Dr. Susanne Fest is the Social Science Concentration Chair for the IMA Program at Antioch University Midwest. She has designed and taught graduate courses in Qualitative Research, Human Development, Cultural Psychology, Ecopsychology, Academic Writing and Curriculum Design, among others. She enjoys the individualized mentoring process, which is at the heart of the IMA program.
Dr. Fest obtained her doctorate in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. Before coming to AUM, she held appointments as Research Associate with the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, CT, and the Yale Child Study Center, New Haven. Dr. Fest holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist and consultant in a variety of academic, private and non-profit organizations. She has presented her research at national and international conferences. For the last several years, Dr. Fest has become interested in ecopyschology, sustainability and living mindfully. In 2009, she took up residency on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest, and has become involved in curriculum design initiatives that look at the connection between contemplative practices and sustainability. She is engaged in a variety of writing projects related to the topics above.