Danese, Jeffrey W.

Danese, Jeffrey W.

Lecturer AY-A, Psychology
Lecturer AY-A Humanities


Preferred: jeffrey.danese@sjsu.edu


Preferred: 408/924-6891

Office Hours

Summer Semester 2013 June - July 3 Office Hours Mon, Wed 2:00-4:00 and by Appt. Clark Hall 419F

Couses Taught:

  • Psychology of Religious Experience (PSYC / RELS 130)
  • Religion and Political Controversy in America (RELS / HUM 162)
  • Nature Religion and World Cultures (AMS / ENVS / HUM 159)
  • Religion in America (RELS 191)
  • Science and Religion (HUM 190)
  • General Psychology (PSYC 1)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 110)
  • APA Writing Workshop (PSYC 100W)
  • Western Religions (RELS / HUM 70A)
  • Eastern Religions (RELS / HUM 70B)
  • Personality Theory (PSYC 139)
  • Technology and Society (TECH 198)


  • Master of Arts (MA), University Of California Santa Barbara, 2003
  • Master of Science (MS), Psychology, Eastern Washington Univ, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), History, University of Florida, 1986
  • PhD program Religious Studies, Florida State University, 2007
  • PhD program Human Sciences, Saybrook University, 2012

Licenses and Certificates

  • NCC - Nationally Certified Counselor, California, United States, 1995
  • LPCC - Licensed Practicing Clinical Counselor (Pending), California, United States, 2012


B.A. History and Economics from University of Florida, Gainesville (1986) with Junior Year Abroad in Germany and 2 years of studying, teaching, and traveling in Taiwan, China and SE Asia; M.S. Applied Psychology and Adult Education from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA (1995) with 8 years of clinical practice in Seattle, WA; M.A. Religious Studies and Cognitive Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2002); PhD program in Religious Studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL (2007) specializing in History of Science and Religion, Cognitive Science of Religion, and American Spirituality; PhD program in Human Sciences at Saybrook University in San Francisco, CA (2012) specializing in Moral Psychology, psycho-spiritual practices, and Science Technology & Society. 

International experience includes residency and academic studies in Bonn, Germany; Chinese language training at the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University, teaching English as a second language, and residency in Taipei, Twaiwan; residency and monastic ordination in Thailand at Wat Suon Mok, Surathani; development work and high school teaching in Malole, Zambia; language training in Spanish; travels throughout Southeast Asia, East and South Africa, Egypt, Europe, and South America. 

Current research interests include evolutionary psychology; social and psychological effects of media and technologies, personality, integrity, moral development, working alliance, mindfulness, and mental health interventions, therapies, and counseling.


Teaching Experience

2007 -   : San Jose State University (Religious Studies & Psychology)

1997-2007: Seattle Central Community College (online courses in Psychology)

2003-2007: Florida State University (Religious Studies); Tallahassee Community College (Psychology)