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John Chirban, PhD, T

JOHN CHIRBAN, PhD, ThD, is clinical instructor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and professor of psychology and chairman of the Program in Human Development at Hellenic College. In 2003, he was named 40th Anniversary Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University and serves on the core faculty of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at The Cambridge Health Alliance. He is the author of two weekly blogs for Psychology Today, one on spirituality, "Alive Inside," and one on parenting, "The Age of Un-innocence." Dr. Chirban authored several successful books, including both Holistic Healing in Byzantium and True Coming of Age: A Dynamic Approach that Leads to Emotional Well-Being, Spiritual Growth, and Meaningful Relationships. He also wrote Spiritual Discernment and Differential Diagnosis and Interviewing in Depth: The Interactive-Relational Approach for clinicians to bridge the gap between healing, therapy, and spiritual transformation.

As a guest on numerous radio and television shows, Dr. Chirban has conducted psychohistories with major leaders of our times, in addition to working with thousands of students and patients over 30 years as a psychologist and professor. He appears frequently on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, and he has served on Dr. Phil's Advisory Board since its inception. His special interest is integrative studies in medicine, psychology, and religion and is currently the primary investigator on a national study on children of divorce. A licensed clinical psychologist in California and Massachusetts, he is director of Cambridge Counseling Associates.