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Society Presidents

President: Gina Belton, PhD

Gina Belton Gina Subia Belton, PhD, is core faculty in the Mind-Body Medicine Program and coordinator for the Contemplative End of Life Care Specialization at Saybrook University. She is a transdisciplinary educator who also teaches Sin Fronteras in Saybrook’s Transformative Social Change, Integrative Social Work, and PhD psychology programs. Raised in California by generations of elders and ancestors, long before "the border crossed them," her Chicanx and Mescalero Apache identity is alive in Mezistaje consciousness, grounding her ethnothanatological research and decolonial praxis. Belton is the inaugural chair of the president's JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Council at Saybrook University.

Gina Belton's teaching-learning philosophy is rooted in contemplative pedagogies and decolonial praxis, inviting students to turn toward deep learning through focused attention, reflection, and awareness practices, in learning as liberation. This teaching-learning experience is cultivated eco-psychologically—an intrinsic Indigenous awareness—to engage a student's coursework, research, and dissertation journey in such a way, that contemplation of feelings and insights, invites the connection of content with their learning and lived experience. Gina is a sought-after dissertation committee member for her collaborative and compassionate support as well as her embodiment as a critical Indigenous researcher.

Mentored by national and international end-of-life thought leaders, including Charles Garfield, PhD, Frank Ostaseski, Reverend Joan Halifax, PhD, Frances Vaughn PhD, Angeles Arrien, PhD, and Ram Dass, Belton's most outstanding teachers are those dying and their beloveds. Gina is currently training with Upaya Institute and Zen Center, preparing to serve as a Buddhist chaplain. Gina Belton's private practice concentrates on palliative psychology in spiritual midwifery at the end of life and grief support tending to those living with life-limiting illnesses and chronic conditions, aging, dying, and grieving—well and in balance.

Belton's community service is dedicated to uplifting Indigenous communities' mental health and wellness, particularly in suicide awareness, intervention, prevention, and postvention.

Gina, her husband Marc, and their four-legged relative, Reggie the Lab, are humble guests on the unceded lands of the Wiyot, behind the "Redwood Curtain" of the California north coast.

President-elect: Andrew M. Bland

Andrew Bland Andrew M. Bland is an associate professor of psychology at Millersville University in Lancaster County, PA, USA. He earned a master’s degree from the University of West Georgia’s humanistic-existential-transpersonal psychology program and a PhD in counseling psychology from Indiana State University.  He is a licensed psychologist, currently practicing at Samaritan Counseling Center in Lancaster, PA. Andrew serves as co-editor of Div. 32’s newsletter and as associate editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Andrew’s scholarship provides both qualitative and quantitative support for the practical application of themes/principles from existential-humanistic psychology in the domains of relationships, work/careers, leadership, the processes of therapy and education, creativity, cross-cultural encounters, and lifespan development. He is coeditor of The New–Old: Recollections, Reflections, and Reconnoiterings of Mike Arons (published by University Professors Press, 2020).

Past President: Todd DuBose, PhD

dubose-index Todd DuBose, PhD, (he/him/his) is an award winning, internationally renowned distinguished full professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as an adjunct professor at Saybrook University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, the Circulo de Estudios en Psicoterapia Existential, in Mexico City, Mexico, and the International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology in Beijing, China. He is also in private practice, is a former chaplain, and has over 30 years of experience in therapeutic care, supervision, teaching, consulting, advising and scholarship. He holds degrees in philosophy (BA, Georgia State University), religion (MDiv, Union Theological Seminary) and clinical psychology (PhD, Duquesne University). He integrates contemporary continental and comparative philosophy of religion and human science psychology (post-humanistic existentialism, radical hermeneutics, and therapeutic phenomenology) in caring for experiences of the impossible (no way out), and boundary or limit situations (the unwanted, unchangeable, irreversible, incurable, unrelenting, unmitigated, invisible, immeasurable, intangible, ungraspable), or extreme experiences such as psychosis, nihilism, suicidal and homicidal ideation, existential crises of meaning, paranormal or anomalous experiences. He sees his task as a "Seelsorge," or carer of soul (lived meaning), attending to “the happening in the happening” (Caputo), one who “keeps watch over absent meaning” (Blanchot) and/or as a guardian and shepherd of the clearing (Heidegger) for the irreducible, the unconditional, and the coming of the Other.  

