Dr Kevin Volkan is a founding faculty member and Professor of Psychology at California State University Channel Islands, where he researches and teaches courses in psychopathology and atypical behaviors, personality theory, as well as Nazi Germany, and Eastern philosophy. He also currently serves on the Graduate Medical Education faculty for the Community Memorial Hospital system in Ventura CA, where he teaches and conducts research with medical residents, and as an adjunct faculty member in California Lutheran University’s clinical psychology doctorate program. 

Professor Volkan holds doctorates in clinical and quantitative psychology, is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health, and a former Harvard Medical School administrator and faculty member. He is a licensed psychologist and considered to be an expert on extreme psychopathologies and has testified before the United States Senate on pathological and dangerous fetishes. Professor Volkan continues to take advantage to his geographical location near Hollywood to appear on television and radio as a psychological expert. 

Influenced by his father, psychoanalyst Vamik Volkan, Professor Volkan’s clinical training and experience is primarily in Object Relations and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He also has a background in Jungian and Archetypal psychologies as well as in Existential psychology, and Applied Behavior Analysis. He recently completed training with Hillman protégé Robert Bosnak in Embodied Imagination which is a neo-Jungian phenomenological and somatic method of dreamwork.

Professor Volkan is the author of Dancing Among the Maenads: The Psychology of Compulsive Drug Use, which is one of the few psychoanalytic works examining drug addiction. He has published a number of papers on psychopathology as well as on psychoanalysis and culture. He currently has a paper on delusional misidentification syndromes in press, papers on schizophrenia, hoarding, and bunker mentality under review, and is finishing up a paper on demonic possession.

Kevin Volkan is also a working musician, playing guitar in two bands that performs in the Los Angeles area, Haunted Robots and Sisterook

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The work of Jungian Analysts Robert Bosnak and Jill Fischer is mentioned in this episode.

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The track at the end of the episode is “A gentle stroll in wonderland” from the album “The larval stage of a bookworm” by Carl Abrahamsson, available from Highbrow Lowlife.

Many thanks to Carl Abrahamsson, who created the intro and outro music for Rendering Unconscious podcast.

Portrait of Professor Kevin Volkan