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Robert Ornstein, Ph.D. An internationally renowned psychologist and author of more than 20 books including the Psychology of Consciousness, Multimind, and The Roots of the Self, Robert Ornstein was considered one of the foremost experts on the brain. Perhaps best known for his pioneering research on the bilateral specialization of the brain, he continually emphasized the necessity of “conscious evolution” to meet the challenges of the 21st century. He taught at Stanford University, Harvard University and UCSF and was president of ISHK from its founding in 1969 until his death in December of 2018. His final work, God 4.0: On the Nature of Higher Consciousness and the Experience Called “God” will be published soon by Malor Books.

Board of Directors

David Sasseen Esq President
Shane DeHaven – Secretary
Mel Raff – Chief Financial Officer
Jill Barnes – Treasurer

Margaret Caudill-Slosberg, MD, PhD, MPH
Jonathan Russell
Safia Shah
Charles Swencionis, PhD

Program Directors

ISHK CE@Home for Psychologists
Charles Swencionis, PhD, is Associate Professor 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.

Hoopoe Books and Hoopoe Share Literacy Programs
Safia Shah
founder and Director of Kashfi’s Children, a United Kingdom community interest company has joined the ISHK team bringing with her additional teaching stories collected and adapted for children by her father, Idries Shah. Through this collaboration ISHK plans to expand Hoopoe’s publishing programs, including its outreach to disadvantaged children throughout the world. Safia has worked with Afghan refugees on the Pakistan/Afghan border, and is the author of numerous books and short stories. Afghan Caravan, a miscellany collected by Safia’s father and edited by her, was selected as The Daily Telegraph’s Book of the Year.


Roger Clement, PhD
Kathleen Mazor, PhD
David Sobel, MD, MPH
Denise Nessel, PhD


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