Second Annual Oregon Ecopsychology Symposium Presenters

2016 Presenters to Include:

Thomas J. Doherty, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist who created and helps to direct the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School. Thomas specializes in teaching courses that integrate research on human relationships with the natural world, environmental conservation, and sustainability with modern psychology, counseling and psychotherapy practice. A former wilderness therapy expedition leader, Thomas received his doctoral degree in psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. Thomas was the founding editor of the academic journal Ecopsychology. He is currently president of the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) and served as a member of the APA’s Climate Change Task Force. In addition to his work at Lewis & Clark, Thomas works with individuals and consults with organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He lives in Northeast Portland and with his wife and daughter. 

Trained as a biologist, Rex Burkholder worked as a science teacher and in the Northwestern forests. He started the bicycling revolution in Portland, Oregon as a founder and policy director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. His current project is leading an effort to get kids outside to learn, beginning with restoring Outdoor School for All Oregon children. An early leader in sustainability and equity, Burkholder co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future, bringing together over 100 diverse NGOs in the greater Portland area. He was a member of the Metro Council from 2000-2012, where he led efforts to reform regional transportation policy and to integrate climate change into the decisions of all levels of government in Oregon. He has served on key task forces as well as national boards including Rail~volution and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Recipient of numerous local awards, his work has been recognized internationally as well, being invited to speak in countries throughout Latin America on sustainable transportation and climate change. He was honored in 2010 as a Global Ambassador for Ciclovia, an international movement to reclaim cities from the automobile. His book, The Activist’s Toolkit (2015), is highly praised for it’s creative approach to leadership, helping many around the world be more effective community activists.

Se-ah-dom Edmo is coordinator of the Indigenous Ways of Knowing program at Lewis & Clark College, director for the Oregon Tribal Histories and Sovereignty Curriculum Design Project, and vice president of the Oregon Indian Education Association. Her published works include Tribal Equity Toolkit: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit & LGBT Justice in Indian Country and Identity Wars: A Comparative Ethical Critique of the Debate Over Indian Identity. Her tribal affiliations are Shoshone-Bannock, Yakama, and Nez Perce. 

Joyce Korschgen, M.S., LPC, EAGALA, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Founder/Executive Director of The Center at Heron Hill. Korschgen is an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) trained Equine Assisted Professional (EAP) who has been in private practice for 30 years. Though her main specialty has been the treatment of Eating Disorders, she was inspired to create Heron Hill Arabians 8 years ago and has been working to promote EAP since then. Her more recent collaboration with Lewis and Clarke College has resulted in the development of The Center at Heron Hill: An Equine and Nature Based Therapy and Education Program. Korschgen is also the founder of Alliance Counseling Center, an outpatient eating disorder treatment facility. Joyce is a level one Archery Instructor.

Beth Kuchenreuther, MA, EAGALA founder of Four Winds Coaching, seeks to energize clients and guide them toward greater self-awareness and realization of their fullest potential. Beth’s highly developed coaching and training skills are backed by twenty years of experience in executive leadership, team development, and sales management. She has supported leaders at several levels in developing their operational and personalized action plans, enhancing their effectiveness, and helping them reconnect with their passions and strengths. After earning a MA in Psychology and a BA in Education, Beth was formally trained as a professional coach, and is licensed as a Certified Counselor in WA State. She is an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) trained specialist (Level I and II) and holds both Mental Health and Equine Specialist certifications. Beth designs and conducts coaching and training programs for executive development and organizational teams, and specializes in leadership development, team performance, and employee engagement. Her counseling specializations include women, wellness and workplace issues. Beth utilizes her extensive background and education to challenge and support her clients as they reach outside their current reality and transform their work and life.

David E. Hall, PhD earned his doctorate in Systems Science: Psychology, a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Portland State University (PSU), a BS in Psychology from the University of Oregon, and Permaculture Design Certification in 2012. David’s teaching, research, writing, volunteer work and consulting practice have focused on sustainability as it relates to organizational and community development and the interdependence between human and ecological systems. He directed the Native Perspectives on Sustainability: Voices from Salmon Nation project (see David is a Senior Instructor in Psychology and an Adjunct Professor in Systems Science at PSU.  He appreciates the opportunity to live in this extraordinary bio-cultural region and is humbled by its stories.

