Department History

SSU Campus, 1970s (from SSU library) The department, founded in 1960, originally emphasized the humanistic and existential traditions in psychology. The department offered the first graduate program in humanistic psychology and helped to pioneer that field, with four faculty who served as president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, an international organization. Department faculty pioneered work in such areas as somatics, client-centered therapy, expressive arts, biofeedback, organization development, ecopsychology, Jungian and archetypal psychology, transpersonal psychology, student-directed learning, experiential learning, and learning-community approaches.


Shrink Rap Radio, created by David Van Nuys, Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University features interviews with many Psychology Department faculty and eminent leaders from across the discipline. You can listen to programs on your computer or download or subscribe to the series on iTunes. 

Emeritus Faculty

  • Eleanor Criswell, Ed.D.
  • Victor Daniels, Ph.D.
  • Saul Eisen, Ph.D.
  • Barry Godolphin, Ph.D. (d. 2008)
  • Robert Greenway, Ph.D.
  • Susan Hillier, Ph.D.
  • Larry Horowitz, Ph.D. (d. 2012)
  • Bernd Jager, Ph.D.
  • William McCreary, Ph.D.
  • Nina Menrath, Ph.D. (d. 2013)
  • Charles Merrill, Ed.D.
  • Frank Siroky, Ph.D.
  • Robert Slagle, Ph.D.
  • Susan Stewart, Ph.D. 
  • Hobart (Red) Thomas, Ph.D. (d. 2009)
  • David Van Nuys, Ph.D.
  • Arthur Warmoth, Ph.D. (d. 2014)