Author Archives: Van Nuys

When outside of the pod, “Dr. Dave” is also known as David Van Nuys, Ph.D. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University and served as that department’s Chair for seven years. The department has a longstanding reputation for its commitment to humanistic, transpersonal, and existential approaches to psychology. He has also taught psychology at the University of Montana, the University of Michigan, and the University of New Hampshire. He has served as a dissertation advisor for doctoral students at Saybrook Institute and the Institute for Integral Studies, among others.

David also runs a market research consulting business www.e-focusgroups.com which has served a distinguished list of clients, including The New York Times, Apple Computer, IBM, Hewllet Packard, and QuickenLoans, among others. He was on the board of directors of the Qualitative Research Consultants Association and is Editor-in-Chief for that organization’s magazine, QRCA VIEWS. He has also served on the board of the Humanistic Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association.

David received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and has worked as a licensed psychotherapist in both California and New Hampshire. He has led personal growth workshops at various growth centers around the U.S. and Ireland and most recently has been co-leading groups with Dr. Ron Alexander in such locales as Kauai, Mallorca, and Switzerland.

David has written scores of articles and reviews for a variety of professional and popular publications. At one time, he wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column. In 2001, he co-authored the book, This is the Zodiac Speaking: Into the mind of a serial killer, in which he profiles the murderer in this famous, unsolved case. HBO picked up an option on the book with the idea of possibly using it as the basis for a mini-series.

#556 – The War on Violent Video Games with Drs. Pat Markey & Chris Ferguson

Dr. Patrick Markey is a Professor of Psychology, the Director of the Interpersonal Research Laboratory at Villanova University, and a former President of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research. Dr. Patrick Markey received his doctorate from the University of California (Riverside) in social and personality psychology, with a focus on behavioral statistics. Since receiving […]

Video Preview #556 – The War on Violent Video Games with Drs. Pat Markey & Chris Ferguson

I speak with professors Patrick Markey of Villanova University and Christopher Ferguson of Stetson University about their 2017 book, Moral Combat: Why the war on violent video games is wrong. http://media.blubrry.com/psychology/p/shrinkrapradio.com/images/556MarkeyFergusonViolentGamesClip.mp4Podcast: Play in new window | Download

#555 – A Jungian Understanding of The Fat Complex with Cheryl Fuller PhD

Cheryl Fuller PhD is a Jungian psychotherapist living on the coast of Maine. She is passionately interested in depth psychology, psychotherapy, feminism and fat studies. Her new book, The Fat Lady Sings, weaves these threads into a tapestry of personal experience, critique of psychoanalytic theory and treatment of fatness, all in the context of the […]

Video Preview #555 Jungian Cheryl Fuller on Fat Complex

I’ll be speaking with Jungian psychotherapist Dr. Cheryl Fuller about her book, The Fat Lady Sings:A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and Its Effects. http://media.blubrry.com/psychology/p/shrinkrapradio.com/images/555CherylFullerFatComplexClip.mp4Podcast: Play in new window | Download

#554 – Sexual Abuse Recovery Coaching with Rachel Grant

Rachel Grant, M.A. is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse. She works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse who are beyond sick and tired of feeling broken, unfixable, and burdened […]

#553 –The Child Refugee Crisis and Psychology with Michael Wessells PhD

Michael Wessells, PhD, is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner, he is former Co-Chair of the IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. This group developed the first global, consensus guidelines on mental health and psychosocial […]

Video Preview of 553 –The Child Refugee Crisis and Psychology with Michael Wessells

I speak with Dr. Michael Wessells, who is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. He is a long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner who advocates a holistic approach that does not regard all war-affected children as traumatized. http://media.blubrry.com/psychology/p/shrinkrapradio.com/images/553MIkeWesselsRefugeesClip.mp4Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Dr. Dave at The Psychedelic Science Conference

My former M.A. student from the early 70s was at the conference and we met for lunch. He regaled me with amazing stories from his life. For me, that was the highlight of the conference. He had his A/V setup with him and he made this little slide show. No interview this week but I […]

#552 – Recovery From Addictions & Compulsions with Andy Matzner

Andy Matzner, MA, LCSW is a psychotherapist, educator, workshop facilitator and public speaking coach. Since 2005, Andy has been serving the transgender community of Southwest Virginia and beyond as a gender therapist. He also teaches psychology, mental health skills and gender studies at Virginia Western Community College and Hollins University. Prior to his career in […]

Video Preview #552 – Recovery From Addictions & Compulsions with Andy Matzner

I speak with return guest, Andy Matzner LCSW, about using Journaling to recover from addictions and compulive behavior. In fact, we’ll be discussing Matzner’s 2017 book, the subtitle of which is A journaling-based Guide to Becoming Your Best Self and Having A Life Worth Living. http://media.blubrry.com/psychology/p/shrinkrapradio.com/images/552AndyMatznerAddictionClip.mp4Podcast: Play in new window | Download