Dispatch 109: Announcing the Saybrook University Dr. Eleanor Criswell Founder's Scholarship

Photo Credit: Stephen Weiss ( http://www.stephenweissphotography.com )

Photo Credit: Stephen Weiss (http://www.stephenweissphotography.com)

In November of this past year, I had the privilege of meeting with Saybrook University’s founding director/president (Saybrook began as the Humanistic Psychology Institute), Dr. Eleanor Criswell. During that meeting, I had proposed the formation of a new scholarship to support new and continuing students, one that would honor her vital contributions to our founding. Moreover, this scholarship emphasizes the very humanistic legacy that defines us and our mission. I am pleased to say that Dr. Criswell graciously agreed to having a named scholarship in her honor.

Over the next two weeks, we will begin a campaign as part of our annual appeal to seek donors who will help us reach a $25,000 goal so as to seed the scholarship fund. I have included the scholarship overview here. In the meantime, if you would like to make a gift towards this scholarship, please go to www.saybrook.edu/giving. In the memo line, indicate the “this gift is for the Dr. Eleanor Criswell Founder’s Scholarship”. We will ensure it gets to the right place.

Below is Dr. Criswell’s biography. I think you will - as did I - find her accomplishments truly inspirational!


Dr. Eleanor Criswell Biography

Eleanor Criswell, EdD, C-IAYT, is emeritus professor of psychology Sonoma State University, where she taught for nearly 40 years. She has a Masters in Counseling and Guidance (University of Kentucky, 1961) and a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Florida (1968). She is founding director of the Humanistic Psychology Institute (1970) (now Saybrook University, Oakland). Director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training, she has written Biofeedback and Somatics: Toward personal Evolution, How Yoga Works: An Introduction to Somatic Yoga, and edited Cram’s Introduction to Surface Electromyography. She is one of the pioneers in the field of biofeedback, yoga education in the United States, and somatics. She served as president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology (1976), Division 32 (1999-2000), and the International Association for Yoga Therapists (2010-2013). She founded Freeperson Press in 1975 to publish books relevant to the field of humanistic psychology. She is a California licensed psychologist and practices humanistic psychotherapy. She is originator of Somatic Yoga, Equine Hanna Somatics®, and Canine Hanna Somatics®. She conducts trainings in Hanna Somatic Education. In the past 59 years she has worked with thousands of students and clients, women and men—all from a humanistic orientation. She is the first recipient of the Eleanor Criswell Hanna Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women in Humanistic Psychology given by Division 32—the Society of Humanistic Psychology, American Psychological Association.