Journal of Humanistic Psychology

Journal of Humanistic Psychology

2014 Impact Factor: 0.267
2014 Ranking: 116/129 in Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

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eISSN: 1552650X| ISSN: 00221678|Current volume: 55|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

The Journal of Humanistic Psychology is an interdisciplinary forum for contributions, controversies and diverse statements pertaining to humanistic psychology. It addresses personal growth, interpersonal encounters, social problems and philosophical issues.

An international journal of human potential, self-actualization, the search for meaning and social change, the Journal of Humanistic Psychology was founded by Abraham Maslow and Anthony Sutich in 1961. It is the official journal of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and maintains a close connection with the Saybrook Institute where Thomas Greening, JHP's former editor, is a member of the faculty. You can visit the Saybrook Institute's web site at

Expand Your Horizons

The articles and features in JHP bring you the best of current scholarship covering a wide range of topics, such as: Authenticity • Community-building • Confluent education • Consciousness • Creativity • Existential psychotherapy • Holistic healing and learning • Humanistic politics • Humanistic psychotherapy • Human science research • Identity • I-Thou encounters • Love • Peace and mediation • Personal Growth • Self-actualization • Self-transcendence • Spiritual development • Synergy • Values

A Multifaceted View of the Field

The Journal of Humanistic Psychology explores the many facets of humanistic psychology through a variety of features, including experiential reports, analyses of contemporary culture, theoretical papers, personal essays, poetry, research studies emphasizing human scientific methods, and applications of humanistic psychology.

Easty-to-Use Annual Index

For fast, easy reference, the last issue of each volume of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology includes an index of articles and authors.

Influential Scholars

Notable contributors to the Journal of Humanistic Psychology have included James F T Bugental, Abraham Maslow, Rollo May, Carl Rogers, Clark Moustakas, Huston Smith, Brewster Smith, Ken Wilber, Kirk Schneider, Louise Sundararjan, Ilene Serlin, Louis Hoffman and Brent Dean Robbins. 

Thematic Issues and Sections

The Journal of Humanistic Psychology occasionally supplements its broad coverage with in-depth studies of topics of particular interest. Recent Special Issues and Special Sections include: International Developments in Humanistic Psychology • In Honor of Jim Bugental • Rollo May • Carl Rogers-The Man and His Ideas • Dialogue • Trauma and Transcendence • Leary, Drugs, Learning and Reality • The Growing Edge in Humanistic and Experiential Therapies

Special Issue on William James and the Humanistic Revolution: Scholars Look Back and Ahead a Century After His Death (September 2010)

William James, the preeminent philosopher and psychologist, played a founding and fostering role for the humanistic-transpersonal vision within psychology, as well as many other specialties within psychology. The September 2010 issue of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology celebrates the centennial of James’ ground-breaking insights and reexamines his continuing influence on issues in contemporary psychology. Articles assess topics such as measuring the effectiveness of therapy, addiction recovery through programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous; the complexity and essential spirit of humanity, and the relevance of James’s pluralism, pragmatism, and radical empiricism for the neurosciences. This important issue is a must-read for everyone interested in the foundations of science!

The Journal of Humanistic Psychology publishes experiential reports, theoretical papers, personal essays, research studies with an emphasis on human science methods, applications of humanistic psychology, humanistic analyses of contemporary culture, and occasional poems. Topics of special interest are authenticity, identity, personal growth, self-actualization, self-transcendence, I-Thou encounters, existential and humanistic psychotherapy, community building, humanistic politics, synergy, creativity, holistic learning and healing, values, and love. The journal is a forum for diverse statements about humanistic psychology, including criticisms.

