Douglas Vakoch Ph.D.

Douglas Vakoch, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist whose work ranges from inner space to outer space, and who has edited books with such diverse titles as Psychology of Space Exploration (NASA), On Orbit and Beyond (Springer), Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment (Springer),Women and Nature? (Routledge), and The Drake Equation: Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestrial Life through the Ages (Cambridge University Press). He is president of METI, a nonprofit scientific organization based in San Francisco with the namesake mission of Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence—transmitting powerful, intentional radio signals to nearby stars, in the hope of getting a reply. Through METI, Vakoch also supports the sustainability of human civilization on multigenerational timescales—a prerequisite for a scientific project that could take centuries or millennia to succeed, given the vast distances between the stars.

Vakoch is professor emeritus in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and he has been featured in monthly magazines of the American Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society. He is an elected member of the International Institute for Space Law and the International Astronautical Union.  He serves as general editor of Springer’s Space and Society book series and Lexington Books’ Ecocritical Theory and Practice book series.

He frequently appears in film and television documentaries (, where he explores the hunt for life in the cosmos, including the scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). His expertise includes space exploration, the societal impact of science, and environmental threats to humanity's long-term survival. His work has been featured in such publications as The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe EconomistNatureScienceDer SpiegelWELT, and WIRED, and he has been interviewed on radio and television shows on the  BBCNPRPBSABCThe Science ChannelThe History ChannelArte, and many others. He was featured in the film The Visit, which premiered at Sundance, and in Calling E.T., which had its American premiere at SXSW.

During his years as a professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Vakoch taught clinical courses on conducting psychotherapy from multiple orientations—including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, existential, and Buddhist perspectives. profile:

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