A. Kent Van Cleave, Jr, Ph.D.


Kent Van Cleave

Background.

Greetings. Several years ago, as I completed a bachelor's degree in business administration at Auburn University, I was convinced that I had seen the inside of the last classroom I would ever visit. This turned out to be not the case. After a stint in the U.S. Navy as an air traffic controller, I wanted something different, so back to school I went. I earned a M.S. in Psychology at the University of West Florida, and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Tennessee. Presently, I teach part-time at the University of Tennessee, as well as at American Intercontinental University, online, and at the University of Phoenix, online.

My interests in psychology are diverse, and include I/O psychology, social psychology, learning and cognition, and the history of psychology. At the University of West Florida, my wife and I were both influenced by Dr. Bruce R. Dunn into the field of cognitive psychology, just about the time that perspective was poising itself to become the dominant paradigm of psychology. For nearly twenty years, I have translated the concepts of learning and cognition into practical teachings on how to be an effective, lifelong learner, and I teach those processes to all my students.

As stated in the basics page, the intrapsychic taxonomy was an outgrowth of teaching a health psychology class, in which the biopsychosocial model is a central concept. I continue to explore and develop the concepts surrounding the intrapsychic taxonomy, with a particular focus on the spiritual aspects of self, and welcome inputs and suggestions. I also will consider posting html-ready papers that use the intrapsychic taxonomy in some integrative way. In either event, please Send me an email.

I recently spent ten days in northern Arizona, studying with a fifth generation Diné medicine man, who is treating Indian veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and healing them. This is something that the psychiatric and medical models are not having much success at, as they treat only body and mind. Medicine man is using explicitly spiritual interventions, and it is my hope that I will be able to translate what he is doing across the cultural differences to treat veterans of all races and gender. You can read about my experiences in Arizona by reading my blog. Just search "Kent Van Cleave" on myspace.com.

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