College of Psychology

Steve Del Chiaro, PsyD


Dr. Steven Del Chiaro has a diverse background that reflects his many interests. He began his undergraduate career at San Diego State University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Child Development. He then earned his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at Loras College in Iowa while working as a Residence Hall Director, as well as working with the Counseling Center, Career Center, Student Activities Board, and Admissions Office. He has earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and has since worked as an educator and administrator at several institutions of higher education. Dr. Del Chiaro has also worked as a career counselor, sports therapist and executive coach. As Chair and Professor at JFKU for 10 years, he has taught a variety of psychology courses at different educational levels. In addition, he currently works as a therapist for the County of Santa Clara Sherriff’s Office and Department of Corrections. His present research is in the area of couples communication patterns and animal assisted therapy.

Dr. Del Chiaro is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Western Psychological Association.

Credentials & Accolades

University of San Francisco, PsyD., Counseling Psychology

Loras College, MS, Clinical Psychology

San Diego State University, BA, Psychology


I have been serving as chair of the MFT/PCC program at JFKU since August, 2018. Prior to this role, I spent the previous 10 years supervising and training professional counselors, interns and trainees as the Mental Health Program Director and Director of Training at Bay Area Addiction Research & Treatment (BAART). Many students and graduates from JFKU, as well as several other local graduate programs, gained their clinical hours under my supervision at the various BAART clinics in the Bay Area. Prior to my current role as chair, I also taught graduate level courses in Psychopharmacology, Crisis & Trauma, Research Methods, Community Mental Health, and Multicultural Counseling here at JFKU, as well as at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
I am also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Counselor with a private practice in Berkeley. My clinical team and I provide therapy, counseling and other psychological services for individuals, couples and families, and we specialize in the treatment of addictions and co-occurring disorders.
Before settling in the Bay Area, I worked in community mental health, providing services in rural and under-served areas, such as the northern interior of Alaska and southeastern Colorado. I also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1998-2000 in Benin, West Africa, and in my previous life in the 80s and 90s, I was a professional musician based out of Houston, TX. It’s been an incredible journey, and I’m proud to be here, serving our next generation of therapists and counselors at JFKU, a school with a remarkable history of excellence and advocacy!


  • Psychopharmacology
  • Crisis & Trauma
  • Research Methods
  • Community Mental Health

College of Business and Professional Studies

Susan B. Spero, Ph.D.


Spero teaches museum studies courses on visitor engagement, and museums and interactive technology, and also guides students through their internship process. She has over 30 years of experience developing and analyzing museum educational experiences at Museums throughout the Bay Area, and frequently presents at museum conferences such as the American Alliance of Museums, the California Association of Museums and Western Museums Association. She serves on the board of the Museum Education Roundtable that publishes The Journal of Museum Education. Throughout her career she has cultivated students and emerging professionals, encouraging them to develop agency to make change.


  • Museum Studies


Museum Interactive Technology and Collections Access

Visitor Experience I, Visitor Experience II

Internship Supervision

Master’s Project A

Master’s Project B

Master’s Project C


Lisa S. Hutton has been the Legal Studies Program Chair since 2005. In February, 2009 she led the Program in achieving approval by the American Bar Association, giving JFK University the distinction of offering the only ABA-approved Bachelor’s Degree in Northern California.

Before developing the Legal Studies Program, Lisa taught at JFK University’s College of Law and was an associate attorney with Rankin, Sproat, Mires, Beaty & Reynolds practicing insurance defense litigation in Oakland, California. She has conducted several national conference presentations on outcomes based assessment in legal education and is a graduate of WSCUS’s Assessment Leadership Academy.

She is an Executive Board member of the American Association of Legal Educators, a member of the State Bar of California and the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She is currently serving as John F. Kennedy University’s Faculty Senate President.


  • BA Legal Studies
  • Paralegal Certificate Program


PLS 3001 Introduction to Law
PLS 3011 Paralegal Capstone
PLS 3012 BA Capstone

Selected Publications

Paralegals: Part of the Solution

Credentials & Accolades

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Chico State University
Juris Doctor, John F. Kennedy University
Faculty Senate President
Executive Board, American Association of Legal Educators
Harry Morrison Award for Distinguished Teaching, John F. Kennedy University

College of Psychology

Karen Ann Jaenke, M.Div., Ph.D.


Karen Jaenke, M.Div., Ph.D. is Chair of the Consciousness & Transformative Studies MA program at JFK University in the Bay area (2013 to present). In 2016, she launched the Consciousness program in the online modality with global reach.

