Professor

Biography

Alan Pope earned his Ph.D. in clinical existential-phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University in 2000. His study of psychology followed advanced graduate work in computer science and artificial intelligence at the University of Delaware. It also coincided with ongoing (since 1991) study and practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Drawing on these rich training experiences, Alan seeks to articulate an approach to psychology as a contemplative science (vis-à-vis natural science or human science) which relies upon rigorous contemplative practice and philosophical reflection. Within this framework, his research generally aims to bring rapprochement between contemporary psychological theory and ancient contemplative wisdom. Alan’s current research projects include development of a contemplative metapsychology and the theoretical explication of the transformative potential of grief. His courses include Consciousness and Experience, Buddhist Psychology, Eastern and Transpersonal Psychologies, Psychology of Loss, Death and Dying, and Psychology of Meditation. He is the author of From Child to Elder: Personal Transformation in Becoming an Orphan at Midlife (2006, Peter Lang). Alan 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 and is a Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow. He lives with his wife, Shu-chin Wu, a history professor at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta.