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2012 Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge

Directors, Advisors & Staff

Founder and President Robert Ornstein, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned psychologist and author who has written more than 20 books on the brain, mind and health, among them The Psychology of Consciousness, The Roots of the Self and The Right Mind. Considered one of the foremost experts on the brain, he has taught at Stanford University, Harvard University and UCSF.

Board of Directors

Robert Ornstein
Sally Mallam
Fredrik Bjork (retired)
Margaret Caudill
Shane DeHaven
Jonathan Russell
Charles Swencionis

Advisors and Collaborators

From 1969 to present, partial list:
James Burke
William Dement
Edward T. Hall
Doris Lessing
Rene Dubos
Paul Ehrlich
Jonas Salk
Hans Seyle
Idries Shah
Roger Sperry

Program Directors
ISHK CE@Home for Psychologists

Charles Swencionis, Ph.D., is Director of the program in Clinical Health Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, where he is also Associate Professor of Psychology, Epidemiology and Population Health, and Psychiatry. His research concerns developing new treatments for obesity. He has written numerous articles and is co-editor of The Healing Brain: A Scientific Reader, and co-author of The Lazy Person's Guide to Fitness and The Complete Weight-Loss Workbook.

ISHK Center for Health Sciences

David Sobel, M.D., M.P.H., is a practicing physician and regional Director of Patient Education and Health Promotion for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California. He has written seven books, including The Healing Brain, Healthy Pleasures and Mind & Body Health Handbook.

Margaret Caudill, M.D., Ph.D., is an internist specializing in health improvement and patient-centered care. Formerly an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, she is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Dartmouth Medical School, as well as a fellow in the Quality Scholars Program at Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Junction, Vt., and an MPH candidate at the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School.

Early Education

Denise Nessel, Ph.D., is a Consultant and Director of Publications with the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education. An educational consultant who conducts workshops and seminars on effective teaching, she is the author of ten methods books for teachers, and the editor of the books Awakening Young Minds and From Dubs to Marbles.

Human Nature

Robert Ornstein, Ph.D. (See above)

ISHK Imprints & Children's Literacy

Sally Mallam spent 15 years in international business and publishing prior to coming to the U.S. She joined ISHK in 1983 as Administrative Director. In 1996 she initiated the ISHK publishing imprints Malor and Hoopoe Books, and the subsequent development of ISHK’s literacy outreach four years later. She is also an artist who has exhibited in the U.S. and Britain.

Administrative Director
Accounting Manager
Fulfillment Center Staff
Sales and Marketing Directors

Shane DeHaven
Jill Barnes
Robin Eldridge & Tory Steuber
Jonathan Russell and Phil Loomis

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