Positions Held
Meditation Coach and spiritual guide: Private consultation in spiritual practices, yoga and meditation provided on a donation basis, wedding officiation, psychological consultation and clinical supervision.
(February 2017 to date.)

Licensed Psychologist: Private practice, independently and with Northland Therapy Center. (5/85 to 1/31/17.) Since 4/93 a partner in Northland's management company, Midtown Management Inc., serving as director of marketing, network relations, research and training. Corporate Treasurer 1/97 to date. Clinical director 6/97 to date. Chief Executive Officer 2000 to 2017.

Lecturer, Center for Spirituality and Healing, Academic Medical Center, University of Minnesota, Co-teaching CSpH 5317, “Yoga: Ethics, Spirituality and Healing.” July,2004 to 2007.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Professional Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. (12/97 to date.) Courses taught: “Introduction to Group Therapy,” Practicum Supervision and various guest lectures on topics in male gender issues, ethics and the psychology of HIV/AIDS.

Consulting Psychologist: Metro Therapy Special Childrens' Clinic Inc., Roseville, MN, performing assessments, psycho-social histories, psychotherapy and consultation. (10/95 to 10/2002.)

Consultant: Employee Advisory Resource, Ceridian Corp., Bloomington, MN, providing in-person crisis assessments and other consultation. (1/86 to date.)

Consultant: Pride Institute, Eden Prarie, MN, providing psychologicalassessment (including testing) of people with abuse issues or severe anxiety, presenting lectures and process groups on abuse, H.I.V. and organizational issues. (6/88 to 1991.)

Adjunct Assistant School Professor: Counseling and Psychological Services Program, Graduate Center, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. April 1998 special award: “In recognition of your contributions in advising adult learners your colleagues, our students, and the entire University Community bestow this award upon you as Outstanding Student Advisor.” Courses taught: “Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology,” “Men in Therapy,” “Human Sexuality,” “Psychology of HIV/AIDS.” (Spring '87 to date.)

Supervisor (Volunteer): Walk-In Counseling Center, Minneapolis, MN, supervising a team of volunteer professional crisis counselors. (1/90 to 12/94.)

Consultant and support group facilitator, Minnesota A.I.D.S. Massage Project. (1/91-6/91.)

Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist: Chrysalis Mental Health Center, Minneapolis, MN. (6/86-6/89)

Minnesota AIDS Project: "On the Safe Side" seminar facilitator, speakers' bureau, support group facilitator trainer. (1986 to 1989)

Psychologist II: Minnesota Dept. of Health, Red Door Clinic, Minneapolis, MN, providing counseling in an experimental H.I.V. prevention program. (11/86-6/87)

Referral Coordinator: Statewide Referral Service, Minnesota Psychological Association, St. Paul, MN.

Psychotherapist: Lesbian and Gay Community Services, Minneapolis, MN. (10/84-7/85)

Personal Problems Specialist and Crisis Counselor: Employee Advisory Resource, Control Data Corp. (now Ceridian Corp.), Bloomington, MN. (8/81-9/84)

Counselor (Volunteer): Walk-In Counseling Center, Minneapolis, MN, providing crisis intervention and short term therapy. (4/83-6/84)

Psychology Intern: Mental Health Dept., Park Nicollet Medical Center, St. Louis Park, MN. 9/82-1/83)

Nursing Assistant Instructor: Emergency Dept., Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis,
MN. (1978-1981)
Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude : University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1975. Major: South Asian Languages and Literature. (Phi Beta Kappa)

Post-baccalaureate studies in pre-medical sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. (1976-1978)

Master of Arts: College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 1982. Major: Counseling Psychology. Family therapy practicum at Anoka County Juvenile Court Services and internship at Park Nicollet Medical Center (above).

Psy.D., Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Internship: (1992-3) at Walk-In Counseling Center, Minneapolis, MN & (1993-4) at Hennepin County Family and Children's Mental Health Center. Doctoral project title: "Word Improvisation and HIV/AIDS: Experiential Strategies for Professional Education and Training." Degree granted 12/17/94. Use of degree with existing licensure approved by the Board of Psychology 3/10/95.
Licensed in Minnesota as Licensed Psychologist #956 on 1/5/85, #LP2149 upon 1993 renewal. List of competencies available on request.

National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology No. 43951, April, 1996.

Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology, Association of State and Provincial Boards of Psychology, Aug. 2000-2016.

Full member, Minnesota Psychological Association. (1981 to date.)

Fellow, American Orthopsychiatric Association. Co-chair of Interest Group on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues 1989-1997, annual meeting program committee. (1987-1997.)

Full Member, Minnesota Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Faculty for the annual training workshops. (1987-date.)

Full member, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. (2009 to 2016.)

Professional Member, Association for Transpersonal Psychology.