Formerly, she served as Director of the Ecotherapy Certificate at JFKU (2011-14) and Dissertation Director at the Institute of Imaginal Studies in Petaluma, CA (2001-2008). Currently an Executive Editor of ReVision: Journal of Consciousness and Transformation, she has edited journals and published articles on: Imaginal Psychology, Shamanism and the Wounded West, and Earth Dreaming, as well as numerous articles on dreams.

In 2000, she founded Dreamhut Consulting ( to offer consulting services for dissertation and thesis writing, dreamwork, hypnotherapy and mentoring. A graduate of CIIS, her dissertation was titled: “Personal Dreamscape as Ancestral Landscape.” Her creative vision synthesizes dreamwork, indigenous ways of knowing, the subtle body, Gaian awareness, spiritual intelligence, and flow states.


  • Consciousness & Transformative Studies


Psychology of Dreams; Earth Body Spirit

Qualitative Research A

Qualitative Research B

MA Integrative Project 

MA Integrative Project B

Consciousness Studies Integration; Spirituality, Symbols and Dreams.  

Selected Publications

“Cornerstones of Consciousness Studies,” International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. In press.

“Spiritual Intelligence and the Body,” International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. In press.

“The Physics of Joy,” International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. In press.

“The Wasteland and the Wound,” Immanence Journal, Spring 2017.

“The Echo of Stillness,” Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, Spring 2013.

“Earth Dreaming.” In Craig Chalquist (Ed.), Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled. Walnut Creek, CA: World Soul Books, 2010.

“Dreaming with the Earth,” ReVision, 32: 3, Summer 2010.

“Editor’s Introduction: Shamanism and the Wounded West,” ReVision, 32: 2, Spring 2010.

“Soul and Soullessness,” ReVision, 31:1. Winter 2009.

“Earth, Dreams, Body,” ReVision, 30: 1&2, 10-12. Summer/Fall 2008.

“Dreaming the Ritual Onward,” ReVision, 29:1. Summer 2006.

“Dreaming with the Ancestors,” ReVision, 28:4. Spring 2006.

“Ode to the Intelligence of Dreams.” ReVision, 27:1. Summer 2004.

“The Participatory Turn: Review of Jorge N. Ferrer, Revisioning Transpersonal; Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality,” ReVision, 26:4. Spring 2004.

“Water & Stone: All of Nature Participates in our Remembering,” ReVision, 21:7, Summer 1998.

“Women’s Spirituality: Pregnant with Possibilities,” Fellowship in Prayer, 44:6, December 1992.

“AIDS Ministry,” Fellowship in Prayer, 39:5, October 1988.

“Consciousness Studies in Context – Online MA Program in Consciousness & Transformative Studies.”

Skeptiko. “Consciousness Studies and Politics.”

Credentials & Accolades

Ph.D. California Institute of Integral Studies

M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary

B.A., Wake Forest University

Associate Editor, ReVision: Journal of Consciousness & Transformation

Board of Advisors, iConscious

College of Business and Professional Studies

John S. Banks, MFA


John S. Banks is the program chair for the Master of Arts in Innovation and Creative Technology at JFK University. He came to JFK from Champlain College where he was director of the MFA in Emergent Media. John was also at National University, where he served as Program Lead for Digital Entertainment, Chair of the Media School and Interim Dean of Media & Communications. John started his teaching career in 1996 at Columbia College in Chicago.

He has worked with digital tools since the early 80s when he co-founded the computer graphics firm Rising Star Graphics in Chicago. Rising Star was a leading company in designing complex CG systems for creative clients as well as staying on the leading edge of the emerging digital creative field.

Being a strong believer in maintaining professional practice, John has released four DVD and Blu-ray compilations of his work. Walt Disney distributed the most recent work, WOW World of Wonder. He has also worked on several large civic installations including the Crown Millennium Fountain in Chicago.

John has focused on merging experiences with creating artwork, running a startup business and collaborating with students into an experiential set of processes for being creative and adapting to change. His own artwork focuses on a mix of nature and technology and is always seeking deeper and newer ways to express his interests in how we see the world.

John was a recipient of the Mellon Foundation Fellowship for his MFA in Art & Technology while at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He studied Non-Silver Photography and Printmaking with Todd Walker for his undergraduate BFA at the University of Arizona.


