Birthdate: October 19, 1976

Place of Birth: Landstuhl, Germany

 

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. Transpersonal Psychology
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA, June, 2012
Education and Research Specialization (TERS)
Dissertation: “Participatory Reality Constitution:  A Phenomenological Study of Generative Experiences in Higher Education Classrooms”
Chairperson: Glenn Hartelius, Ph.D.
Committee Members: Harris Friedman, Ph.D. & Leslie Allan Combs, Ph.D.

M.A. Psychology
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA, 2009

B.A. Liberal Arts
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, May 2002
• Psychology, Philosophy, Comparative Religion, and Visual Arts: Painting & Installation Art

 

Professional Service & Certifications

Founder, Ludus Amoris Institute, January 2014 ~ present

Board Member, Society for Consciousness Studies

Assistant Editor, International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 2012 ~ present

Board Member-at-Large: Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences (SPHS), 2009-2011

Certificate: Transpersonal Education and Research Specialization (TERS)
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA, 2012

Year-long Weekly Seminar with Amedeo Giorgi on Merleau-Ponty
Neurophenomenology Center, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA, September 2008 ~ September 2009

Certificate in Biofeedback
Stens Corporation Professional Biofeedback 5-day Training, March 2008

Certificate in Organizational Change
Rainwater Coaching and Consulting, Atherton, CA, January 2007-December 2007

Certificate in Business Administration
University of California, Berkeley, June 2006

Conscious Evolution M.A. Program
The Graduate Institute, Milford, CT, September 2004~August 2005
• Coursework included Dynamical Systems Theory, Complexity Theory, Developmental Theory, Future Studies, and Transformative Practice.

 

Teaching Experience

Instructor: COUN 513: Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Counseling
Spring 2018, Counseling Department (Pending)
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Instructor: PSY 3112: Theories of Personality: History and Systems
Spring 2018, Undergraduate Program (Pending)
Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

Instructor: PSY 3111: Theories of Personality: History and Systems
Fall 2017, Undergraduate Program
Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

Instructor: COUN 513: Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Counseling
Fall 2017, Counseling Department
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Instructor: PSY 3112: Theories of Personality: History and Systems
Spring 2017, Undergraduate Program
Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

Instructor: PSY 3111: Theories of Personality: History and Systems
Fall 2016, Undergraduate Program
Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

Instructor: PSY 750: History of Psychology
Summer 2016, Psychology Program
Meridian University, Petaluma, CA

Instructor: PSY 638: Research Methods II: Quantitative Design
Spring 2016, Psychology Program
Meridian University, Petaluma, CA

Instructor: COUN 513: Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Counseling
Spring 2014, Counseling Department
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Instructor: PSY 717: Psychology of Mystical Experience
Summer 2014, Psychology Program
Meridian University, Petaluma, CA

Faculty: Research Methods; Foundations I: Classical and Contemporary Transpersonal Theory; Eugene Gendlin's Philosophy and Focusing Technique; Capstone Project I & II
Transpersonal-Integral Psychology in the Individualized M.A. Program (distance)
Burlington College, Burlington, VT

Instructor: Cognitive Science
Fall 2012, Integral Theory Program
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Instructor: Social Systems
Summer 2012, Integral Theory Program
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Instructor: Perspectives on the Body
Spring 2012, Integral Theory Program
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Teaching Assistant (35%): Introduction to Television Studies
Winter 2012, Department of Film and Digital Media
University of California, Santa Cruz

Instructor: Cognitive Science
Fall 2011, Integral Theory Program
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Instructor: Perspectives on the Body
Spring 2011, Integral Theory Program
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Instructor: Multiple Intelligences
Winter 2011, Integral Theory Program
John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Teaching Assistant: The Internet and Scholarly Research
September 2009-December 2009
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

Teaching Assistant: Cultural Psychology
April 2009-June 2009
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

Instructor & Teaching Assistant: Transpersonal Psychology
August 2008-December 2008
East-West Psychology Program
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

Teaching Assistant: Proseminar in Transpersonal and Spiritual Psychology
September 2007-December 2007
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

 

Research Experience

Research Assistant
to Rosemarie Anderson, PhD
for a study using the Body Insight Scale (BIS)
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

Research Intern
Institute of Noetic Sciences
Petaluma, CA

Research Assistant:
Office of Institutional Research
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

Research Team Member
Neurophenomenology Center
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

Research Assistant to Chair of Residential Ph.D. Program
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

Research Assistant on Committee for Organizational Effectiveness
September 2007-December 2007
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

Research Group: Meditation and Yoga: Concentrative Spiritual Practices
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

Research Group: Psychomanteum Research and Altered States
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

Research Group: Psychospiritual Integration and Transformation (PSIT)
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

 

Professional Experience

Social Media and Communications Consultant
Meridian University
Petaluma, CA
March 2016 - December 2016

Associate Director
MetaIntegral
Sebastopol, CA
September 2014 - December 2015

Undergraduate Advisor (2 years)
History of Art and Visual Culture Department
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

Program Coordinator
Integral Theory Department
John F. Kennedy University
Pleasant Hill, CA
January, 2010 – July, 2011

