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863 Del Mar Downs Road, B Solana Beach, CA


James Spira, Ph.D., is Director of the Institute for Health Psychology in San Diego, and directs the Program in Health Psychology, Naval Medical Center, San Diego.  he received his doctorate and MPH from the University of California at Berkeley, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychiatry at Stanford, and was on the faculty at Duke University, where he directed the Program in Health Psychology.  He is author of, Group Psychotherapy for Medically Ill Patients (Guilfor, 1997), Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder (Jossey-Bass, 1996), and Group Psychotherapy for Women with Breast Cancer (American Psychological Association Press, 2003).  He has written several treatment manuals for group psychotherapy for cancer patients and many chapters and articles in the are of health psychology.  In addition he produced a Videotape and Manual for Persons with Psychological and Medical Disorders. (Duke University, 1994).  Dr. Spira has conducted research and has lectured worldwide on the role of meditation for psychological and medical disorders, and has been a serious student of Zen Meditation since 1970 and Tao Chi Chuan since 1977, including several years in a Rinzai Zen monastery.  Since 1998, Dr. Spira has hosted an online discussion about Medication in Psychoterapy at Behavior OnLine.

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