Harris Friedman

Faculty, Psychology and Counseling Program
Residency Site: Plainfield VT



Harris Friedman has a background as a clinical psychologist, organizational consultant, and program developer. As a researcher, he is most interested in the fundamental epistemological questions related to how we know what we think we know. This translates into a particular focus on developing techniques of assessment and measurement as well as a finding ways to utilize these techniques in areas that have previously resisted empirical efforts.  He channels these interests primarily into research and practice in cultural and transpersonal psychology.



PhD in Personality-Clinical Psychology, Georgia State University
MA in Sociology, Emory University
BA in Psychology, Emory University

Areas of Expertise

Test construction and validation, correlational and multivariate research, personality and clinical psychology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religion, cultural and transpersonal psychology


Personal Statement

I have specific interests in clinical-consulting-counseling, cultural, social justice, somatic, and transpersonal psychologies.  I am also a generalist within psychology, and rarely find anything related to the field to be uninteresting.  As a generalist, my current interests range from exploring emotional expressions in dogs to debunking false beliefs widely held in psychology–and two of my papers on these topics went viral in 2013 by receiving international media attention.

In terms of my interests in clinical-consulting-counseling, I was in private practice as a psychotherapist for many years, as well as taught clinical and counseling skills to graduate students at several universities.  I also developed many programs, especially those focused on serving marginalized and underserved groups.  In addition, I have researched and written a considerable amount in this area, and am now co-authoring two-volumes (one on transpersonal assessment and the other on transpersonal interventions) for Praeger Books.  I especially like bioenergetic, gestalt, and hypnotherapeutic interventions at the individual level, while I also enjoy working with larger systems, from couples and families to more complex levels of organization.  One of my areas of expertise is test development, and I have created several measures.

In terms of my interest in cultural psychology, I have worked pretty much all over the world as a consultant, and I have written and researched widely in this area.  My major consulting roles have been on organizational development and change, and I have worked with small organizations, large multinational corporations, and even entire nations.  My newest co-authored book, Transcultural Competence: Navigating Cultural Differences in the Global Community, will be published in early 2015 by the American Psychological Association.

In all of my work, I am concerned about social justice implications.  I recently co-edited The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology (3 volumes), and have strong roots in political activism going back to the 1960s with civil rights and antiwar involvements when I was a college undergraduate.  I have continued being involved with working for many human rights causes, and in 2003 received the Florida Psychological Association’s annual award for “Outstanding Contributions in the Public Interest” for activism in my home state.  Most of my recent activism focuses on the environment, and my wife and I live on a wilderness preserve in the northern part of the Florida Everglades, where I am involved in preservation efforts.

I have special interest in somatics, and have written on and taught bioenergetics and other body-based approaches to growth and therapy.  In addition, I am a teacher and practitioner of Japanese Aikido.

My last interest is transpersonal psychology, and it is from this vantage I view most of my other activities, as I see it as an inclusive framework that contains my other interests.  I am the Senior Editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, have researched and written extensively in this area, co-edited The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology in 2013, and am active in the International Transpersonal Association as president of its board.

For some professional credentials, I am board certified in both Clinical Psychology and Organizational / Business Consulting Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.  I am also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.  Last, I am a retired professor at Saybrook University and University of Florida.


  1. Praeger hanbook cover
  2. Wiley-Blackwell book cover
  3. book jacket
  4. International Transpersonal Association