Susan Gordon, PhD, LMT, is an academic psychologist; Core Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at National University, and Research Director of the Southbury Clinic for Traditional Medicines, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Counselor. She has a doctorate in the History and Philosophy of Psychology; Mind/Body Medicine from Saybrook University and trained in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University. She offers short-term counseling using an existential-humanistic approach. Her research and published writings focus on mind/body medicine, psychoneurointracrinology, and the neurophenomenology of well-being. She is editor/author of Neurophenomenology and Its Applications to Psychology (Springer, 2013), co-author of “Humanistic Neuropsychology: The Implications of Neurophenomenology for Psychology” in The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Leading Edges in Theory, Research, and Practice (with Brent Robbins, Sage, 2nd ed., 2015), author of “Psycho-Neuro-Intracrinology: The Mind-Body Continuum,” In The Healing Power of Nature: The Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine and the Ecology of Healing: Primary Care for the Twenty First Century (Elsevier, in review), and author of the forthcoming, Psychoneurointracrinology: The Mind-Brain Continuum (Springer). She is an invited lecturer at L’Institut des Systèmes Complexes Paris Île-de-France and a Foreign Expert of the Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs, Guangxi Province, PRC.
Gordon, S. Psychoneurointracrinology: The mind-brain continuum. Springer.
Psychoneurointracrinology: The embodied self, In S. Gordon (Ed.), Neurophenomenology and its applications to psychology (pp. 115-148). Springer.
“A much welcome, if not over-due, translation of neurophenomenological principles—which have previously remained limited to philosophical discourse—to some of the central concerns of psychologists. Exploring how the mind is embodied in emotion, learning, and self-reflection, this volume is a fitting tribute to the pioneering work of Taylor and Varela.”
Larry Davidson, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
School of Medicine and Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Yale University, New Haven, CT
“This volume accomplishes the elegant and timely synthesis of phenomenology, transpersonal and humanistic-somatic psychologies as they apply to contemporary neuroscience. Both beginners and more advanced scholars will benefit greatly from studying the applications of neurophenomenology to psychology in this book.”
Aaron L. Mishara, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Department of Clinical Psychology
Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA
“A heady mix of articles that elucidates the 'hard problem' of mind/brain interrelations and travels some distance in closing the circle of psychology on neuroscience. It is true: William James over a century ago was 150 years ahead of his time.”
Edward Mendelowitz, Ph.D.
School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA
"Dr. Gordon's psychoneurointracrine model is eclectic and interdisciplinary. It reveals the mind-brain interface, the growth-oriented dimension of the person, and the myth-making dimension of human experience. My colleagues and I were aware of this process when we wrote about "personal myths" or existential life beliefs, stressing their roots in an individual's biochemistry. Her model has considerable explanatory value, providing a way to bridge the explanatory gap between the mind and the brain, how the mind develops not only meaning, but one's sense of well-being, and - ultimately - how the notion of "self" emerges from this complex system."
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Integrative Inquiry
San Francisco, CA
"Susan Gordon has produced a timely book with her new volume on Neurophenomenology. Neurophenomenology is a hot topic within philosophy and neuroscience, yet its assimilation within mainstream psychology is lagging. This book attempts to bridge the gap between philosophical neurophenomenology and such psychological domains as cognition, emotion, learning, pedagogy, meditation, and psychoneuroimmunology. The book also establishes the kinship of neurophenomenology with humanistic psychology, William James’ radical empiricism, and transpersonal psychology."
Don Moss, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences
Chair, School of Mind-Body Medicine
Book Review: Moss, D. (2015). On the way to neurophenomenology. The Humanistic Psychologist, 43(1), 88-96. doi: 10.1080/08873267.2014.993073
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