Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D.
Cassandra Vieten, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, mind-body medicine researcher, author, consultant, and public speaker. She is the Executive Director of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation. Founded by Victor and Lynne Brick, in honor of Victor’s brother John who suffered from schizophrenia, the Brick Foundation funds and promotes empirical research on fitness, nutrition, and mind-body approaches to foster mental health, and to better prevent and treat mental illness.
Cassi is also Director of Research and Development at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and an Associate Research Scientist in the Division of Physical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. The Clarke Center advances understanding of the phenomenon of imagination and its practical applications. We research, enhance, and enact the gift of human imagination by bringing together the inventive power of science and technology, with the critical analysis of the humanities, and the expressive insight of the arts. And, we work to develop more effective ways of using imagination to cultivate public engagement with the big questions of our time, to improve education and learning, and to enhance the application of imagination in meeting humanity’s challenges. Cassi also serves as the Clinical Psychology Director of the Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative (PHRI) at UCSD
Cassi is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), founded by Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, where she worked for 18 years. She served as CEO/President from 2013-2016 and President from 2016-2019. The mission of IONS is revealing the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal discovery, creating a more just and thriving world. In addition to her contributions to the overall mission, vision, strategic direction, financial health, board and staff development, and activities of the organization, she headed up several initiatives including Mindful Motherhood, Living Deeply and the Transformation Project, and the Future of Meditation Research Project.
Her current research projects focus on establishing training guidelines for spiritual and religious competencies for mental health professionals, developing tools and experiences designed to induce perspective shifts that change people’s worldviews, and training progressive change agents and political activists to be more effective.