Wendy Peters, PhD
Originally from Hawaii, Dr. Peters is Native Hawaiian and has a diverse background as an author, researcher, educator, and small business consultant. Specializing in both human and cultural development, Peters’ work is concerned with the bio-psycho-social determinants of Native health disparities and the challenges of Multiculturalism as they relate to U.S. minority interests. Her background, interests, and experience are interdisciplinary and include topics such as race and ethnicity, transpersonal/humanistic psychology, integral philosophies, systems/complexity science, and integrative health and healing practices that incorporate traditional Indigenous knowledge. She also has a special interest in the practice and application of integrative medicine that takes a holistic, patient-centered approach to wellness and wellbeing.
Peters earned her MA and PhD in Psychology from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in Palo Alto, CA. A highly engaged member of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Peters is currently the President of APA Division 35: Section 6: Alaska Native/American Indian/Indigenous Women and sits on the APA’s Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA).
She is the author of The Indigenous soul wounding: Understanding culture, memetics, complexity and emergence in American multicultural studies diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality (Sage, 2012); Native American medicine: The implications of history and the embodiment of culture in Multicultural approaches to health and wellness in America (ABC-CLIO, 2014); Psychological practice with Native women in Psychological Practice with Women: Respecting Diversity and Fostering Empowerment (APA Press, 2014); and Indigenous women and wisdom: An eternal chain of being in Religion and Spirituality for Diverse Women (ABC-CLIO, 2014).