Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. DHL. graduated from Australia’s Queensland University with degrees in psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and medicine, and then came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. He is now at the University of California at Irvine where he is professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology, as well as a professor in the religious studies program.
Roger’s research and writings span several areas. These include the nature of psychological health and wellbeing, meditation and contemplative practices, religion and spirituality, wisdom and other virtues, integral studies, and the psychological roots of our current global crises. He is deeply immersed in contemplative practices as a student, researcher, and teacher.
Roger’s books include Paths Beyond Ego (one of Common Boundary’s “Most Influential Books”), Meditation: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives (“Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award”), Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices with a foreword by The Dalai Lama, and The World of Shamanism. He is currently editing The World’s Great Wisdom: What Sages Say about Living Wisely and Well.
Awards: Collectively, Roger’s writings and research have received over two dozen national and international awards and honors, while his teaching has received one national and six university awards. He recently received the University of California at Irvine’s Distinguished Writer Award.
In his other lives, Roger was formerly a circus acrobat, as well as a record holder in high diving and trampolining. Recently, he graduated from the San Francisco Comedy College and tried his hand, rather unsuccessfully, at stand-up comedy. He is married to the psychologist Frances Vaughan and together they have coauthored several books.
Intersections in Time that changed my Life, by Marj
Roger’s writing about the paths of transformation in A Course in Miracles first penetrated my soul when I was the minister of Unity of Walnut Creek in the late 1980’s. Several years later in reading the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, I found out about his convening a semester class with his doctoral students at UC Irvine, where he teaches, to deeply study the pre-publication manuscript of Sex, Ecology and Spirit for his close friend, Ken Wilber.
By that time I was the new minister at Unity of Tustin, near Irvine, CA. I wrote Roger a letter and asked if it might be possible for me to be part of it and told him why I thought I would be a perfect addition. He responded…Yes! Ken wanted feedback on the manuscript before it was published… It was an incredible time.