studies through which he is joining others in pioneering the field of exo studies. Exo studies draws on over 50 disciplines to help make sense of anomalous and extraordinary experiences of our multiverse in all its complexity and mystery.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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