Senior Consulting Editor
Kirk J. Schneider Vice President, Existential-Humanistic Institute; Adjunct Faculty, Saybrook University and the Columbia University, Teachers College; and Senior Consulting Editor, Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Associate Editors
Psychotherapy Editor
David Cain Chapman University, USA
Research Editor
Douglas MacDonald University of Alberta, Canada
International Editor
Thomas Greening Psychological Services Association
Edward Hoffman Four Worlds Press, New York
Editorial Board
Christopher Aanstoos State University of West Georgia
Will W. Adams Duquesne University
Marc Applebaum Saybrook University, USA
Kyle Arnold Kings County Hospital
Ken Bradford  
Jeffrey A. Bricker The Ohio State University, USA
Sara K. Bridges The University of Memphis, USA
Daniel Burston Duquesne University
John Christopher Dartmouth College
Thomas F. Cloonan  
Allan Combs  
Erik Craig  
Eleanor Criswell Sonoma State University
Roy J. deCarvalho University of North Texas, Denton, USA
Eugene M. DeRobertis Brookdale College
Miraj U. Desai Yale University School of Medicine
Stephen Diamond  
Todd DuBose The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
David Elkins Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
James Fadiman Esalen Institute
Susi Ferrarello Saybrook University
Constance T. Fischer Duquesne University, Petersburg, PA
Harris Friedman University of Florida
John Galvin, Ph.D.  
Arthur Giacalone Institute of Contemplative Studies
Gerald Goodman UCLA
Steen Halling Seattle University
Barbara S. Held Bowdoin College
Ed Hoffman Four Worlds Press, New York
Dennis Jaffe Saybrook Graduate School
Sarah R. Kamens Fordham University
Kevin Keenan  
Robert Kramer American University, Washington DC
Stanley Krippner Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, USA
Bia Labate CIEASAS Occidente
Alfried Längle Higher School of Economics, Dept. of Psychology, Moscow
Larry M. Leitner  
Kristopher Lichtanski Saybrook University
Amanda Lowe Mercy Behavioral Health, Pittsburgh, PA
Salvatore Maddi  
Edward Mendelowitz  
Shoji Muramoto  
Maureen O'Hara National University, La Jolla, CA
J. Fraser Pierson Southern Oregon University
Donald Polkinghorne University of Southern California
Kaisa Puhakka Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto
Jon Raskin SUNY New Paltz
Donadrian Rice University of West Georgia
Ruth Richards Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, USA
Linda Riebel  
Brent D. Robbins PhD Point Park University, USA
Donna Rockwell Saybrook University, USA
Ilene Serlin Saybrook University, USA
David St. John Michigan School of Professional Psychology
Louise Sundararajan  
Rochelle V. Suri ISPS
Stephan Tobin Los Angeles, CA, USA
Pratyusha Tummala-Narra Boston College
Paul Wong Saybrook University
Wang Xuefu Zhi Mian Insitute for Psychotherapy
Mark Yang Zhi Mian International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology
Distinguished Past Editors
Walter Truett Anderson Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center; NTL Institute, USA
Arthur Bohart California State University, Dominquez Hills
Carroy Ferguson  
Amedeo Giorgi Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, USA
Stanislav Grof Esalen Institute
Althea Horner Pasadena, CA
Rabbi Michael Lerner  
David A. Levy  
David Lukoff Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center; NTL Institute, USA
Michael Murphy Esalen Institute
John Rowan Private Practice
Huston Smith Fordham University
Ken Wilber Boulder, Colorado
Deceased Editors
Joe K. Adams  
Andras Angyal  
Heinz Ansbacher University of Vermont, USA
Mike M. Arons West Georgia State University
Myron M. Arons  
Roberto Assagioli  
David Bakan York University, Canada
James F. T. Bugental Stanford University School of Medicine
Jim Bugental  
Charlotte Buhler  
Hadley Cantril  
Haridas Chaudhuri  
Arne Collen Saybrook Graduate School
Arthur Deikman School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Viktor Frankl  
Willard Frick  
Maurice Friedman San Diego State University, California
Kurt Goldstein  
Willis Harman  
Robert Hartman  
Aldous Huxley  
Sidney Jourard  
Abraham Kaplan  
Arthur Koestler  
George Leonard  
John L. Levy Mill Valley, CA
Alvin Mahrer University of Ottawa, Canada
Abraham Maslow  
Fred Massarik UCLA
Rollo May  
Will Mcwhinney Enthusion Inc, Venice, CA
Donald Michael  
Clark Moustakas Michigan School of Professional Psychology
Lewis Mumford  
Henry Murray  
Alan Nelson  
David L. Rennie York University
Carl Rogers  
Koji Sato  
Al Siebert  
M. Brewster Smith University of California-Santa Cruz
E. Mark Stern Iona College
Anthony Sutich  
Thomas Szasz State University of New York, Syracuse, NY
Robert Tannenbaum  
Eugene Taylor Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center; NTL Institute, USA
Art Warmoth Sonoma State University
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    Book with place of publication--Airey, D. (2010). Logo design love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.

