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Valerie Malhotra Bentz
Valerie Malhotra Bentz, PhD, MSSW
Doctoral Faculty - School of Human & Organizational Development
Associate Dean, HOD, 1991-1999
Carpinteria, CA

MSSW University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PhD, Southern Illinois University, 1975


Areas of Instruction:

  • Human Development and Consciousness
  • Society, Culture and Systems
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Somatics
  • Social Theory and Practice
  • Vedantic-Yogic Thought

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Somatics
  • Phenomenology
  • Critical Theory
  • Environmental Studies
  • Music and Consciousness
  • Praxis, Vedantic Thought
  • Creative Longevity and Wisdom
  • Childhood Experience and Adult Life for Women and Men
  • Spiritual Development
  • Creative Writing.

Professional Memberships:

  • Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences
  • Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
  • American Sociological Association.
Certifications and Credentials:
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas, 1980-1996
  • Certified Social Worker—Advance Clinical Practitioner, Texas, 1980-1996.
  • Certified Advanced Massage Therapist, Body Therapy Institute, Santa Barbara,California.
  • Certified Yoga Teacher, Integrative Yoga Therapy Institute, Initiate, Vedanta Society of Southern California.

Honors and Awards:

  • Lillian Dean Award—First Place for Novel, 2010 Central Coast Writer’s Conference
  • Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, Contemplative Practice—2005
  • Social Justice Award, Fielding Graduate University, 2002
  • Honored Scholar, Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, 1999
  • Faculty Publication Awards, Fielding Graduate University, 1996, 1998
  • Faculty Research Awards, Fielding Graduate University, and Texas Woman’s University, 1982-1984


  • Rehorick, David, and Valerie Malhotra Bentz, editors, Transformative Phenomenology: Changing Ourselves, Lifeworlds and Professional Practice (2008) Latham, Maryland, Lexington Books, a division of Rowan and Littlefield.)
  • Bentz, Valerie, Dudley Tower, and Katrina Rogers, editors, 2007, Creative Longevity and Wisdom, Collected Papers. www.
  • Bentz, Valerie Malhotra and Jeremy J. Shapiro.(1998) Mindful Inquiry in Social Research.  Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
  • Bentz, Valerie Malhotra., & Mayes, P. (Eds.). (1993). Visual images of women in the arts and mass media. Mellon Press.
  • Bentz, Valerie Malhotra. (1989). Becoming mature: Childhood ghosts and spirits in adult life. New York: Transaction.


  • Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Rochester, New York, November 2012, with David Rehorick on transformative phenomenology
  • Swami Vivekanada's Message for World Peace: Talk at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Cambria, CA., February, 2012

Funded Grants/Contracts:

  • Becoming Mature: Childhood Ghosts and Spirits in Adult Life, Follow-up and Replicative Study, 2010, Fielding Research Grant

Professional Experience:

  • Research Faculty, Saybrook University, 2011-2012
  • Research Professor, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, 2005-2008
  • Chair of Doctoral Faculty, School of Human and Organization Development, 2004-2008
  • Professor, School of Human and Organization Development, The Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA, 1999-present
  • Mind Body Medicine Program

Other Professional Activities:

  • Yoga Teacher
  • Body Therapist
  • Lecturer
  • President of Democratic Club and Program Chair
  • Board Member, Greenspace, the Cambria Land Trust
  • Speaker at Organizations on Environmental Issues and Issues of Creative Aging
  • Musician (bassoonist and pianist).
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