  • Innovation and Creative Technology


MA Innovation and Creative Technology: Emerging Media Seminar

Psychology and Neuroscience in Art and Media Seminar

Entrepreneurial Seminar

Digital Studio I

Collaborative Studio I and II

Current Topics

Selected Publications


Crown Millennium Fountain – Production Artist, Colorist and Technical Consultant

Ed Paschke Electronomicon – Illinois Art’s Council award recipient


Ritual Path DVD

Illuminated Manuscripts DVD

Nature’s Journey Blu-Ray

WOW World of Wonder (Disney) Blu-Ray

Visions (Disney) Blu-Ray

Selected Shows:

Sparks & Remnants 4k animation show 2015

SIGGRAPH Art Gallery and Animation Theater (11 times 1988-2002)

International Digital Media Artists show 2008 and 2010

Visual Music Marathon 2008 – Boston

Electronic Fields – Illinois State Gallery

Venice Bienalle

Leonardo Quarterly 1997 reproduction of SIGGRAPH artist’s speech

Credentials & Accolades

MFA Art & Technology School of the Art Institute of Technology

Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Art & Technology

BFA Nonsilver Photography University of Arizona

College of Psychology

Jacob Kaminker


Jacob is Core Faculty in the Holistic Counseling Psychology Program at John F. Kennedy University and sees psychotherapy clients as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice (PSY 26445). He is Director of the Depth Psychotherapy and Expressive Arts Therapy Specializations at JFK University.

He is Vice President of the John F Kennedy University Faculty Senate, Associate Managing Editor for the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, and has on the Boards of Directors of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, the Association of Transpersonal Psychology, and as President of the San Francisco Psychological Association.

His research and publications have been in the areas of mindfulness, self-compassion, spiritual diversity issues in clinical practice, dreams, and imagination. He has presented internationally on dreams, imagination, and spiritual diversity.


  • Alameda County Psychological Association
  • California Psychological Association
  • American Association of University Professors
  • International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
  • International Association for the Study of Dreams


  • Holistic Counseling
  • Depth Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy


Therapeutic Communication

Jungian Psychology

Case Seminar

Final Integrative Project

Approaches to Trauma

Transpersonal Counseling

Community Arts Practice

Master Class Seminars in in the Clinical Application of Dreams and the Arts

Selected Publications


Associate Managing Editor; International Journal of Transpersonal Studies; March 2012-Present

Special Issue Editor; Kaminker, J. [Ed.] (2016). Jung and transpersonal psychology: Special issue. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 35(2), 1-12.

Kaminker, J. (2016). Images, figures and qualities: Clarifying the relationship between individual and archetype. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 35(2), 1-12.

Kaminker, J. (2014). Mindfulness in teaching resilience to mental health
providers. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience. 16(2).

Garcia-Romeu, A., Himelstein, S. P., & Kaminker, J. (2014). Self-transcendent
experience: A grounded theory study. Qualitative Research, Retrieved from

Kaminker, J. (2014). Mediumship and psychopathology. In A. Rock (Ed.),
Mediumship: Theoretical and Empirical Dimensions. Jefferson NC:
McFarland and Co.

Kaminker, J. & Lukoff, D. (2013). Transpersonal Models of Mental Health and
Illness. In G. Hartelius & H. Friedman (Eds.), Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kaminker, J. (2010). Book review: Alchemy of the soul: Integral healing, the work of psychology and spirituality. By Arya Maloney, Journal of Transpersonal
Psychology. (42)1, 122-126.

Gaylinn, D. & Kaminker, J. (2009). Opening the eye of the imagination: Techniques to counteract the atrophy of the imaginal space. Perspective: Journal for the Association for Humanistic Psychology. February/March, 20-22

College of Business and Professional Studies

Fall Ferguson, JD, MA


Formerly an attorney specializing in disability and sexual harassment law, Ferguson brings a policy and advocacy lens to her work as a health educator and health activist with a focus on weight inclusive health care and Health At Every Size® approaches.  She is a past president (2012-15) of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, an international non-profit organization promoting inclusive approaches to health. She currently serves as a board member of Wellness in Action, a community-based non-profit devoted to promoting nutrition education for children and youth in Contra Costa County.  She is also a current member of the American Public Health Association, the Society for Public Health Education, the National Wellness Institute, and the Association for Size Diversity and Health.


  • Holistic Health Education Program, including MA, BA, and Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching


  • Foundations of Health Education
  • Culture Community, and Health
  • Concepts and Practices for the Emerging Educator
  • MA Integrative Project (capstone)
  • Holistic Approaches to Working with Body Image
  • Health At Every Size
  • Coaching Practicum
  • Coaching for Health and Wellbeing

Credentials & Accolades

JD, Yale Law School
MA in Holistic Health Education from John F. Kennedy University

Board Member, (2016-Present) Wellness in Action (
Past President (2012-2015), Association for Size Diversity and Health (

Certified Coach, Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Institute

College of Psychology

Douglas C Haldeman, PhD


Douglas C. Haldeman, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. He brings over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, educator, scholar and developer of social policy to his work at JFK University. He was a clinical instructor in the University of Washington PhD Psychology program and has worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for 28 years as psychological evaluator.

