Dispatch 35: Introducing Faculty-Staff Spotlights!

As part of my efforts to increase outreach to our broader community, I  am beginning a new blog feature focusing on faculty and staff. Periodically, I will be posting spotlights on those who, along with our fabulous students, continue to make Saybrook what it is: a leader in humanistic ways of being in the world, empowering students to create a better world!

We begin this series with Dr. Donald Moss, Dean of Saybrook University's College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences! I hope you enjoy this series.

Faculty-Staff Spotlight: Dr. Donald Moss, Dean
College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences
Saybrook University

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What is your name? Donald Moss, PhD

What degrees, certifications do you hold?   MA and Ph.D. in Clinical health psychology


  • Biofeedback Certification International Alliance:  Senior Fellow in Biofeedback, Senior Fellow in Neurofeedback
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis:  Training Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis
  • Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis:  Fellow and Certification in Clinical Hypnosis

How long have you worked at Saybrook?   17 years

What is your position?   Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences

Why did you choose to work at Saybrook University? I wrote a book on Humanistic and transpersonal psychology (Greenwood Press, 1998) and Saybrook faculty Eugene Taylor and Stanley Krippner both contributed to the book.  My dialogues with them, and with two other Saybrook instructors/friends, Jeanne Achterberg and Ian Wickramaskera, led me to agree to teach courses on humanistic and integrative approaches to healthcare in 2000.

At Saybrook, I am most enthused about the recruitment of gifted and inspirational teachers, and the development of new graduate degree programs (such as nutrition, health coaching, and nursing) in order to extend the mind-body-spirit understanding of health and disease to additional healthcare disciplines.

How long have you worked in higher education? In your discipline or area? I taught intermittently as an adjunct from 1976 to 2000 at Duquesne University, Grand Valley State University and the Behavioral Medicine Research Foundation.  I have been active in the development and clinical applications of psychophysiologically-based treatments since 1978.

What is your main area of research? Are there any publications you’d like to highlight? My research has focused on psychophysiology and mind-body based treatments and on the integration of behavioral and lifestyle changes with professional interventions to address both medical and mental health disorders.

Two recent journal articles:

  • Moss, D. (2017).  I so hurt: Applications of hypnosis, complementary therapies, and lifestyle change to traumatic brain injury. Annals of Palliative Care. (Publication ahead of print). doi:10.21037/apm.2017.08.16
  • Moss, D. (2017). The frustrated and helpless healer: Pathways approaches to post-traumatic stress disorders. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 65(3), 336-352.

Two recent books:

  • Moss, D., & Shaffer, F. (Eds.) (2016).  Foundations of heart rate variability: A book of readings. Wheat Ridge, CO:  Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.
  • McGrady, A., & Moss, D.  (2013).  Pathways to illness, pathways to health. New York, NY: Springer.

What other aspects about you would you like us to know?

On October 28, I was installed as President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.  I have previously served as president of APA Division 30 (hypnosis) and served in several leadership positions in both organizations for the last five years.