His interprofessional and interdisciplinary experience is as extensive as his international experience. He has presented in such diverse places as Prague, London, Oxford, Paris, Toronto, Budapest, Brussels, Athens, Mexico City, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Jerusalem. His research attends to those persons, experiences, situations and events that are “left out” (e.g., subjugated knowledges and persons that are overlooked, ignored, rejected, pathologized, stigmatized, alienated, unforgiven, uncelebrated, and forgotten), intentionally or unwittingly, when standardized ideologies and practices of care are established, and by way of a commitment to the models of the organic intellectual, public scholar and engaged practitioner. He is very active in organizations that advocate for those persons oppressed by medicalized psychiatry and psychology (e.g., participant and on the board with the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry), and with addressing food insecurity and community violence among at-risk youth on Chicago’s southside (e.g., participant and board member of a farm to table culinary alternative therapeutic program called The Evolved Network. He critiques such ideologies embedded in such standards of care, particularly restrictive definitions of identity, suffering, therapeutics, “the good life,” meaning, evidence, empiricism, science, method, outcomes, truth, and reality.  

He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, has lived in eight states, is divorced, has two adult children, and resides with his partner, who is also a psychologist, in Chicago, Illinois. His avocation is in the culinary arts, particular exploring country-comfort-soul food “lit up.” He was born in the sun sign of Virgo, Cancer rising, and with an Aquarius moon. He also has a great love of animals, enjoys classic rock and smooth jazz, soul inspiring film and theater, weight/powerlifting, was a dancer for two weeks in New York City, including one memorable night at the famed Studio 54, before it burned down (and, no, these two events are not connected), has experienced full body apparitions in paranormal encounters, has trained a bit as a clown, scratched a lion on his back, volunteered to be Aerosmith’s chaplain, and yet, is mostly and simply a human being.

Presidents of Div. 32

  • 1971-1972 Carmi Harari (Acting)
  • 1972-1973 Carmi Harari
  • 1973-1974 Everett Shostrom
  • 1974-1975 David Bakan
  • 1975-1976 Stanley Graham and Myron Arons
  • 1976-1977 Gloria Gottsegen
  • 1977-1978 Barton Knapp
  • 1978-1979 Nora Weckler
  • 1979-1980 Virginia Sexton
  • 1980-1981 Stanley Krippner
  • 1981-1982 David Morgenstern
  • 1982-1983 John Tisdale
  • 1983-1984 Robert Harper
  • 1984-1985 M. Brewster Smith
  • 1985-1986 Alvin Mahrer
  • 1986-1987 Harold Greenwald
  • 1987-1988 Amedeo Giorgi
  • 1988-1989 Mary Jo Meadow
  • 1989-1990 Frank X. Barron
  • 1990-1991 E. Mark Stern
  • 1991-1992 Fred Massarik
  • 1992-1993 P. Erik Craig
  • 1993-1994 Ruth Heber
  • 1994-1995 Frederick J. Wertz
  • 1995-1996 George Howard
  • 1996-1997 Ilene Serlin
  • 1997-1998 Christopher Aanstoos
  • 1998-1999 David Elkins
  • 1999-2000 Eleanor Criswell
  • 2000-2001 Constance Fischer
  • 2001-2002 Larry M. Leitner
  • 2002-2003 Franz R. Epting
  • 2003-2004 Art Lyons
  • 2004-2005 Scott Churchill
  • 2005-2006 David Rennie
  • 2006-2007 David Cain
  • 2007-2008 Frank Farley
  • 2008-2009 Maureen O’Hara
  • 2009-2010 Sara K. Bridges
  • 2010-2011 Louise Sundararajan
  • 2011-2012 David N. Elkins
  • 2012-2013 Louis Hoffman
  • 2013-2014 Brent Dean Robbins
  • 2014-2015 V. Krishna Kumar
  • 2015-2016 Kirk J. Schneider
  • 2016-2017 Shawn Rubin
  • 2017-2018 Donna Rockwell
  • 2018-2019 Nathaniel Granger, Jr.
  • 2019-2020 Drake Spaeth
  • 2020-2021 Jonathan D. Raskin
  • 2021-2022 Todd DuBose
  • 2022-2023 Gina Belton
  • 2023-2024 Andrew Bland
Last updated: September 2022Date created: June 2011