    Book with editors & edition--Collins, C., & Jackson, S. (Eds.). (2007). Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society. South Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.

    Book with author & publisher are the same--MidCentral District Health Board. (2008). District annual plan 2008/09. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Author.

    Chapter in an edited book--Dear, J., & Underwood, M. (2007). What is the role of exercise in the prevention of back pain? In D. MacAuley& T. Best (Eds.), Evidence-based sports medicine (2nd ed., pp. 257-280). Malden, MA: Blackwell.


    Journal article with more than one author (print)--Gabbett, T., Jenkins, D., & Abernethy, B. (2010). Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(6), 578-583.

    Journal article – 8 or more authors-- Crooks, C., Ameratunga, R., Brewerton, M., Torok, M., Buetow, S., Brothers, S., … Jorgensen, P. (2010). Adverse reactions to food in New Zealand children aged 0-5 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from

    Internet Sources:

    Internet – no author, no date--Pet therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from htttp://

    Internet – Organisation / Corporate author-- SPCA New Zealand. (2011). Your dog may be dying from the heat [Press release]. Retrieved from

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    Act (statute / legislation)--Copyright Act 1994. (2011, October 7). Retrieved from

    Blog post--Liz and Ellory. (2011, January 19). The day of dread(s) [Web log post]. Retrieved from

    Brochure / pamphlet (no author)--Ageing well: How to be the best you can be [Brochure]. (2009). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

    Conference Paper--Williams, J., &Seary, K. (2010). Bridging the divide: Scaffolding the learning experiences of the mature age student. In J. Terrell (Ed.), Making the links: Learning, teaching and high quality student outcomes. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 104-116). Wellington, New Zealand.

    DVD / Video / Motion Picture (including Clickview&Youtube)--Gardiner, A., Curtis, C., & Michael, E. (Producers), &Waititi, T. (Director). (2010). Boy: Welcome to my interesting world [DVD]. New Zealand: Transmission.

    Magazine--Ng, A. (2011, October-December). Brush with history. Habitus, 13, 83-87.

    Newspaper article (no author)--Little blue penguins homeward bound. (2011, November 23). Manawatu Standard, p. 5

    Podcast (audio or video)--Rozaieski, B. (2011). Logan cabinet shoppe: Episode 37: Entertainment center molding [Video podcast]. Retrieved from

    Software (including apps--UBM Medica.(2010). iMIMS (Version1.2.0) [Mobile application software].Retrieved from

    Television programme--Flanagan, A., &Philipson, A. (Series producers & directors).(2011). 24 hours in A & E [Television series]. Belfast, Ireland: Channel 4.

    Thesis (print)--Smith, T. L. (2008). Change, choice and difference: The case of RN to BN degree programmes for registered nurses (Master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Thesis (online)--Mann, D. L. (2010). Vision and expertise for interceptive actions in sport (Doctoral dissertation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Retrieved from

    Non-English reference book, title translated in English

    Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lenguaespanola [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nded.). Madrid, Spain: Author

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