Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University United States
Cheryl Fracasso, M.S., serves as adjunct faculty member for the University of Phoenix, Research Assistant at Saybrook University, Editorial/Advisory board member with NeuroQuantology journal, and Associate Managing Editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.
Zeno Franco, PhD is a Heath Research Service Administration Post Doctoral Fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a long time member of APA's Division 32, the Society for Humanistic Psychology, having served in the past as a student representative to the Division 32 Board and the Division's APAGS liaison.
Douglas A. MacDonald, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy and a licensed psychologist in Ontario, Canada. He is research editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology and Editor Emeritus of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.
Psychology at the University of Florida United States
Harris Friedman, Ph.D., was formerly Chair of the Clinical Psychology Program at Walden University and is now Research Professor (Retired) of Psychology at the University of Florida, Professor Emeritus at Saybrook University, and Mentor at Northcentral University. He is also Senior Editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies and Associate Editor of The Humanistic Psychologist, and is a practicing clinical and organizational psychologist.
Measuring the Transpersonal: The Research and Mentoring Contributions of Harris Friedman
Cheryl Fracasso, Zeno Franco, Douglas MacDonald, Harris Friedman
Harris Friedman has made a unique contribution to science by constructing the first explicitly transpersonal measure, helping to bring transpersonal psychology into the realm of more conventional science. He has also engaged in a wide range of professional activities during his career, including mentoring younger scholars and professionals. This paper consists of an introduction written by Fracasso on her experiences of being mentored in her graduate education by Friedman, as well as a statement written by Friedman on some of the factors that led to his interest in both transpersonal measurement and mentorship. It concludes with brief contributions by Douglas MacDonald and Zeno Franco, two scholars whom Friedman has helped in his role as a senior scholar. This paper illustrates how personal history can shape one’s later academic interests, as well as the importance for science of passing on traditions across generational divides.