Associate Member, American Psychological Association (1990-2007). Selected in 1993 as a psychologist-trainer for Project H.O.P.E. Associate Member: Society for the Psychological Study of Gay and Lesbian Issues (A.P.A. Division 44). Associate Member: Division of Health Psychology (A.P.A. Division 38). Resigned 2007 due to excessive dues and in opposition to the A.P.A. policy of seeking prescribing privileges for psychologists.

Member: International Association of Yoga Therapists (2002 to date.). Profile at www.iayt.org. Grandparented as a certified yoga therapist, C-IAYT, August 2017.

Full member, American Counseling Association (12/08-12/16).

Life member, Indian Society for Sleep Research (2017-date).

Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level of training (R.Y.T., E.R.Y.T.500, & YACEP #16637), grandparented by the Yoga Alliance, 2005.

Award Recipient: Walk-In Counseling Center, "in recognition of outstanding volunteer services in community mental health." (5/13/91)

Review editor and book reviewer, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (Inactive at the moment.), Journal of Men's Studies (Inactive at the moment.), International Journal of Health and Applied Sciences, International Journal of Yoga Therapy and Yoga Mimāṁsā;, the oldest journal of scientific research into yoga.

Scholar in Residence for the Himalayan Tradition, Loyola Marymount University, Program for Graduate Studies in Yoga, Santa Monica, CA, October 2018.

Initiation in to yoga by Swāmī Veda Bhāratī July 2, 1971. Initiation into Vānaprasthā (preliminary vows of renunciation) by Swāmī Veda Bhāratī and the Śaṅkarācārya of Karvirapīṭha 2007. Training as an initiator and spiritual guide in the Himalayan Yoga TraditionJanuary through April 2008.
Parker, S. and Neiger, V. (1986). The corporate response to violence in the family. Personnel Administrator, Nov. 1986, 116-121. Reprinted by the American Society for Personnel Administration as part of a publication on Work and FamilyIssues, 1987.

Parker, S. (1989). Clinical case report. Images, Newsletter of the Minnesota Society for Clinical Hypnosis, II:5, 4-5.

Parker, S. & Thompson, T. (1990). Gay and bisexual men: Developing a healthy identity. In Leafgren, F. & Moore, D. (Eds.) Problem solving stategies and interventions for men in conflict. (pp. 113-121). Alexandria , VA: American Association for Counseling and Development.

Moore, D., Parker, S. , Thompson, T. & Dougherty, P. (1990). The journey continues. In Leafgren, F. & Moore, D. (Eds.) Problem solving strategies and interventions for men in conflict. (pp. 277-283). Alexandria, VA: American Association for Counseling and Development.

Parker, S. (1990). Healing abuse in gay men: The group component. In Hunter, M. (Ed.) The sexually abused male, vol. II: Application of treatment strategies. (pp. 177-198) Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.

Parker, S. (1991). Repairing homosexuality: Personal perspectives. Minnesota psychologist, 40:6, 12-3.

Robiner, W. N., Parker, S. A., Ohnsorg, T. J., Strike, B. (1993). HIV/AIDS training and continuing education. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 24:1, 35-42.

Robiner, W.N., Ohnsorg, T.J., Parker, S.A., & Strike B. (1994). Psychologists' HIV/AIDS experiences, anxiety, knowledge, and continuing education: A preliminary report. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 14, 196-211.

Edited for publication: Bhāratī, Swāmī Veda.(2001.) The Yoga-sūtras of Patañjali with the exposition of Vyāsa: A translation and commentary. Volume II: Sādhana-pāda. Delhi, India: Motilal Banarsidass.

Parker, S. (2002). The practice of meditation in Vedānta. Paper presented at the International Conference on Science and Meditation, Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust and Sādhanamandir Trust, Jolly Grant, Uttaranchal, India, 10-12November 2002. Published in PDF format at www.icsmindia.com.

Cameron, M. and Parker, S. (2004). Ethical and legal issues: The ethical foundations of Yoga. Journal of Professional Nursing,14, 275-6.

Parker, S. (2008.) Ethical decision-making for yoga teachers and yoga therapists. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 18, 31-37.

Parker, S. (2009, in press). Integrative pain therapy in a clinical psychology practice. In Meditation and Pain Management, proceedings of the conference, Meditation and Pain Management, Feb. 24-28, Rishikesh, India. Rishikesh, U.K., India: AHYMSIN Publishers.

Zambito, S. (2010). The Yoga Sūtras Sanskrit-English Dictionary. Sequim, WA: Yoga Sutras Institute. (Associate Editor).

Parker, S. (2012). Learn to meditate: Yoga nidra in the Himalayan tradition. (An instructional CD and Mp3 download.) Milwaukee, WI: AHYMSA Publishers. (www.itunes.com, www.CDbaby.com)

Parker, S., Bhāratī, Swāmī Veda, Fernandez, M. (2013.) Defining Yoga-Nidra: Traditional Accounts, Physiological Research, and Future Directions. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 23:1, 11-16.

Parker, S. and Sharma, A. (2013). The use of touch in yoga teaching and therapy: Principles and Guidelines for effective practice. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 23:2, 69-70.

