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Kevin Volkan

Professor, Psychology

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MPH Family & Community Health / Quantitative Methods, Harvard Unviersity, 1998
PhD Clinical Psychology, Center for Psychological Studies, 1991
EdD Educational & Counseling Psychology, Northern Illinois University, 1987
MA Psychology, Sonoma State University, 1984
Certificate Italian Language, L'Universita per Stranieri Perugia,IT, 1981
BA Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, 1981


Dr. Kevin Volkan is a psychologist, writer, and educator with over thirty years of clinical, corporate, and academic experience. He currently serves Professor of Psychology at CI and was one of the founding faculty of the university.

Dr. Volkan teaches a number of different courses ranging from Asian philosophy to atypical psycho-pathologies. He is best known for his PSY 344 Psychology & Traditional Asian Thought, PSY 473 Bizarre Behaviors and Culture-Bound Syndromes, and HIST-PSY 340 History & Psychology of Nazi Germany courses, which are some of the most popular classes at CSUCI.

Before coming to CSUCI, Dr. Volkan was a faculty member and Director of Assessment at Harvard Medical School where he researched ways to measure medical student and physician performance. While at Harvard, Dr. Volkan also taught for the prestigious Harvard-Macy Institute, a joint program run by the Harvard Business, Education, and Medical schools. In this program he taught medical students and physicians from Harvard as well as from all over the world.

Dr. Kevin Volkan is a licensed psychologist. He holds two doctorates in psychology, is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health, and a former Harvard Medical School faculty member. Dr. Volkan is considered to be an expert on extreme psychopathologies and has testified before the United States Senate on pathological and dangerous fetishes. He has recently appeared on television as a psychological expert – most recently for the show Taboo on the National Geographic Network and for the show Forbidden on the Discovery Science Network.

Dr. Volkan has practiced clinical psychology as a staff psychologist in a state hospital and in private practice. In addition to clinical training in psychoanalytic/object relations psychotherapy he has training and experience with applied behavior analysis, existential/humanistic psychotherapy, and Jungian psychology. Dr. Volkan’s clients included a diverse population of people representing a wide variety of socioeconomic strata and psychological distress. He has worked with people suffering from neuroses and personality disorders as well individuals suffering from profound autism, psychoses, self-injurious behavior, and organic brain injury. Dr. Volkan was awarded the Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award from the State of California for his clinical work.

Dr. Volkan grew up in Northern California and is an alumnus of both the University of California and California State University systems.

Representative Courses Taught

  • PSY 473 Bizarre Behavior and Culture-Bound Syndromes
  • PSY 340 History & Psychology of Nazi Germany



Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology, Psychoanalysis, Nazi Germany, Eastern Philosophy & Religion

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