Associate Organizer: 2nd Biennial Integral Theory Conference: Enacting an Integral Future, July 29-August 1, 2010, John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Panel Moderator: Integral Art Panel, 2nd Biennial Integral Theory Conference: Enacting an Integral Future, July 29-August 1, 2010, John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Organizational Change Management Intern
November 2007-August 14, 2008
Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA

Program Development:
March 2008
Assisted the president of the European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS) and the Portuguese Transpersonal Association in the formation of a Master’s degree program in the Science of Consciousness at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal

Activity Instructor
June 2006 – September 2006
Community Gatepath ~ Burlingame, California
• Planned and lead daily instruction for developmentally disabled seniors
• Designed and taught classes for participants
• Collaborated with colleagues to meet the goals of the program and improve the quality of life for participants
• Responsible for coordinating, driving, and leading day trips to Bay Area events

Personal Care Provider
November 2004 ~ May 2006
Garden Square at Spring Creek Assisted Living Center ~ Fort Collins, CO
• Supported and assisted residents by providing them with enriching experiences through conversation, hands-on activities and personal care
• Responsible for creating and maintaining a clean and organized environment

Editor
March 2005
Integral Institute
Boulder, CO
• Organized and indexed audio and video files for online Integral University
• Consulted with colleagues to design and provide content for weekly newsletter
• Participated in academic discussions regarding integral theory which were recorded for podcast release
• Collaborated with colleagues during weekly meetings to map out the future of the program

Counselor, Residential
February 2004 – August 2004
Seattle Children’s Home ~ Seattle, WA
• Provided quality care for at-risk teens by teaching interpersonal communication skills as well as modeling and demonstrating limit-setting, problem-solving, cooperation and verbal de-escalation
• Worked as part of a team with colleagues to plan and implement group activities and programs
• Used behavior modification strategies with clients

Counselor, Residential October 2002-December 2003
Aacres Allvest, L.L.C. ~ Seattle, WA
• Provided quality support and care for developmentally disabled adults
• Counseled clients concerning appropriate boundary setting and behavior

 

Conference Presentations

5. "The Mission of Ludus Amoris," 1st Conference for the Society for Consciousness Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies, May 29-June 1, 2014.

4. “Participatory Sense-Making and Collaborative Presence in Higher Education Classrooms,” Annual Conference for the Society of Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the APA: Person, Consciousness, and Community, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, March 29-April 1, 2012.

3. “Husserl, Schutz, and Collective Intentionality: A Transpersonal-Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Participatory Enaction,” Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences (SPHS) Annual Conference in association with the Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), George Mason University, Arlington, VA, October 29-31, 2009.

2. “The Future of Transpersonal Theory and Praxis in the 21st Century,” European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS): Planet, Culture, and Consciousness: The Development of Humanity in the 21st Century, Barcelona, Spain, October 29 to November 2, 2008.

1. “Universal Integralism: Ontology, Epistemology, and Methodology in a Social Change Context: A Critical Analysis of Wilber’s Integral Method,” Poster Presentation, 1st Biennial Integral Theory Conference, John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA, August 7 to 10, 2008.

 

Volunteer Experience

4. “Transpersonal Psychology Conference: Spirituality in Action: Bringing Transpersonal Psychology to a World in Crisis” February 4-7, 2010, Atherton, CA

3. “Science and Nonduality Conference” October 21-25, 2009, San Rafael, CA.

2. Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Marin County, CA (once yearly during Winter Solstice since 2007)

1. “Existential-Humanistic Institute 2008 Annual Conference,” November 13-15, 2008, San Francisco, CA.

 

Memberships

Board Member, Society for Consciousness Studies

Spiritual Directors International (SDI)

Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP)

International Association for Transpersonal Studies (IATS)

Research Scholar, Ronin Institute

 

Publications & Writing

Avila Saiter, S.  (2015). The Problem of Relevance and Typification: Integral Theory as Example. Unpublished Research Paper.

Saiter, S. A. & Hartelius, G. (2012). Introduction to Special Topics Section: Parapychology.International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31(1), 47-48.

Saiter, S. A. (2011). Book Review: “Integral Education: New Directions for Higher Learning” edited by Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Jonathan Reams, and Olen Gunnlaugson. Teachers College Record.

Wrote the index for Integral Theory in Action: Applied, Theoretical, and Constructive Perspectives on the AQAL Model, (2010), edited by Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, SUNY Press series in Integral Theory.

Saiter, S. M. (2009). Universal Integralism: Ken Wilber’s Integral Method in Context, The Humanistic Psychologist, Vol.  37No. 4, 307-325.

Saiter, S. M. (2009). Book Review: “The Return of the Perennial Philosophy” by John Holman.The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Vol.  34, No. 1.

Saiter, S. (2009). Conference Review: EUROTAS 2008. AHP Perspective/ATP Newsletter, December 2008/January 2009.

Journal of Conscious Evolution. (2005).
Co-founder of the Journal of CE (now part of the Ludus Amoris Institute), with Dr. Allan Combs, professor and program chair, Transformative Studies Program, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA.

Saiter, S. M. (2005). A General Introduction to Integral Theory and Comprehensive Mapmaking, published in The Journal of Conscious Evolution.

Saiter, S. M. (2004). Transpersonal Therapy and the Role of the Healer. Published in LILA: Journal of Cosmic Play.