Founder and Executive Committee


Founder

Dr. Gregg Henriques is Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University in the Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology. He received Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont and did his post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, working with Dr. Aaron T. Beck. His primary area of scholarly interest is in developing a “unified metapsychology framework” for both the science and practice of psychology. Toward that end he has authored the book, A New Unified Theory of Psychology and developed a popular blog on Psychology Today, Theory of Knowledge, where he has authored over 350 essays on psychology, philosophy, politics, and mental health. He is the founder of the Theory of Knowledge Society, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and has won numerous awards for teaching, scholarship, and service, and published dozens of articles in leading academic journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, American Psychologist, and Review of General Psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, he has expertise in theoretical psychology, unified approaches to psychotherapy, psychological well-being, personality functioning, depression, and suicidal behavior. Here is his curriculum vita. See his home page at gregghenriques.com.

To contact Professor Henriques, email him at henriqgx (at) jmu (dot) edu.


TOK Society Executive Committee

Dr. Andre Marquis is an associate professor of counseling and human development at the University of Rochester and a licensed mental health counselor in New York with a small private practice. He has worked closely with Ken Wilber and Michael Mahoney and has expertise in psychotherapy integration and unification, psychopathology, group therapy, relational psychodynamics, affect-focused therapies, developmental constructivism, and integral metatheory as a framework to coherently organize theory, research, and practice. He has authored or co-authored Integral Psychotherapy: A Unifying Approach, Understanding Psychopathology: An Integral Exploration, The Integral Intake: A Guide to Comprehensive Idiographic Assessment in Integral Psychotherapy, Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy, and dozens of peer-reviewed scholarly articles.

Dr. Michael F. Mascolo is Professor of Psychology at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is the Academic Director of the Compass Program at Merrimack College, an intensive, year-long academic and socio-emotional immersion program for first-year college students. Dr. Mascolo received his PhD at the University at Albany -- SUNY and performed postdoctoral work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author or editor of five books. These include The Handbook of Integrative Developmental Science, 8 Keys to Old School Parenting for Modern Families, Psychotherapy as a Developmental Process, Culture and Developing Selves, and What Develops in Emotional Development? You can read his Psychology Today blog at Values Matter. He is also a life coach on issue related to conflict management, parenting, teaching and personal development. To view his personal website, press here.

Dr. Joseph Michalski is Professor at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, where he has taught since 2003. He has been the Chair of the Department of Sociology (2011-2015) and the Associate Academic Dean (2016-2019). He received his PhD from the University of Virginia. He has worked with Dr. Gregg Henriques for several years to facilitate the integration of sociological and psychological reasoning as part of the Tree of Knowledge system. His main intellectual interest involves the development of integrated theories of human behavior rooted in the combination of social, cultural, and psychological determinants. His primary research focuses on comparative studies of different types of violent behavior, ranging from domestic violence to international terrorism. His work has addressed a range of substantive issues, such as the determinants of criminal behavior, rape, knowledge production, altruism, poverty, social inequality, and animal rights.

Dr. Steven Quackenbush is Associate Provost and Dean of the Arts and Sciences, as well as Professor of Psychology at the University of Maine at Farmington. He completed his Ph.D. in social-personality psychology at Kansas State University in 1996. As a UMF faculty member, Dr. Quackenbush has taught a broad range of courses, including General Psychology (PSY 101), Adulthood and Aging (PSY 226), and Cognitive Psychology (PSY 314). His scholarly interests include the history of psychology and narrative approaches to the study of lifespan personality development. Dr. Quackenbush’s recent publications have explored issues relevant to the narrative structure of personal identity as well as the general problem of theoretical unification in the social sciences. He has published several papers on the Tree of Knowledge System and its implications for psychology and a unified framework for the social sciences.

Dr. Waldemar Schmidt is Professor Emeritus at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of multiple peer-reviewed articles and presentations in numerous medical journals, the founder and editor of Cytopathology Annual, a past officer of The Papanicolaou Society, and the author of Principles and Techniques in Surgical Pathology. After retiring from a career in academic medicine (Pathology) he has attended to continuing education in and writing on human psychology and psychiatry over the past fifteen years.

Zak Ali, MBA, is an entrepreneur and a value creator. He has worked in many domains including Software Development, B2B eCommerce, Industrial Wholesale, Specialty Retail, Publishing, Printing, Plastics and Machinery Manufacturing and Packaging and Fulfillment. Founder of Esided Business Solutions, he helped Dr. Henriques with the construction of the website and the vision of the TOK Society. He offers the following as a statement of involvement:

I consider myself a life-longer learner, and a teacher and a coach to myself and people in my orbit. What attracted me to the TOK Society is the elegance and coherence of the eight key ideas that are so simple to understand but at the same time so deep and broad in scope. As a parent, a businessperson and as an adviser to other business people, I must learn, apply and practice better sense-making and path-finding tools. I am excited to be part of TOK Society and look forward to doing my part in exploring and developing ideas, values, and practices that are oriented toward enhancing human dignity and well-being with integrity.