Michael Mookie Manalili, Co-Chair
Mookie hopes to better orient the complexity of our experiences towards responsibility.
He received degrees in the fields of civil engineering (BSE) from Loyola Marymount University, theological pedagogy (MA) from the University of Notre Dame, and theological studies (MTS) & clinical social work with a certification in social research (MSW) from Boston College. In terms of professional roles, Mookie is a program coordinator in BC's Lynch School of Education Professional and Continuing Education series, which houses the budding Psychological Humanities and Ethics initiatives. Additionally, he is a research assistant in BC's Morality Lab, which uses behavioral measures and neuroimaging to better understand social cognition and moral judgment. In terms of therapeutic practice, Mookie currently practices psychotherapy, by blending a narrative-based (White and Epston), meaning-oriented (Frankl), mindfulness-grounded, culturally-sensitive, and neuroscience-informed style. In terms of research, Mookie is interested in uniting methods from psychology, philosophy, theology, neuroscience, and psychotherapy. After he acquires his LICSW, Mookie hopes to pursue doctoral studies in the field of social neuroscience.
By integrating multidisciplinary studies to engage life's questions, Mookie hopes we can better dialogue on ethics, morality, and responsibility. He hopes his research can dive into the mysteries of our world - not merely for knowledge alone, but to empower those who suffer most. Mookie hopes to better our society: for our siblings who suffer injustices... for the widow, orphan, and stranger... and for our children and their friends, for a future beyond ourselves. (When he has downtime from these meaningful projects, Mookie does enjoy playing basketball, teaching boxing, cooking restaurant food, reading in a hammock, and trading stories over tea/whiskey with good friends).