David Goodman, Founder, Co-Chair


David Goodman is the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and External Relations in BC's Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Philosophy department in BC’s Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, the Director of Psychology and the Other, and a Teaching Associate at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital. Dr. Goodman has written over a dozen articles on continental philosophy, Jewish thought, social justice, and psychotherapy. Dr. Goodman currently serves as the Series Editor for the Psychology and the Other Book Series with Routledge. He has authored and edited several books including The Demanded Self: Levinasian Ethics and Identity in Psychology(with Duquesne University Press, 2012), Psychology and the Other: A Dialogue at the Crossroad of an Emerging Field (with Mark Freeman and Oxford University Press, 2015), The Ethical Turn: Otherness and Subjectivity in Contemporary Psychoanalysis (with Eric Severson and Routledge, 2016), In the Wake of Trauma: Psychology and Philosophy for the Suffering Other (with Eric Severson and Brian Becker and Duquesne University Press, 2016), The Road to the Living God:  Ana María Rizzuto and the Psychoanalysis of Religion (with Martha Reineke and Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), Critical and Theoretical Perspectives in Psychology: Dialogues at the Edge of American Psychological Discourse(with Heather Macdonald and Brian Becker and Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and Memories and Monsters(with Eric Severson and Routledge, 2017). Dr. Goodman is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.

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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).

Brian Becker, Director of Research

Brian W. Becker is currently Associate Professor of Neuropsychology and Assistant Chair in the Division of Psychology & Applied Therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in geriatric neuropsychology at the West Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Healthcare Center and the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research in the Department of Neurology at UCLA. Dr. Becker is licensed as a clinical neuropsychologist in the state of Massachusetts. His dissertation, entitled Intergivenness: A Phenomenology of Therapeutic Relationships (unpublished), explored the metaphysical assumptions governing the rise of intersubjective theories in psychology, drawing upon Jean-Luc Marion’s phenomenology to offer a post-metaphysical perspective on therapeutic relatedness within the horizon of givenness. His recent research examines the implications of the “theological turn” in French phenomenology for the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. The titles of some of his recent chapter and journal article publications include: A Thought for Giving: Toward an Aneconomic Relational Subjectivity (Journal of Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology, 2014), A Relational-Existential Psychology: Ethics & Embodiment (The Humanistic Psychologist, 2015), and Flight from the Flesh: Freud’s Id and Ego as Saturated Phenomena (chapter in Breach Horizons: The Work of Jean-Luc Marion, forthcoming 2017). He is co-editor with David Goodman and Heather Macdonald for two book volumes: In the Wake of Trauma: Psychology and Philosophy for the Suffering Other (Duquesne, 2016) and Critical and Theoretical Perspectives in Psychology: Dialogues at the Edge of American Psychological Discourse (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2017). Currently, he is working on a co-edited volume with John Panteleimon Manoussaki and David Goodman tentatively entitled: Unconscious Incarnations: The Place of the Body in Phenomenology & Psychoanalysis (Routledge). He enjoys learning languages, playing with his daughter, and contemplating gamma-ray burst, rogue black holes, and the technological singularity.

Cacky Mellor, Creative Director

Cacky is the Creative Director for Psychology and the Other and the Director of Operations for the 2013 and 2015 conferences. Cacky studied art therapy and holistic psychology in undergrad at Lesley University graduating magna cum laude. She received her Masters of Education in art based activism and social entrepreneurship from Lesley's Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences. While working at Boston College, Cacky is pursuing her PhD in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Cacky is also the founder and executive director of The Label Project Inc, a nonprofit that works with schools and educational programs, primarily grade school through college age, to bring awareness to how labels, stereotypes, and bullying impact individual lives. She works to empower people to create positive change for themselves and others. Her current work is centered around the internalization of language, narrative, and trauma on a somatic level and how it effects interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. She is also interested in feminist theory and intergenerational trauma.

Sara Carabbio, Volunteer Coordinator

Sara Carabbio is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Psychology and the Other Conference. She graduated from Lesley University in 2015 with a BA in Art Therapy and a Minor in Psychology. Sara was accepted into William James College in 2015; she is enrolled in their Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program with a concentration in Children and Families of Adversity and Resiliency. Sara obtained her Master’s in Professional Psychology this fall. She has clinical experience in a hospital, community mental health center, therapeutic schools, and an assessment center. Her interests include working with children whom experienced neglect and trauma in respect to the mind/body connection, the history and culture of the field of psychology, as well as how the influence of diagnosis structures human subjectivity.

Abigail Collins, Program Coordinator & Director of Continuing Education

Abigail Collins is on the Steering Committee  of Psychology and the Other and currently serves as the Program Coordinator and Director of Continuing Education. She graduated from Lesley University in 2015 with her BA in Psychology with a Minor in Global Studies and will be completing her Masters Program in Social Work at Boston College this Spring, 2019. She recently worked as the Day Program Coordinator at the Home For Little Wanderer’s Roxbury House Group Home and is currently a research affiliate for the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College. Abigail is currently interested in a variety of topics including social justice, narrative psychology, and the embodiment of conscious and unconscious traumas. Her current work revolves around the concept of narcissistic wounds and our ability to be an authentic witness to suffering.

Adeline Dettor


Adeline is honored to be a member of the Psychology and the Other Steering Committee.  Adeline is an undergraduate student at Lesley University, with plans to graduate with a BS in Counseling and a BA in Global Studies in May 2015.  She is particularly focused on the interaction between the policy and practice of social work and counseling, particularly in global contexts.  Her research interests pertain to this area and more specifically to family policy and domestic violence.  Her perspectives are informed via cognitive behavioral psychology, humanistic and holistic psychology, the study of globalization, and recognition of socioeconomic realities.

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