The Institute for Holistic Health Studies

Our Faculty

Adam Burke PhD, MPH, LAc, Professor & IHHS Director

415-338-1774 | | Office: HSS 327

Adam Burke holds degrees in social psychology and health education from UC Santa Cruz and UCLA, and is a California licensed acupuncturist. Research activities include curricular innovation in the areas of holistic health education, inquiries into meditation and imagery, and cross-cultural studies of traditional medicine. Publications include Self Hypnosis (Crossing Press, 2004) and numerous articles on traditional East Asian medicine. NIH funded research includes an international collaborative study of yoga in Bangalore, India. He has served on the American Public Health Association (APHA) Governing Council, and was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Acupuncture Board. In 2010 he was appointed by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, to the Advisory Council of the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Prior to his work at SFSU, Burke taught at UC Santa Cruz and was the principal of Adam Burke Consulting, offering training in meditation and mind-body skills internationally.

Kenn Burrows MPH, Lecturer

415-338-1897 | | Office: HSS 320

Kenn Burrows has been a Holistic Health faculty member at SF State since 1991. He is founder of The Holistic Health Learning Center. He also serves as faculty advisor for the Holistic Health Internship and the Holistic Health Network, and produces IHHS’s Future of Health Care conference. Prior to coming to SFSU, he taught at Foothill College for twelve years and operated Stress-Care, a corporate training and consulting company. He is presently completing a PhD program in interdisciplinary studies. Primary research and teaching interests include: holistic philosophy (inquiry into the complexity, vitality, beauty and wisdom inherent in nature/whole systems), stress, self-care skills and health care alternatives, narrative analysis, media literacy and new forms of activism, and the evolution of consciousness and cultures which foster nonviolence, creativity and human virtues.

Richard Harvey PhD, Assistant Professor

415-338-3478 | | Office: HSS 318

Richard Harvey has a PhD for the UC Irvine Social Ecology program. His research includes developing stress-reduction interventions which promote psychological courage and hardiness. Before teaching at SFSU he was a research fellow at the UC Irvine Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center for five years, developed and ran the UC Irvine Counseling Center Biofeedback and Stress Management Program, and worked as a Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Research Analyst in Orange County. He is the co-chair of the American Public Health Association, Alternative and Complementary Health Practices Special Interest Group, as well as a board member of the Biofeedback Society of California and the San Francisco Psychological Association. He has published in the areas of biofeedback, stress and computer-related disorders, tobacco cessation, and the psychology of hardiness and courage.

Erik Peper PhD, Professor

415-338-7683 | | Office: HSS 316

Erik Peper has a PhD in Psychology from Union Graduate School, the Union Institute and a BA from Harvard University. He is president of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. An international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation, he has served as a behavioral scientist for the United States Rhythmic Gymnastic team, received the 2004 California Governor’s Safety Award for his work on Healthy Computing, and the 2005 Sheila Adler Award from AAPB for his efforts to support and encourage student participation. He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books, including Biofeedback Mastery, Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer, Make Health Happen Training and De Computermens. He is also the co-producer of weekly Healthy Computing Email Tips. His research interests focus on the psychophysiology of healing, illness prevention, voluntary self-regulation, holistic health, healthy computing, respiratory psychophysiology, and optimizing health with biofeedback.

Jun Wang PhD CMD, Assistant Professor

415-405-2147 | | Office: HSS 327

Jun Wang earned a bachelors degree in traditional Chinese medicine from Beijing Capital Medical School, China and a PhD in medical anthropology from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She conducted postdoctoral research on integrative medicine at the Korean Oriental Medicine School, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea. Her current teaching and research interests are traditional Chinese medicine, East Asian medicines and culture, herbal medicine, body-mind energetics, and integrative medicine. Her major publications include, "Knowing the How but Not the Why: A Dilemma in Contemporary Chinese Medicine" (2010), and a new book "Cultivating Qi: An Introduction to Chinese Body Mind Energetics" by North Atlantic Books (January 2011).


Uma Bhatnagar, MAc, DAOM
Robert Gorter, MD
Sally LaMont, ND, LAc
Servaas Mes, MA
Michael Samuels, MD

Department of Health Education

Mary Beth Love, PhD, MPH - Chair
John Elia, PhD - Associate Chair

College of Health & Human Services

Don Taylor, PhD - Dean

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