The Humanistic Psychologist is devoted to reflective inquiry into "humanistic psychologies," broadly defined.

The journal publishes papers on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research; humanistic, existential, constructivist and transpersonal theories and psychotherapies; and articles grounded in phenomenological, hermeneutic, critical, feminist, and multicultural perspectives.

Submissions representing both traditional conceptions and contemporary critiques of humanistic psychology are welcomed.

In the context of the journal's commitment to epistemological diversity, contributions representing indigenous psychologies, dialogue between humanistic and positive psychologies, as well as commentary, essays, book reviews, memorials, and brief reflections are also invited.

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Scott D. Churchill
University of Dallas

Associate Editors

Harris I. Friedman
University of Florida

Edward Mendelowitz
Saybrook University

Christopher J. Mruk
Bowling Green State University

Frederick J. Wertz
Fordham University

Review Editors

Will W. Adams
Duquesne University

Dominic Barraclough
University of Wisconsin—Platteville

Courtenay Crouch
California Institute of Integral Studies

Larry Davidson
Yale University

Eugene Mario DeRobertis
Brookdale College

Frank Farley
Temple University

Linda H. Finlay
The Open University

Susan Gordon
National University & Southbury Clinic for Traditional Medicines

Louis Hoffman
Saybrook University

Sarah Kamens
Wesleyan University

Belinda Siew Luan Khong
Macquarie University

Bruce A. Levi
Private Practice, Westport, Connecticut

Heidi M. Levitt
University of Massachusetts at Boston

Art Lyons
Moravian College

René J. Muller
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Terry L. Pulver
Sarasota, Florida

Brent Dean Robbins
Point Park University

Donna Rockwell
Saybrook University

Ilene Ava Serlin
California Institute of Integral Studies

Angelica Tratter
University of Dallas

Will Wadlington
State College, Pennsylvania

Consulting Editors

Christopher M. Aanstoos
University of West Georgia

Rosemarie Anderson
Sofia University

Peter Breggin
Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy

David J. Cain
San Marcos, California

Darren Langdridge
The Open University

Geoffrey Manzi
Richland College

James Morley
Ramapo College of New Jersey

Lisa M. Osbeck
University of West Georgia

Martin J. Packer
University of San Buenaventura at Cali

Francesco Palmirotta
Ontosophy University Association

Jonathan D. Raskin
State University of New York at New Paltz

Shawn Ari Rubin
George Washington University

John Z. Sadler
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Kirk J. Schneider
Saybrook University and the Existential–Humanistic Institute

Kenneth J. Shapiro
Animals and Society Institute

Brent D. Slife
Brigham Young University

Jonathan A. Smith
Birkbeck University of London

Louise K. W. Sundararajan
Independent Researcher, Rochester, New York

Rex J. van Vuuren
St Augustine College of South Africa

Paul Tsai-Pao Wong
Trent University

Alberto Zucconi
Istituto dell’Approccio Centrato sulla Persona

Honorary Board of Advisors

Arthur C. Bohart, Jr.
California State University at Dominguez Hills

Erik Craig
Private Practice, Independent Scholar, Sante Fe, New Mexico

Eleanor Criswell
Sonoma State University

David N. Elkins
Pepperdine University

Constance T. Fischer
Duquesne University

Kenneth J. Gergen
Swarthmore College

Amedeo P. Giorgi
Exeter, New Hampshire

Thomas Greenng Greening
Saybrook University

George S. Howard
University of Notre Dame

Stanley C. Krippner
Saybrook University

Maureen O'Hara
National University

Editors Emeriti

The Humanistic Psychologist
Christopher M. Aanstoos (Founding Editor, 1985–2000)
Art Lyons (Interim Editor, 2001–2002)
Larry Leitner (Editor, 2003–2005)

Methods: A Journal for Human Science
Donald E. Polkinghorne (Founding Editor, 1986–1988)
Scott D. Churchill (Editor, 1989–2003)

Honorary Board Deceased

Mike Arons
R. Patton Howell
Bernd Jager
Alvin Mahrer
Clark Moustakas
Donald E. Polkinghorne
David L. Rennie
E. Mark Stern
Eugene Taylor

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