Parker, S. (2014). Listen to the inner teacher. In Bardella, V., Belloni, D. & Stefanini, S. (Eds.) An intangible beauty: The path of silence in the yoga tradition of the Himalayas.Book and DVD combination. Milan, Italy: Mimesis.

Parker, S. (2014). Siddhi Versus Vibhuti: Marvelous Accomplishments or the Natural Unfolding of Normal Human Potential? A paper for the Conference “L’epigenetica dei Miracoli: Nove Convercenze tra Scienza e Spiritualitá,” Second International Congress of Psicomedicina Quantistica Sponsored by Dharma Italia, Milan, Italy, Dec. 2014. Published as Appendix 2 in Bhāratī, Swāmī• Veda. (2016.) The Yoga-sūtras of Patañjali with the exposition of Vyāsa: A translation and commentary. Volume III: Vibhūti-pāda. (In press.)

Parker, S. (2016). Becoming an advanced beginner: Advancement in yoga through refinement of Fundamentals and assumption of a beginner’s mind. In (Eds.) Borysiuk, Z., Rogowska, A. & Rucinski, F. Zastosowamir Jogi I Ajurwedy W Życiu Współczesnego Csłowieka. (Implementation of Yoga and Ayurveda in Life of a Contemporary Man). Warsaw, Poland: Wydawnictwo, pp. 63-78.

Parker, S. (2016). The perilous bridge of vijñāna: A perspective from Pātañala yoga and Psychology. Paper for the Proceedings of the symposium, “Science and Spirituality: Bridges of Understanding,” Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.

Parker, S. (2017). Clearing the path, the yoga way to a clear and pleasant mind: Patañjali, neuroscience and emotion. AHYMSA Publishers.

Parker, S. (2018). Yoga-nidrā: An opportunity for collaboration to extend the science of sleep states. Sleep and Vigilance, 1, 57-63.

Parker, S. (2018). Training attention for conscious non-REM sleep: The yogic technique of yoga nidrā and its implications for neuroscience.A presentation for the International Conference on Meditation, Centre of Behavior and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad, March, 2018. (Proceedings to be published by Elsevier.)

Parker, S. (2018). Indian psychology: An opportunity for collaboration in both science and clinical application. Invited presentation for Indian Psychology, A Consciousness Perpsective: Swadeshi Indology and Indian Mind Sciences, University of Delhi, March 2018.
Community Service
Spirit of the Lakes United Church of Christ (1989-date): Representative Council 1998-2000, Co-chair Pastoral Search Committee 1996-7, Capital Gifts Task Force of the 1995 Capital Campaign, Worship Team elected member 1998-2000 & 2001-date, Nominations Team elected member (2000-date), member Co-Pastoral Search Committee 2001-date, communion server, cantor, lay preacher, member and facilitator of a number of seasonal liturgy writing groups, smudger, adult educator, speakers’ bureau of Outreach and Social Justice Team, building remodeler, gardener. Represented the church’s gift to humanity of it’s “Shelter From Hate” education program and website to the Parliament of World Religions, Cape Town, South Africa, Dec. 1999.

Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Minneapolis, MN (1985-1989): adult educator, Development Committee Chair, Steering Committee, Restart Inc., a residence for traumatically brain injured young adults, Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Minneapolis, MN.

Walk-In Counseling Center (1983-date): volunteer counselor, supervisor, psychology intern, and general supporter.

Outreach Crisis Intervention Counselor (Volunteer): Nightime Emergency Outreach Network (N.E.O.N.), Minneapolis, MN. (1976-1980)

Meditation Center (1971-date): hatha yoga and meditation teacher, lecturer, instructor in Sanskrit, editing and teaching assistance to Center founder Swami Veda Bharati. Board of Directors member and Vice President (Dec. 1999-date), Board Chairperson Dec. 2001-date. Senior faculty and member of the advisory and examination boards of the International Himalayan Yoga Teachers’ Association.

Adjunct faculty, Sadhanamandir Ashram, Rishikesh, India and senior faculty, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Gurukula, Rishikesh, India. Vice President, Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International (AHYMSIN) 2013 to date. Senior faculty, Himalayan Yoga Tradition Teacher Training Programs. Guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota, the Peace Studies Program at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, the Social Sciences University of Poland, the Indian Psychology program at Delhi University and as a visiting scholar in the Himalayan Tradition in the Yoga Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica, CA.

Board member, Certification of Yoga Accreditation International, a credentialing body for yoga teachers worldwide. Member, committee on accrediting examinations. Certified by that board as a yoga master (small m).
Avocations: backpacking and alpine mountaineering, traditional music, dance and song of the British Isles and North America, photography, writing, gardening, meditation and serious play therapy with food. Has published poems and literary essays in The James White Review ,The Evergreen Chronicles ,Lavender Lifestyles, The Minnesota Daily, The Minnesota Psychologist, Himalayan Path and Prarie Harmony. Occasional commentator, Minnesota Public Radio.