About

Dr. Albert Wong is an Associate Professor and Core Faculty in the Holistic Counseling Psychology Program at JFK University. A former Marshall Scholar, he has longstanding interests in the intersection of performance art, somatics, psychotherapy, and scalable technology. He served as residential staff at the Esalen Institute for five years. He has been featured on PBS, in Time Magazine, and in the book The American Soul Rush. His work has been published in titles ranging from the scientific journal Biological Cybernetics to the book anthology Radical Spirit. One of his film projects, Step One Breathe, was named Best Drama at the Maryville Film Festival. He was educated at Princeton, Oxford, and the University of Tennessee and is the recipient of numerous national science awards (Westinghouse Science Talent Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship).  He has a private practice that specializes in couples therapy: www.dralbertwong.com

Programs/Courses

  • Therapeutic Communications A / B
  • Individual Development and the Family Life Cycle A / B
  • Principles of Somatic Psychology
  • Somatic Approaches to Trauma

Selected Publications

PUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS

Finn, M., Wong, A. J., Nash, M.R. (2016). Observing Peripersonal Distance Regulation of Human Affect With the Embodied Distance Test.  The New School Psychology Bulletin. 12(1): 1-9.

Nash, M. R. & Wong, A. J. (2011).  Hypnosis in the Laboratory Creates a Window on Psychopathology.  International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 59 (4), 469-476.

Chen, R. F., Wong, A. J., Porter, D., & Knutson, J. (1991). Nonfluorescent conformers of proteins and tryptophan as revealed by lifetime and quantum yield measurements. Biophysical Journal, 59, 354a.

Wong, A. J. (1990). Development of a Spin-Glass Model of Prebiotic Evolution: Environmental Effects on Ensembles of Genetic Polymers. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 146(4): 523-544.

Wong, A. J. (1988). Recognition of General Patterns Using Neural Networks. Biological Cybernetics, 58, 361-372.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Wong, A.J. , Nash, M.R., Borckhardt, J, & Finn, M. (2016). A Guide to Conducting Case-Based, Time-Series Research in Gestalt: Integrating Research and Practice in a Clinical Setting.  In Brownell, P. and Melnick , J. (Ed.) Towards a Research Tradition in Gestalt Therapy. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Wong, A. J.  (2002). A Fine Young Atheist. In Dinan, S. (Ed.) Radical Spirit:  Spiritual Writings from the Voices of Tomorrow (pp. 15-23). Novato, CA: New World Library.

Wong, A. J.  (1991). Theme and Variations:  Spin-glasses, neural networks, and evolution. In L. Nadel and D. Stein (Eds.) The 1990 Summer Proceedings of the Santa Fe Institute (pp. 547-554).  New York: Addison-Wesley.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Wong, A. J.  (September, 2016).  The Body as the Way In: Positive Psychology through a Somatic Lens. Paper presented at the International Conference on Positive Psychology and Well-being, Xi’an, China.

Wong, A. J.  (September, 2014).  Many Dances, One Rhythm:  A Somatic Exploration of Gestalt-Based Movement Practices. Workshop presented at the International Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, Monterey, CA.

Wong, A. J.  & Nash M. R. (April, 2013).  A Guide to Conducting Case-Based Time-Series Research in Gestalt / Emotion Focused Therapy. Paper presented at the First International Research Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy and the Gestalt International Study Center, Cape Cod, MA.

Finn, M., Wong, A. J., Colvin, L., & Nash, M.R. (April, 2012).  Development of the Experience of Personal Space scale. Poster presented at the Spring Meeting of the APA Division of Psychoanalysis, Santa Fe, NM .

Wong, A. J., Swan, S.A., Finn, M., Volpe, E. & Nash, M.R. (September, 2011). Clarifying the relationship between hypnosis and mindfulness:  Correlational findings utilizing the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility and the Toronto Mindfulness Scale. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, New Orleans, LA.

Wong, A. J. (September, 2011).  Lessons learned in failed smoking cessation. In Nash, M. R. (chair). Clinical Hypnosis Laboratory:  Nine Consecutive Treatments in Emergency Medicine and Outpatient Settings (symposium). Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, New Orleans, LA.

Gray, E., Finn, M., Swan, S. A., Wong, A. J., & Nash, M. R. (July, 2011).  Openness to Unconscious: Clinical and Theoretical Correlates. Poster presented at the Summer Meeting of APA, Washington, DC.

Wong, A. J., Swan, S. A., Finn, M. & Nash, M. R. (May, 2011). Multichannel Relational Mindfulness.  Paper presented at Saturday Morning Seminar Series of the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society, Knoxville, TN.

