Social Program Alumni
Rainer Diriwächter is a native of Switzerland and has a strong background in the history of German psychology. He has published several articles and book chapters that highlight the contributions of "Ganzheitspsychologie" - the German holistic approach to psychology. Recent book publications include the international volume "Striving for the Whole: Creating Theoretical Syntheses" (2008, Transaction Publishers) and "Innovating Genesis: Microgenesis and the Constructive Mind in Action" (2008, Information Age Publishing). Dr. Diriwächter is also the editor of the newly founded Journal of Integrated Social Sciences (JISS.org) and currently serves as editorial board member for the following peer-reviewed journals: Culture & Psychology, Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science (IPBS), and the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology (JSEC). At CLU, he is the faculty advisor to Psi Chi (the national honor society in psychology) and the Interdisciplinary Research Council (IRC). Email Rainer
Diriwächter, R. & Valsiner, J. (Eds.) (2008). Striving for the Whole: Creating
Theoretical Syntheses. Somerset, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
Abbey, E., & Diriwächter, R. (Eds.) (2008). Innovating Genesis: Microgenesis and the Constructive Mind in Action. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
Recent Book Chapters & Journal Articles
Diriwächter, R. (2009). Idiographic Microgenesis: Re-visiting the experimental tradition of Aktualgenese. In J. Valsiner, P.C.M. Molenaar, M.C.D.P. Lyra, & N. Chaudhary (Eds.), Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences (pp. 319-352). New York, NY: Springer Publications.
Diriwächter, R. (2009). Heimweh or Homesickness: A nostalgic look at the Umwelt that no longer is. In R.I. Sokol Chang (Ed.), Relating to Environments: A new look at Umwelt (pp. 163-184). Somerset, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
Peshek, D. J., Kraus, M. L., & Diriwächter, R. (2009). Construction and internalization of prayer practices to cope with transitional life periods. In S. Salvatore, J. Valsiner, S. Strout-Yagodzynski, & J. Clegg (Eds.), YIS: Yearbook of Idiographic Science (pp. 135-162). Rome, Italy: Firera & Liuzzo Group.
Caitlin Mahoney received her B.A. in psychology from Siena College in 2003 and her Ph.D. from Clark University in 2008. She is currently working as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN, where she teaches classes in General Psychology, Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods, & Peace Psychology. Her research combines an interest in emotion/motivation and peace/conflict. In the past this has included work on positive psychology (security, joy, compassion); pro-social behaviors; psychical distance & interpersonal closeness; authenticity & virtue. Caitlin currently serves as the Internet Editor for The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (APA Div 48 - www.peacepsych.org). Visit Caitlin's website or email her.
Rebekah Phillips received her B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College, IL. Her research focuses on genocide survivors in Rwanda. Previous work has included a needs assessment of child-headed households in rural Rwanda, analysis of genocide narratives, and research on unforgiveness and identification. In addition to her research, Rebekah has taught at WPI and Clark University in the areas of Social and Cultural Psychology and works with the journal, Culture & Psychology. She is currently teaching at the College of the Holy Cross.
Stephanie is interested in how individuals create health behavior change. More specifically, she is interested in the relationship of psychology and complementary and alternative medicine to specific health behavior changes with regard to self-perception, concepts of health/illness, and the relationship of the body to the mind in the healing process.