Daniel Gaylinn

Daniel L. Gaylinn, Ph.D. is a psychological assistant under the supervision of Dr. Serlin, a media maker, research scientist, author, and educator. He serves as the Executive Director for the internationally recognized professional Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP), where he oversees the publication of the world’s premier peer-reviewed Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, and annual transpersonal psychology conferences.

Daniel GaylinnTopics of these conferences include the elucidation of ultimate states (also described as peak experiences, being-states, altered states, non-ordinary states, or mystical states) of consciousness, ecology, psychotherapy, spirituality, meditation, thananology, mythology, shamanism, parapsychology, epistemology, and the critical paths of wisdom whose aims facilitate the personal, social, cultural, and communal integration and transformation towards peace, harmony, and sustainability.

Dan was born in New York, NY and grew up in the suburbs in northern NJ. From a very early age, Dan cultivated a keen affinity for many forms of media entertainment, including mainstream releases as well as the many vintage and foreign programs he had the good fortune of learning. This made him the resident ‘expert’ on various media among his close family and friends. During his years at the Mercersburg Academy, a boarding high school in PA, Dan completed a total of seven short films on 35 millimeter film as part of the courses he completed at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and at the School of Communications at Northwestern University in IL. From these experiences, Dan recognized the collaborative effort that filmmaking entails and, as a result, the critical need for all involved to understand why to point the camera, even more importantly than knowing how to point the camera.

This recognition lead Dan to pursue his Bachelors of Arts degree from Oberlin College in OH in 2001, where he developed an interdisciplinary independent major entitled, “The Psychology of Film: How Film and Communication Effect Behavior and Belief.” In the course of his self-designed study of such wide-ranging subjects as psychology, cinema, linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, visual arts, mathematics, and others, Dan discovered an intrinsic connection between that which is perceived by the senses and that which is believed by the heart and mind. Inspired to pursue this inquiry more deeply, Dan continued his education, earning a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology in 2005 and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2009.

Dr. Gaylinn’s doctoral research explored the comparative effects of two mediated methods of delivering guided relaxation (e.g., audio and video) on stress with adolescents with that of a live (e.g., in vivo) presentation. This study revealed that all three methods of delivering the guided relaxation were each equally and significantly effective at reducing the participants’ reports of stress with no one method being demonstrably more effective than any other. Such results indicate the viability of efficient and economical methods of implementing audio and video interventions as clinical adjuncts in service of the treatment of various mental disorders. Although such research is sparse and the need for replication and follow-up studies is great, the promise of what Dr. Gaylinn calls “Media Assisted” psychotherapy is becoming an authentic reality whose potential, alongside fully immersive digital media experiences, is nothing short of revolutionary.

While in graduate school, Dan founded the Authentic Unifying Media production company in 2005 as part of his collaboration in the writing, production, and direction of a 40-minute contemplative documentary film entitled, “In the Heart of the Deathless,” that explored intimate portraits of individuals who discovered a rich depth of vitality through a direct confrontation with mortality. This film continues to inspire and awaken individuals who gain the rare privilege of its viewing.

At present, Dr. Gaylinn is preparing to get his license to practice as a clinician by doing psychological testing and assessments in a juvenile hall. He also works as an art therapist in an addictions clinic where he is continually awed by his clients’ ability to create visual art that is at once connected with and transcendent of that which is so infused with their addiction and recovery. Dr. Gaylinn is preparing follow-up studies to his doctoral research by which clients at a mental health center will be treated to various media experiences as adjunctive to the ongoing psychotherapeutic interventions they receive. He is in communication about co-editing a textbook on the uses of “socially responsible” forms of media and is a close advisee of a nationally-recognized media psychologist and cinema consultant.

Dan lives on the peninsula, south of San Francisco and enjoys the lush beauty and grandeur of his life in California.