Patricia Hasbach, PhD is a private practitioner/owner of Northwest Ecotherapy in Eugene, Oregon; a faculty member at Lewis & Clark College and Antioch University Seattle; and a consultant and trainer on various topics related to the human-nature relationship. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and popular magazines, and she is the co-author of two books published by MIT Press: Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species (2012) and The Rediscover of the Wild (2013). Her recent research that involves showing nature imagery to inmates in solitary confinement was named as one of the “25 Best Inventions in 2014” by Time Magazine.

Pilar Hernandez Wolfe, PhD LMFT is tenured associate professor and teaches in the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program. She is a licensed family therapist and a licensed clinical professional counselor, a clinical member and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. As a consultant, trainer and presenter, she has collaborated with organizations in the U.S., Colombia and México in the areas of clinical supervision, traumatic stress, resilience, organizational diversity and equity, and contextually responsive family therapy.

Dr. Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche-Kiowa), PhD is Professor and Director of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University. His research explores Native American mascots in schools and media, recruiting/retention of Native students in higher education, Indigenous teaching praxis, Indigenous urban and reservation-based teacher education, culturally responsive tribal colleges, transformational Indigenous schools, Indigenous identity (de)construction, Indigenous community-based participatory research methods, and ethnomusicology (digitizing tribal music). Dr. Pewewardy was one the first musicians to win the highly coveted Musical Artist of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storyteller in 1997. Among other musical honors, Cornel has received the Phoenix Award by the Lawrence (KS) Arts Commission’s contribution to music and arts in 1998. He sings Southern Plains powwow songs, composes songs and plays the Native American flute. As a music composer, his songs reveal an interest in the evolution of Southern Plains powwow and gourd dance songs, and over time were shaped by the training of elder tribal singers. Cornel’s music is recorded on Sound of America Records (SOAR), Music of the World, Shortwave Records, and Smithsonian Institute.

Ryan F. Reese, PhD, is a clinical core faculty member and researcher of Counselor Education at Oregon State University Cascades in Bend, Oregon. He is in private practice at EcoWellness Counseling & Consulting LLC where he specializes in the integration of non-human nature into his work with clients. He developed the construct of EcoWellness (Reese & Myers, 2012), an innovative method for researching the wellness-nature connection and integrating the natural environment into counseling assessment and therapy. 

Steve Schein, PhD’s teaching and research focuses on the development of ecological worldviews and ecological self in the context of sustainability leadership. His book “A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership: The Hidden Power of Ecological Worldviews” was published by Greenleaf in 2015. As the sustainability leadership expert-in-residence at the Presidio Graduate School and the founder of the sustainability leadership certificate program at Southern Oregon University, Steve has been developing sustainability related curriculum since 2005. Prior to entering academia, Steve had a 25-year career in the private sector. He is a former CPA and CEO and has international teaching and business experience in South America, Europe, and Asia.  He currently serves of the board of directors at Net Impact and the GEOS Institute.

Gregory Smith is a professor of teacher education in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College.  He has been writing and teaching about environmental and sustainability education since the 1980s.  His research and publishing efforts have focused on finding ways to strengthen the connections that young people experience with their communities and places.  He has written or edited six volumes including Education and the Environment: Learning to Live with Limits (1991), Place-based Education in the Global Age: Local Diversity (with David Greenwood, 2008), and Place- and Community-based Education in Schools  (with David Sobel, 2010).  He makes presentations about place- and community-based education across the United States and internationally.

Christopher Wolsko PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University –Cascades, in Bend. Prior to his position with OSU, he served on the faculty of the University of Oregon, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Ohio State University. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in Social Psychology. After spending the early part of his career studying issues of stereotyping and prejudice, Dr. Wolsko has focused on the sociocultural construction of mental and behavioral health, and on research questions central to ecopsychology – especially as they stem from understanding complex cultural patterns of connection and disconnection between humans and the non-human animate world.

Emily York, MPH coordinates the State of Oregon’s Climate and Health program. Through diverse stakeholder engagement, the program is developing recommendations for how Oregon’s public health system can support and partner with communities to build climate resilience across the state. Aside from her role at the State, she serves as a community facilitator with the Pachamama Alliance and is a board member of the Oregon Farmers Markets Association. In the past, Emily has worked on policy initiatives focused on improving food systems and the built environment, including the Healthy Portland Initiative, and with Depave, the Coalition for a Livable Future, and Garden-Raised Bounty.