Alan Pope, Ph.D.

Founding Fellow

Alan Pope, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in clinical existential-phenomenological psychology at Duquesne University in 2000 following advanced graduate studies in computer science and artificial intelligence. His understanding of human psychology is also deeply informed by more than twenties years of studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism. Alan’s research generally seeks to elucidate the processes of psychospiritual transformation resulting from suffering (particularly loss) and creative and spiritual practice. His recent studies examine various aspects of Western psychology and culture through the lens of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, with particular interest in the phenomenon of modern consumerism. Alan incorporates contemplative techniques in almost all of his courses, including regular graduate seminars such as Consciousness and Experience, Buddhist Psychology, Psychology of Loss, and Psychology of Meditation. He has published numerous articles and book chapters and is the author of From Child to Elder: Personal Transformation in Becoming an Orphan at Midlife (2006, Peter Lang). He was the 2009 recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 32’s Carmi Harari Early/Mid-Career Award for Outstanding Contribution to Inquiry in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. He is also a Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow.