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California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

San Diego Campus

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Alliant International University San Diego
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego CA 92131


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Proposal Development Group

Dissertation Group

Clinical Consultation Group

Advanced Topics in Psychotherapy: Existential Psychotherapy

Introduction to Integrative Psychology

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior

Resilience; moral/existential development; psychology of spirituality; integrative psychology; health psychology; highly stressed populations (AIDS, cancer, refugees); individual differences; quantitative and qualitative methods

Porter, M. & Gutierrez, V. (2011). Enhancing resilience with culturally competent therapy for same-sex military couples. In Moore, B. (Ed.) Handbook of counseling military couples. New York: Routledge.

Kogan, N., Tucker, J., & Porter, M. (2011). Extending the human lifespan: An exploratory study of pro- and anti-longevity attitudes. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 73, 1-25.

Galek, K., Silton, N.R., Vanderwerker, L.C., Handzo, G.F., Porter, M., Montonye, M.G, & Fleenor, D.W. (2010). To pray or not to pray: Considering gender and religious concordance in praying with the ill. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 16, 42-52.

Galek, K. & Porter, M. (2010). A brief review of religious beliefs in research on mental health and ETAS theory. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 16, 58-64.

Porter, M., & Diefenbach, M.A. (2009). Pushed and pulled: The role of affect and cognition in shaping CAM attitudes and behavior among men treated for prostate cancer. Journal of Health Psychology, 14, 288-296.

Diefenbach, M., Miller, S., Porter, M., Peters, E., Stefanek, M., & Leventhal, H. (2008). Affect and screening for cancer: A self-regulation perspective. In M. Lewis, J.M. Haviland-Jones, L. Feldman-Barrett (Eds.) Handbook of Emotions, 3rd Edition, New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Porter, M., Kolva, E., Ahl, R., & Diefenbach, M. (2008). Changing patterns of CAM use among prostate cancer patients two years after diagnosis: Reasons for maintenance or discontinuation. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 16, 318-324.

Porter, M. (2007). Global evidence for a biopsychosocial understanding of refugee adaptation. Transcultural Psychiatry, 44, 418-39.

Porter, M., & Haslam, N. (2005). Predisplacement and postdisplacement factors associated with the mental health of refugees and internally displaced persons: A meta-analysis. Journal of the American Medical Association, 294, 602-612.

Haslam, N., Porter, M., & Rothschild, L. (2001). Visual search: Efficiency continuum or distinct processes? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 8, 742-746.

Principal Investigator: The Strong Hearts Project: Understanding developmental trajectories among long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS - A cross-cultural examination in the U.S. and Brazil

Funded projects: I am currently PI on two intramurally funded, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects.

Principal Investigator: An acceptance-based treatment targeting treatment decision-making among men recently diagnosed with early stage, localized prostate cancer: Collaborative pilot study of a novel, manualised Third Wave cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy

Academic History and Background

A.B. in French (with highest honors), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1991

M.A. in General Psychology, New School for Social Research, New York City, 1998

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with honors), New School for Social Research, New York City, 2005

New York State Licensed Psychologist: 016674-1, 2005-Present

Professional Practice and Community Service

Alliant International University Curriculum Committee

Alliant International University Comprehensive Examination Committee

Alliant International University Professional Training Committee

Alliant International University International-Multicultural Committee

Peer reviewer: JAMA, The Lancet, Social Science and Medicine, Transcultural Psychiatry, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Psychology Research and Behavior Management, Journal of Health Psychology, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Australian Journal of Psychology.

Organizer, Asking and Telling (Symposium on Psychosocial Challenges Facing LGB Military Servicemembers; received commendation from U.S. Representative Susan Davis, as well as numerous media engagements), Alliant International University

Produced CEU Video: Psychosocial Issues Facing LGB Military Servicemembers, available online through Alliant International University.