Dr. Gregory L. Helbick-White

College of Letters and Sciences

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College of Letters and Sciences
(530) 226-4007

Greg White

Dr. White has been a Regional Lead Faculty in Psychology since 2000, with current primary duties involving all aspects of administration of the MA Counseling Psychology Program. He is both a clinical and social psychologist with advanced training and clinical experience in therapies based on cognitive-behavioral, systems, analytic (Jungian), expressive (Gestalt), existential, contemplative, interpersonal, social-psychological, and positive psychology paradigms. He has also been a staff member or director of programs providing training for medical students, nurses, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and human resources personnel. Prior to joining National University in 2000 he was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, the University of Auckland (Psychology and School of Medicine), the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Southern Oregon University. In addition, he has held positions as Chief of Psychology, Shasta County Mental Health; President, Northern California Behavioral Health Care; and Director of the Psychology Clinic at the University of Auckland. For six years he was in full time private practice as a clinical psychologist specializing in chronic pain, psychosomatic disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and men’s issues. He has been a licensed psychologist in Maryland, California, Oregon, and New Zealand. He maintains a small clinical practice drawing largely on analytic, contemplative, cognitive, and positive psychological methods. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UCLA (holding a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship), and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University (clinical internship at Palo Alto V.A. Medical Center), and graduated cum laude from Stanford University with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Biology.


Dr. White currently teaches several courses in the MA Counseling Psychology program including Evidence-Based Treatment, Counseling Paradigms I & II, and provides practicum supervision for Counseling Practicum I & II. He also teaches online and onsite BA Psychology courses in History of Psychology, Personality Theory, Social Psychology, Psychological Research, and Health Psychology.


Dr. White’s current research interests are (1) experimental and correlational research on counterfactual thought processes in dreaming and their relationship to personal problem-solving outcomes, (2) individual difference predictors of facets of dream numinosity, and (3) the use of mindfulness meditation techniques in psychotherapy.


Zimbardo, P. G., Marshall, G., White, G., & Maslach, C. (1973). Objective assessment of hypnotically induced time distortion. Science, 181, 282 284.

White, G. L., & Maltzman, I. (1978). Pupillary activity while listening to verbal passages. Journal of Research in Personality, 12, 361 369.

White, G. L. (1980).
Consensus and justification effects on attitudes following counterattitudinal behavior. Social Psychology Quarterly, 43, 321 327.

White, G. L. (1980). Inducing jealousy: A power perspective. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 6, 222 227.

White, G. L. (1980). Physical attractiveness and courtship progress. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 39, 660 668.

White, G. L., & Zimbardo, P. G. (1980). The effects of threat of surveillance and actual surveillance on expressed opinions toward marijuana. Journal of Social Psychology, 111, 49 61.

White, G. L. (1981). Jealousy and partner's perceived motives for attraction to a rival. Social Psychology Quarterly, 44, 24 30.

White, G. L. (1981). A model of romantic jealousy. Motivation and Emotion, 5, 295 310.

White, G. L. (1981). Relative involvement, inadequacy, and jealousy: A test of causal model. Alternative Lifestyles, 4, 291 309.

White, G. L. (1981). Some correlates of romantic jealousy. Journal of Personality, 49, 129 147.

White, G. L., Fishbein, S., & Rutstein, J. (1981). Passionate love and the misattribution of arousal. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 41, 56 62.

White, G. L., & Gerard, H. B. (1981). Post-decision evaluation of choice alternatives as a function of choice and expected delay of choice consequences. Journal of Research in Personality, 15, 371 382.

Gerard, H. B., & White, G. L. (1983). Post decisional reevaluation of choice alternatives. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 9, 365 370.

Smith, K. K., & White, G. L. (1983). Some alternatives to traditional social psychology of groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 9, 65 73.

White, G. L. (1984). Comparison of four jealousy scales. Journal of Research in Personality, 18, 115 130.

White, G. L., & Kight, T. (1984). Misattribution of arousal and attraction: Effects of salience of explanations for arousal. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 20, 55 64.

White, G. L., & Shapiro, D. (1987). Don't I know you? Antecedents and social consequences of perceived familiarity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 23, 75 92.

Vamos, M., White, G.L., & Caughey, D. (1990). Body image in rheumatoid arthritis: The relevance of hand appearance to desire for surgery. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 63, 267 277.

White, G.L., & Taytroe, L. (2003). Personal problem-solving using dream incubation: Dreaming, relaxation, or waking cognition? Dreaming, 13, 193-209.

Moore, M. L, White, G.L., & Moore, D. L. (2007). Association of relative backpack weight with reported pain, pain sites, medical utilization, and lost school time in children and adolescents. Journal of School Health, 77, 228-235.

White, G.L. (2008). Romantic jealousy: Therapists’ perceptions of causes, consequences, and treatments. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 7, 210-229.


White, G. L., & Helbick, T. R. (1988). Understanding and treating jealousy. In R. A. Brown & J. R. Field (Eds.), Treating sexual problems in individual and marital therapy (pp. 245-265). Great Neck, NY: PMA Publishing.

White, G. L., & Mullen, P. E. (1989). Jealousy: Theory, Research, and Clinical Strategies. New York: Guilford.

White, G.L. (1991). Self, relationship, friends, and family: A systems view of romantic jealousy. In P. Salovey (Ed.), The psychology of jealousy and envy (pp. 231-251). New York: Guilford Press.

White, G.L. (2000). Jealousy and problems of commitment. In W.H. Jones & J.M. Adams (Eds.), Handbook of interpersonal commitment (pp. 471-480). New York: Plenum Press.

White, G.L. (2013). Jealous partners. In L. Borman (Ed.), World book of love. Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo Publishers.


White, G. L. (2014). Content analysis of counterfactual thought in dreams. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the International Association of Dreams, Berkeley, California (June).

White, G. L., & Nixon, S. E. (2011). Evaluation of a multidimensional, tailored wellness program incorporating self-monitoring and self-regulation methods and follow-up consultation. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (August).

White, G. L. (2010). Western mindfulness interventions: Losing the larger contexts of mindfulness meditation? Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (August).

White, G. L., & Belarde, D. (2010). Dream numinosity: Relationship to Jungian functions and mysticism. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (August).

Alexander, V., White, G. L., & Tatum, C. (2009). Relationship of mindfulness and generalized self-efficacies to depression and anxiety in outpatient psychotherapy clients. Paper presented at the 11th European Congress of Psychology, Oslo, Norway (July).

White, G. L. (2009). Predictors of coping with romantic jealousy. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR (May).

White, G. L. (2007). Daytime distress and counterfactual thought in dreams. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Vancouver, B.C. (May)

White, G. L. (2007). Individual difference predictors of counterfactual thought in dreams. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Sonoma State University, CA (July).