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Donald Polkinghorne
Donald Polkinghorne, PhD
Consulting Faculty - School of Psychology

Areas of Instruction:

  • Research Design and Methodology

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Qualitative and Narrative Research
  • Statistics and Quantitative Research Design
  • Evaluation Research
  • Philosophy of Social Science

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychological Association (17, 24, 28, and 32)
  • California State Psychological Association
  • Human Science Research Association

Honors and Awards:

  • 2002-present: Member-at-Large, Psychological Association, Division 24
  • 1996-present: Holder of the Fahmy Attallah Ph.D. and Donna Attallah Chair in Humanistic Psychology
  • 2001-2002: Socrates Award, Outstanding Teacher in Rossier School of Education
  • 2002: Award for Distinguished Theoretical and Philosophical Contributions to Psychology, American Psychological Association, Division 24
  • 1993-1994: President, American Psychological Association, Division 24
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Alberta
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, Divisions 17, 24, and 32
  • Lilly Fellow, Scholastic Honors, Yale University
  • National Honor Scholar, Washington University
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honorary
  • Professional Promise Award-California State University


  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (in press). An agenda for the second generation of qualitative studies. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 1(2).
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (in press). Validity and narrative research as social science. The future of narrative research [Special issue] Qualitative Inquiry.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2005). Language and meaning: Data collection in qualitative research. The Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52(2). 137-145.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2004). Practice and the human sciences: The case for a judgment-based practice of care. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2004). Ricoeur, Narrative and personal identity. In C. Lightfoot, C. Lalonde, & M. J. Chandler (Eds.). Changing conceptions of psychological life (49-70). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2004). Narrative therapy and postmodernism. In L. E. Angus & J. McLeod (Eds.). The handbook of narrative and psychotherapy: Practice, theory, and research (pp. 53-67). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Bensimon, E. M., Polkinghorne, D.E., Bauman, G. L., & Vallejo, E. (2004). Doing research that makes a difference. Journal of Higher Education, 75(1), 105-126
  • Bensimon, E. M. & Polkinghorne, D. (2003). The accountability side of equity, Diversity Digest, 7(1,2).
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003). Validaton in physical, organic, and human realms. In J. Lindén & P. Szybek (Eds.). Validation of knowledge claims in human science (11-24): Lyon: L'Interdisciplinaire.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003). Generalization in human science: Issues of external validity. In J. Linden & P. Szybek (Eds.). Validation of knowledge claims in human science (121-149): Lyon: L'Interdisciplinaire.
  • Patriquin, L., Bensimon, E. M., Polkinghorne, D. E., Bauman, G., Bleza, M. G., Oliverex, P., & Soto, M. (2003). Post-tenure review: The disparity between intent and implementation. The review of higher education, 26(3), 275-297.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003). Brentano's Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint. In R. Steinberg (Ed.). The anatomy of impact: What makes the great works of psychology great. (pp. 43-70). Washington, CD: American Psychological Association Press.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003). Forward. In M. McCabe, The paradox of loss: Toward a relational theory of grief: (pp. xi-xiv). Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2001). Self and humanistic psychology. In K. J. Schneider, J. F. T. Bugental, & J. F. Pierson (Eds.). The Handbook of humanistic psychology: Leading edges in theory, research, and practice (pp. 81-99). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2001). Managing payments for psychological care. In B. D. Slife, R. N. Williams, and S. H. Barlow (Eds.). Critical issues in psychotherapy: Translating new ideas into practice (pp. 121-139). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2005, August). Knowledge and practice. Paper presented at the 113th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2005, June). Conceptual understanding and narrative research. Invited paper presented at the DISPUK Institute Conference, Rithymnon, Greece.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2005, May) How to endure in the current culture of higher education: Service, practice, and research. Invited opening address presented at the Annual Meeting of Directors of Occupational Therapy programs. Long Beach, CA.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2005, March). Applying Qualitative Research Findings. Master Class presented at Bournemouth University, Bournemouth England
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2004, August). Practice and the human sciences. Paper presented at the 28th International Congress of Psychology. Beijing, China
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2004, July). Practice of psychotherapy in a technified culture. Paper presented at the 112th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003, December). Narrative research and qualitative analysis. Invited address at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003, December). Qualitative evaluation methods. Invited address at Lund University. Lund, Sweden.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003, December). Narrative configuration and qualitative analysis. Invited address at Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003, November). Doing phenomenological research. Invited address at UmeaUniversity. Umea,Sweden.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003, November). Lived temporality and narrative research. Invited address University of Oslo, Olso, Norway.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003, October). Ricoeur and narrative research. Invited address at Boras University. Boras, Sweden.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003, September). The future of qualitative research. Keynote address at opening of The Center for Qualitative Research, Bournemouth University, England.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003, April). Using a scorecard approach for achieving equitable and excellent student outcomes. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Irvine, CA.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003, March). The diversity scorecard approach: Bringing about equitable and exceptional outcomes through communities of practice, situated, learning, and data driven inquiry. Presentation at the National Convention of the American Association of Higher Education, Washington, D.C.
  • Bensimon, E. M. & Polkinghorne, D. E. (2003, January). Research that makes a difference: Reversing inequities in educational outcomes. Framing Session presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Seattle, WA.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2002, August). Heidegger and the philosophy of psychology: Zollikon Serminars. Invited paper presented at the 110th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, CA.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2002, June). Zollikon Seminars. Workshop presented at the 2002 Advanced Nursing Institute for Heideggerian Hermeneutical Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2001, August). Everyday Knowing and Psychotherapy Practice. Paper presented at the 109th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Polkinghorne, D. E. (2001, July). The new sciences and positive psychology. Keynote address presented at the 28th InterAmerican Congress of Psychology, Santiago, Chile.

Funded Grants/Contracts:

  • 2003-2004: Co-PI, Diversity Scorecard, Irvine Foundation, $1,000,000.
  • 1999-2002: Co-PI, Diversity in Higher Education, Irvine Foundation, $1,200,000.

Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University.

Other Professional Activities:

  • 1993-1994: President, American Psychological Association, Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Division 24.
  • 1990-1992: Co-Chair-Teaching and Research in Qualitative Methods Interest Group, American Psychological Association, Counseling Psychology, Division 17.
  • 1987-1990: Board of Directors, Association for Humanistic Psychology.
  • 1988-1989: Vice President, Association for Humanistic Psychology.
  • 1986: Program Chair, American Psychological Association, Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Division 24.
  • 1982: Program Chair, American Psychological Association, Humanistic Psychology, Division 32.
  • Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Southern California.
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