Wong, A. J., Lounsbury, J. W. & Nash, M. R. (May, 2010). The impact of therapist mindfulness on therapeutic change within a patient across time:  An ideographic time series study of patient therapist covariation. Paper presented at Yale Psychoanalytic Research Training Program, New Haven, CT.

Wong, A. J., Swan, S. A., & Nash, M. R. (April, 2010). Landscapes of the Self:  A dimensional extension of Galatzer-Levy’s coupled oscillation model of psychoanalytic process. Poster presented at the Spring Meeting of the APA Division of Psychoanalysis, Chicago, IL.
Swan, S. A., Gray, E., Wong, A. J., Lounsbury, J. W. & Nash, M. R. (April, 2010). Openness to the Unconscious: Reliability and validity. Poster presented at the Spring Meeting of the APA Division of Psychoanalysis, Chicago, IL.

Wong, A. J.  (July, 1990). Theme and Variations:  Spin-glasses, neural networks, and evolution. Paper presented at the Santa Fe Institute, Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe, NM.
Wong, A. J. (April, 1987). Recognition of General Patterns Using Neural Networks.  Poster presented at the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, Washington, DC, International Science and Engineering Fair, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, West Point, NY.

FILMOGRAPHY

6/2013 Director, This Fight, Music Video
Founder’s Choice, Competitive Music Video Awards, Knoxville Film Festival

5/2012 Featured Guest, Tennessee Filmmaker, PBS
Produced by Keith McDaniel / Original Air Date:  March 25, 2012

5/2011 Director, Step One Breathe, Narrative Feature Film
Best Drama, Maryville Film Festival
Official Selection, Secret City Film Festival

3/2003 Principal Talent, We Want Your Soul, MTV
Top 40 Music Video in the United Kingdom
Adam Freeland Music Video / Produced by Smuggler Productions

Credentials & Accolades

8/1987 – 6/1991 A.B., Physics (with high honors) Princeton, NJ
Princeton University

8/1991 – 6/1993 B.A., Philosophy and Politics (with 1st class honors) Oxford, England
Oxford University

8/1993 – 6/1995 M.A., Philosophy Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan

8/1995 – 5/2000 Non-degree student, Gestalt Awareness Practice Big Sur, CA
Esalen Institute

8/2009 – 12/2014   Ph.D., Clinical Psychology Knoxville, TN
University of Tennessee
APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Program

9/2013 – 9/2014 Richmond Area Multi-Services San Francisco, CA
APA-Accredited Predoctoral Internship

9/2014 – 9/2015 Kaiser Permanente San Rafael, CA
APA-Accredited Postdoctoral Residency

AWARDS

5/2016 NCCEFT Northern California Community for Emotion Focused Therapy Diversity Scholarship  

5/2015 Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society Scholarship

1/2014 Division 39, Multicultural Scholar Award

4/2013 National Register Scholarship

8/2013 and 8/2011 Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Professional Development Award

7/2012 Chris Hebb Memorial Award for contribution to Object Relations Theory, Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society and the University of Tennessee

6/2012 SEARCH Community Health Program Award for work in an underserved community, Tennessee Primary Care Association

6/2011 Chancellor’s Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise,
University of Tennessee

6/2010 Psychoanalytic Research Training Fellow, Anna Freud Centre Program at Yale Child Study Center

5/2010 University of Tennessee Scholarly and Research Incentive Funds Award

4/2010 Departmental Nominee for the American Psychological Foundation and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Scholarship

1/2010 – 5/2012 Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society Student Travel Award

1/2010 – 5/2012 University of Tennessee Graduate Student Travel Award  

9/1993 – 8/1995 Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan

5/1991 Phi Beta Kappa

5/1991 Sigma Xi

9/1991 – 8/1993 Marshall Scholarship

5/1990 Time Magazine College Achievement Award

6/1990 Kusaka Prize, Princeton University

6/1990 Intramural Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health

6/1989- 9/1991 Goldwater Scholarship

9/1987-6/1991 Westinghouse Scholarship, 3rd nationally

9/1987-6/1991 Martin Marietta Scholarship

9/1987-6/1991 Henry DeWolf Smyth Scholar, Princeton University

6/1987 Navy National Science Competition, 4th place nationally

5/1987 US Air Force Award, International Science and Engineering Fair, 1st place internationally

4/1987 General Motors Award, International Science and Engineering Fair, 2nd place internationally

4/1987 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, National Runner-Up

4/1987 National Merit Scholarship

4/1987 Golden Plate Award

8/1986 Organization of Chinese Americans National Essay Contest Winner