Hilary E. Bender, PhD, ThD
University of Pittsburgh, 1971; Catholic University of America, 1969
Dr. Bender joined the faculty in 1988 and teaches Qualitative Research, Advanced Clinical Research Seminar and Humanistic Psychological Theories. As a researcher and practitioner he has come to focus his attention on the scientifically documented, non-material aspects of the human psyche, on consciousness in its various levels and dynamics, and on how this phenomenon affects psychological healing and growth. With a foundation in the work of William James, his research has led him to investigate the insights of Bergson, Jung, Campbell, the humanistic and transpersonal psychologists of the '60's and '70's, and more recently the supportive research of quantum mechanics. His prior training has grounded him in the work of those existentialists and existential psychologists who never abandoned hope, particularly the writing of Martin Bauber who has served as his shadow mentor throughout his adult life. His latest interest is exploring the cross cultural perspectives between the materialistic, mechanistic model of western medicine and the Taoist based, systemic model of traditional Chinese medicine. In the words of one practitioner, "Traditional Chinese medicine, without its belief and study of the spirit, become garbage. Chinese medicine puts spirit (Shen) in the highest position." Dr. Bender is also a Professor Emeritus of Boston University and a licensed psychologist.