Dr. Haldeman lectures widely in the United States and Europe to both professional groups and academic institutions on the relationship between mental and behavioral health and a multicultural society. The focus of his lectures and numerous scholarly publications is to bring psychology into the public arena to educate, improve people’s lives, address health disparities, and speak to the needs of culturally marginalized groups.

Dr. Haldeman is also active in legislative and organizational work. He has consulted for both businesses and state legislatures. In addition, he serves on the council of the American Psychological Association (APA) where he has also been on the Board of Directors and numerous committees.


  • Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology


Psychological Assessment I & II (Cognitive, Personality)

Multicultural Issues in Psychological Assessment

Selected Publications

Haldeman, D. (2018). Appropriate therapeutic responses to sexual orientation. Journal of the National Register in Health Service Psychology. Washington, D.C.: National Register.

Haldeman, D. (2017). A curriculum for mental health providers working with gay men. SAMHSA Policy Statement. Washington, D.C.: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association.

Pantalone, D., Haldeman, D., & Martell, C. (2017). LGBT patients in the health care setting. In O.Z. Sahler & J.E. Carr (Eds.), The Behavioral Sciences and Health Care, 2nd Ed. Goettingen, Germany: Hogrefe & Haber

Hancock, K. & Haldeman, D. (2017). Between the lines: Media coverage of Orlando and beyond. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4(2), 152-159.

Haldeman, D. (2017). Inspiration you can use: Connecting practice, community and culture. The California Psychologist, 50(1), 12-15.

Haldeman, D. (2016). Sexual orientation conversion therapy. In A. Goldberg (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Issues. Los Angeles: Sage Press.

Haldeman, D. & Hancock, K. (2016). Contemporary issues in LGB health: Practice and policy. In K. Bieschke, K. DeBord and T. Perez (Eds.) Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy with LGBT Clients. (p. 387-415). Washington, D.C.: APA Books

Haldeman, D. (2015). Linguistic diversity: Strengthening your connection with non-native English speakers. The Independent Practitioner, Vol. 46 (3).

Haldeman, D. & Rasbury, R. (2014). Multicultural training and student beliefs in cultural context. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1, 69-77.

Haldeman, D. (2014). The other side of the rainbow: Health care for older LGBT adults. The Independent Practitioner, Fall issue.

Haldeman, D. (2014). Riding the rainbow: Issues in LGBT Health. California Psychologist, Sept/Oct (Vol. 47, #3) p.10-12.

Haldeman, D. (2014). Crisis of conscience. The Independent Practitioner, Spring issue.

Credentials and Accolades

PhD, University of Washington (1984)

Named one of the top 33 influential psychologists in America by the American Psychological Association for his work with the LGBT community.

Board/Committee appointments: (American Psychological Association) Board of Directors, Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, Policy and Planning Board, Ethics Committee, Committee on LGBT Concerns. (California Psychological Association) Board of Directors, 2016-2018; President, 2017. (American Psychological Foundation) Trustee, 2017-2019; (American Insurance Trust) Trustee, 2009-2018; Board Chair, 2018

College of Psychology

Doreen Maller, PhD


Doreen Maller is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Chair of the Holistic Counseling Psychology department of John F Kennedy University and is the founding Program Director of John F. Kennedy’s Academic Certificate in Trauma Studies. Her teaching focuses primarily on Systemic and Human relationships.

After a first career in the corporate world, Dr. Maller chose a mid-life pivot that included going back to school to study human connections and healing. This journey, which included insights of self, exploration of communication and connections, societal intersectionality, compassionate education and the role of helpers in the process of human transformation, has been the focus her later adult work.

She is the co-editor of the Praeger Handbook of Aging and Mental Health (2017) the series editor for the Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice (2013) and a contributor to Beyond Burning Bras: Feminist Activism for Everyone (2010), The Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence (2010) and the Sourcebook of Expressive Arts Therapy (2007). She earned her PhD from California Institute of Integrative Studies in 2009, in Transformative Learning and Change. Her dissertation focused on adult women who were incarcerated as juveniles but not subsequently as adults.

Dr. Maller maintains a private practice in San Mateo Ca.


  • Holistic Counseling Psychology (Chair)
  • Academic Certificate in Trauma Studies (Director)


Therapeutic Communications
Marriage and Family Therapy
Addiction and the Family
Final Integrated Project
Diagnosis and Assessment of Trauma
Art-based interventions

Selected Publications


Maller, Doreen & Langsam, K. (eds) (2017) The Praeger Handbook of Aging and Mental Health, Santa Barbara, CA; Praeger

Maller, Doreen & Langsam, K., Fritchle, M. (eds) (2013) The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice (3 volumes)

Maller, Doreen & Gensler, Leane (2017). Removing Obstacles: Using Guided Visualization To Imagine Change. Contemplative practices for anti-oppression pedagogy.

