Dr Alexander De Foe, PhD, MCouns, is a psychology scholar, teacher, and practitioner involved in the study of altered states of consciousness (ASC) as they present at the clinical axis. He earned a doctorate in experimental psychology and masters degree in counselling at Monash University, in 2016 and 2010 respectively. As an early career researcher, he has published over two dozen refereed papers/studies encompassing topics of transpersonal / unity states of consciousness, psychedelic psychotherapy, and determinants of perceptual integration (in feature detection models).
Alex is well-regarded as an academic specialising in theories of consciousness and perception, with strengths in both empirical and theoretical approaches to mind. He has supervised students as principal advisor at PhD, masters, honours, and undergraduate level. Having a strong understanding of foundational academic (critical thinking) and clinical (person-centred care) skills, he has taught within postgraduate and undergraduate streams in classical psychology, transpersonal counselling, and integral psychotherapy degrees.
As a cognitive scientist with fundamental philosophy training in ontology/metaphysics my general worldview is that mind is embodied with specific determinants. Such a worldview is housed in numerous explorations:
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My approach can generally be defined as evolutionary and developmental in scope – considering the evolution of mind/brain across contexts and within people’s lifespan trajectories. Applying emotionally focused (relational field), phenomenological qualia structure, as well as principles drawn from embodied social neuroscience and free energy minimisation models.
I tend to encourage students to develop well-rounded research skills rather than specialising in only one area – these may range from sequential/concurrent mixed methods, narrative research, intuitive inquiry, grounded theory, as well as quantitative methods such as structural equation modelling.
Altered state work across religious and philosophical traditions.
Tools to find your spiritual edge.
Developmental approaches – Erik Erikson, Abraham Maslow, Michael Washburn – transitional / pivotal / threshold life experiences
Navigating levels of reality
Shamanic-symbolic embodied narrative
h5p and dynamic curricula
Design and tools for student engagement
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