Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.


Kirk Schneider

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is the president-elect of the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, recent past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012), cofounder and current president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited 10 books (several of which have been translated into Chinese, Korean, German, Portuguese, Greek, Turkish, Russian, and Slovakian). These books include The Paradoxical Self, Horror and the Holy, The Psychology of Existence (with Rollo May), The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology (with James Bugental and Fraser Pierson—recently updated for a second edition), Rediscovery of Awe, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, Existential-Humanistic Therapy (with Orah Krug—accompanying APA videos also available), Humanity's Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy (with Art Bohart, Barbara Held, and Ed Mendelowitz), Awakening to Awe, and most recently, The Polarized Mind and The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology (with James Bugental and Fraser Pierson—just updated for a second edition.)

Dr. Schneider is the recipient of the Rollo May Award from Division 32 of the APA for "Outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology," the "Cultural Innovator" award from the Living Institute, Toronto, Canada, a psychotherapy training center which bases its diploma on Dr. Schneider's Existential-Integrative model of therapy, and an Honorary Diploma from the East European Association of Existential Therapy. Dr. Schneider is also a founding member of the Existential-Humanistic Institute ( in San Francisco, which in August, 2012 launched one of the first certificate programs in Existential-Humanistic practice to be offered in the U.S.A. The institute is to receive the Charlotte and Karl Buhler Award for an outstanding organizational contribution to humanistic psychology from Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology) of the APA in August, 2016. In April, 2010, Dr. Schneider delivered the opening keynote address at the First International (East-West) Existential Psychology Conference in Nanjing, China, and has frequently been invited to speak at various similar venues in China—as well as Japan--over the last several years. In May of 2015, Dr. Schneider delivered a workshop at Sigmund Freud University, Paris followed by a keynote address at the First World Congress of Existential Psychotherapy in London.

Also, Dr. Schneider lectures frequently throughout the world and has appeared on a variety of television and radio broadcasts. These include PBS TV's Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove, KQED's Forum radio program with Michael Krasne (Listen to the 2013 interview on the EHI Blog and the 2010 Interview on the KQED Forum), New Dimensions Radio with Michael Toms (Check out the interviews here), with Dr. David Van Nuys(listen on iTunes), and KPFA's Spirit in Action radio program with the Reverend Matthew Fox (Listen here on KPFA's website). His books have been favorably reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle, Common Boundary Magazine, Vogue, Tikkun Magazine, the San Francisco Jung Institute Journal, Psychotherapy, The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, the Ernest Becker Foundation Newsletter, and PsycCritiques.

For more information on Dr. Schneider's work please visit

Other Resources: Author Page
The American Psychological Association website - Videos
The Existential-Humanistic Institute website -Articles and on the EHI Blog
The Existential Therapy Resources Blog - Bio, Books and Articles
The Glendon Foundation website blog PsychAlive - Articles and Videos
The Psychology Today website blog [Awakening to Awe Blog -Videos
The Saybrook University website - Profile and The NewExistentialists Blog Articles
Tikkun Magazine website - Articles
Wiki Psychology - Kirk J Schneider profile

View samplings of Dr Schneider's books, videos and media presentations on his website here.

Dr. Schneider's recent book release, The Polarized Mind, is now available through University Professors Press.

Read Dr. Schneider's blog Awakening to Awe at

Full CV available upon request.


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