Dr. Maureen O'Hara

College of Letters and Sciences


Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara, PhD., is Professor of Psychology with academic interests in humanistic psychology, cultural psychology, organizational behavior and leadership. Dr. O’Hara teaches undergraduate and graduate courses mostly online. Before coming to National University in 2006, she was president of Saybrook University in San Francisco and before that Executive Vice President. She is a founding member of International Futures Forum, UK and US www.internationalfuturesforum.com , and president of the Meridian International Institute for Leadership, Learning and the Future, a San Francisco think tank.

She is a licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and practiced for over three decades. Dr O’Hara did her doctorate at Union Institute of Ohio, under the supervision of psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers, founder of client-centered and person-centered psychotherapy and counseling. She worked with Dr. Rogers’ team of the Center for Studies of the Person, La Jolla, California training psychotherapists and counselors, facilitating encounter, and large group workshops, in many countries. She spent many years in Brazil training humanistic psychotherapists. Her recent work explores the future implications of global cultural shifts on psychological development and emotional well-being. She has published many articles in psychology and education journals. Books include, Em Busca da Vida, with C.R. Rogers, J.K. Wood and A. de L Fonseca (Summus,1983), 10 Things to Do in a Conceptual Emergency, with G. Leicester (Triarchy, 2009), and Handbook of Person-Centered Psychotherapy and Counseling with M. Cooper, P. Schmid and A. Bohart (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008). Her latest book, Dancing at the Edge; Competence, Culture and Organization (co-authored with Graham Leicester, Triarchy, 2012) addresses the question of how we might develop persons who are at home in the new emerging global culture. Dr. O’Hara is married to Robert Lucas and lives in Carlsbad, California.
For a more detailed CV listing all her publications and news of current activities see, www.maureen.ohara.net.

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