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), Learning Life (Rainor Media, 2015) 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 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, Associate 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.

Angela Wu OMD, LAc, Emerita Faculty

415-750-5050 | Office: 1014 Clement Street, San Francisco

Angela Wu, OMD, LAc is an emerita faculty member of the Holistic Health Studies program. Angela began practicing traditional East Asian medicine over 40 years ago, and has helped a diverse range of patients with her acupuncture, herbology, qigong, and other Chinese healing arts (see Until 2002 she was a long standing member of our team, having initiated the program's Chinese Health Studies track in 1981. Among her many campus and community activities, she organized one of the first HIV/AIDS and Chinese medicine conferences in 1993 and was recognized for her work with HIV/AIDS patients. Angela is the author of Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine can Help Overcome Infertility (Rodale Press), a bestselling title in’s fertility category. In addition to her many years of service, IHHS is deeply appreciative of Angela's support, including the creation of a special fund established to benefit the program mission and its students.


Uma Bhatnagar, DAOM, MAc
Debra Gardener Abarca, MA
Brooke Lavelle, PhD
Jason Mousel, MS, RD
Elyse Shafarman, MS
Cliff Smyth, PhD
Liping Zhu, DAOM, LAc

Department of Health Education

Mary Beth Love, PhD, MPH - Chair

College of Health & Human Services

Alvin Alvarez, PhD - Dean

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