Simoneaux, Gloria, Maller, Doreen, Gogardy, Lauren & Tamang, Sarala (2016), Finding voice: Creating vision, the trailblazing work of Gloria Simoneaux and Harambee Arts, Journal of Applied Arts & Health, UK, Intellect Publishing

Maller, Doreen (2014) Expert: Addiction and the Family

Maller, Doreen in Finley, L. L., & Stringer, E. R. (eds.) (2011). The School to Prison Pipeline. Encyclopedia of Juvenile Crime Santa Barbara, Calif.; Praeger.

Maller, Doreen in Finley, L. L., & Stringer, E. R. (eds.)(2010). A letter to my son. Beyond burning bras: feminist activism for everyone. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger.

Maller, Doreen in Atkins, S. S., & Williams, L. D. (eds) (2007). Other people’s art…Sourcebook in expressive arts therapy. Boone, N.C.: Parkway.


Containment and the Sacred Vessel (Art-based contemplation)
JFKU annual Holist Retreat
La Honda, California – November 10-12, 2017

Front Line to Home Front (panel member)
John F. Kennedy University
Pleasant Hill, CA – November 3, 2017

Art Based Contemplations (envisioning a sacred vessel)
The Welcome Room: Social Action and Mental Health Services
Contemplative Mind in Society Annual Conference
Scotts Valley, California – Oct 27-29, 2017

Trauma Interventions
John F. Kennedy University
Pleasant Hill, CA – Sept 8, 2017

Collateral Effects of Opioid Addiction (Impact on the Family)
John F. Kennedy University
Berkeley, CA – Sept 6, 2017

Art Based Contemplations
CMind Summer Session
Amherst, MA – August 7-11, 2017

Consciousness and the Therapeutic Relationship
The Society of Consciousness Studies Conference,
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut – June 1, 2017

Using Guided Visualization To Address Stress
John F. Kennedy University Law School
Pleasant Hill, CA – April 4, 2017

Addiction And Its Effects On The Family: Trauma OF and FROM Addiction
Bar Ilan University
Tel Aviv, Israel – March 29, 2017

Addictions and its Effects on the Family: Using Psycho-education With Collateral Family Members
UNESCO 12th World Conference: Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law
Limassol, Cyprus – March 21, 2017

Holistic Wisdom (panel moderator)
Celebration of the Holistic Research Institute of JFKU
Berkeley, CA – March 5, 2017

Teens, Anxiety and Self Esteem
Fusion Academy
Palo Alto, CA – January 18, 2017

Deepening Awareness; Combining the Disciplines of Contemplation and Expressive Arts
8th Annual Association of Contemplative Minds in Higher Education annual conference
Amherst, MA – October 8, 2016

The Expressive Arts and PTSD
Stockton Public Library Community Lecture
Stockton, CA – May 4, 2016

The Welcome Room (faculty Sponsor)
National University Student Success Conference
Torrey Pines, CA – March 14, 2016

From Clueless to Engaged: Using Psychoeducation As A Therapeutic Model To Support Parents Of Young Adults With Substance Related Problems
World Federation of Mental Health 20th World Congress
Cairo, Egypt – October 18, 2015

Supporting Families In The Early Stages Of Substance Abuse
World Federation of Mental Health XXth World Congress
Cairo, Egypt – October 17th, 2015

Reflections on the Business of Psychotherapy; invited panel member
The Business of Psychotherapy Workshop at San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA – October 3, 2015

Call Me By My True Names: An Exploration of Diversity
Society for Humanistic Psychotherapy Annual Conference: Humanistic Dignity and Humanistic
Values, APA Division 32
Palo Alto, CA – March 2014

Neuroplasticity and Art
International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference
Berkeley CA – March 2013

Call Me By My True Names: An Exploration of Diversity
The Fourth Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education
Amherst, Mass. September 2012

Parents Children and Kindness
Temple Beth El Parent Education Program
San Mateo, CA – November 2011

Dwelling in Transitional Space: Dance, Vision, Art and Connection
IEATA Conference
Lima, Peru – August 2011

Clinical Humility
Journey Toward Healing and International Dialogue
Belfast, Northern Ireland – March 2011

Dissertation Completion!
CIIS Transformative Leadership Retreat, Panel Member
Pacifica, CA – 2010, 2011, 2013

Credentials and Accolades

BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies