Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
M.A., expected* May 2018, Clinical Mental Health Counseling:
Concentration in Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling.
Naropa Honor Scholarship, 2014-2018.
Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.
M.A., February 2003, Psychology (Program in Neuroscience):
Experience-modulated hippocampal and cortical neuroplasticity.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 2002.
Princeton Prize, Merit Fellowship in Natural Sciences & Mathematics, 2000-2001.
Columbia University in New York, New York.
B.A., cum laude, May 1998, Neuroscience and Behavior.
Dean’s List all 6 semesters, 4-year degree completed in 3 years, 1995-1998.
Max-Planck Institute in Andechs, Germany.
Foreign Scholar Research Fellowship, 2004-2005:
Hippocampal plasticity in migrating birds.
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS),
Experimental Therapeutics Branch (ETB), Molecular Neuropharmacology Section.
Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellow, 1999-2000:
Phosphorylation and desensitization of D1 dopamine receptors.
Mirescu, C., Peters, J. D., Noiman, L., & Gould, E. (2006). Sleep deprivation inhibits adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus by elevating glucocorticoids. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103(50), 19170-19175.
Peters, J. D., & Gould, E. (2005). Experience, structural plasticity, and neurogenesis. In T. Steckler, N. H. Kalin, & J. M. H. M. Reul (Eds.), Handbook of stress and the brain, Part 1: The neurobiology of stress (pp. 699-709). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Mirescu, C., Peters, J. D., & Gould, E. (2004). Early life experience alters response of adult neurogenesis to stress. Nature Neuroscience, 7(8), 841-846.
Kim, O. J., Gardner, B. R., Williams, D. B., Marinec, P. S., Cabrera, D. M., Peters, J. D., Mak, C. C., Kim, K. M., & Sibley, D. R. (2004). The role of phosphorylation in D1 dopamine receptor desensitization: evidence for a novel mechanism of arrestin association. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 279(9), 7999-8010.
UNIVERSITY TEACHING AT PRINCETON
Preceptor & Laboratory Instructor, Introduction to Psychology, Fall 2003.
Preceptor & Guest Lecturer, The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Spring 2003.
Preceptor, Abnormal Psychology, Fall 2002.
Preceptor, The Brain: A User’s Guide, Spring 2002.
Preceptor & Guest Lecturer, Neuroendocrinology: Hormones and Behavior, Fall 2001.
In addition to the standard M.A. course load emphasizing assessment, diagnosis & ethical counseling skills across cultures & the lifespan, additional coursework included Gestalt (2 semesters), Group Dynamics / Leadership, Transpersonal Psychology, Jungian Psychology, Counseling Grief, Loss & Life Transitions, Mindfulness-based Interventions (3 semesters), Non-dualism, Shamanic Journeying & Authentic Movement, 2014-2018.
Continuing Education through participation in the following courses & seminars:
Disaster Mental Health: Intro to Disaster Cycle Services (American Red Cross), 2018.
Yoga of Sex—Somatic Sex Education (Joseph Kramer, PhD & Faculty), 2017-2018.
Forging a Feminine Path—Sexuality & Spirituality (Kimberly Johnson, SEP), 2017.
Somatic Experiencing—Basic Principles (Ellen Byrne, SEP), 2017.
Modern Psychoanalysis (Elizabeth Olson, PsyD-LCSW), 2016.
DBT—Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Elizabeth Olson, PsyD-LCSW), 2016.
Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy (Melissa Grace, MA), 2015.
Family Therapy (Elizabeth Olson, PsyD-LCSW), 2015.
ACT—Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (Brooks Witter, MA-LPC), 2015.
Cancer Caregivers & Caregiving Symposium (Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD-RN & Faculty), 2012.
Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado, USA since January 2017. Please see junglephysician.com for blogs and current coaching, counseling & training offerings.
700-hour Internship at Community Holistic Health Center in Lafayette, CO, supervised by Jen Fuller, MA-LPC (2017-2018). Affordable Sliding-Scale Counseling Program. Provided counseling sessions for individuals, couples & families. Addressed alcohol & drug use, trauma, grief, anger, health concerns, anxiety & depression. Explored spirituality, sexuality, identity & relationship. Facilitated the following groups: Grief & Transitions, Mindfulness & Purpose, Women’s Sexuality, Yoga & the Chakras.
Adult DBT Group Co-facilitator with Elizabeth Driscoll, MA at the Collective for Psychological Wellness, 15 sessions in Boulder, 2016. Led the weekly mindfulness component. Co-led check-ins, Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills instruction & discussion.
70-hour Practicum at AIM House in Boulder, supervised by Angelo Ciliberti, MA-LPC, 2015. Worked with young women in transition & recovery. Collaborated with staff to aid in crisis intervention & prevention. Led or co-hosted weekly Human Sexuality & Relationships groups. Co-facilitated weekly Relational Group Process with the Clinical Director. Gave individualized yoga sessions & taught a workshop at Family Weekend. Chaperoned creative recovery groups & improvisation classes. Modeled empathetic listening & authentic relationship at meals & in milieu.
Personal practice since 2003. Teaching groups, privates, workshops, courses, trainings & retreats internationally (Europe, Asia & North America) since 2005. On faculty at Ashtanga Yoga Denver since 2016. Please see junglephysician.com for more detail & links to YouTube channel & social media.
Formerly on faculty at Richard Freeman’s Yoga Workshop in Boulder (2012-2015). 500+ hours assisting Richard Freeman with teacher trainings, workshops & classes since moving to Boulder to intensify studies with him in 2012. 1500+ additional hours of international study with him & Mary Taylor since 2007.
2x: 3-day practice & theory intensives, Denver, CO (Tim Miller), since 2014.
4 months of Mysore practice, Goa, India (Rolf & Marci Naujokat), 2009-2010.
2 months of practice living alone in nature, Crete (Cliff Barber), 2009.
3 weeks of Mysore practice, Tokyo (Dominic Corigliano), 2009.
5-day Ashtanga Teaching & Adjustment Clinic, Munich (Nancy Gilgoff), 2004.
Workshops: Bettina Anner, Danny Paradise, David Swenson, John Scott & Mark Darby.
Assistant to Sharon Gannon & David Life for international workshops, 2008-2014.
On faculty at Jivamukti Yoga Munich teaching groups, privates & workshops, 2005-2011.
Mentor for 500-hr Jivamukti Apprenticeship Program, Munich, 2010-2011.
Advanced Jivamukti Teaching Certification, Munich, 2009.
500-hr Jivamukti Teaching Apprenticeship, Munich (Petros Haffenrichter), 2006.
300-hr Jivamukti Teacher Training, New York (Sharon Gannon & David Life), 2005.
9-month Pre-certification Apprenticeship, Munich (Patrick Broome), 2004.
70 days of training while on retreat in Crete (Petros Haffenrichter), starting in 2004.
RESTORATIVE, THERAPEUTIC & SPECIALIZED YOGA TRAININGS
Iyengar Yoga—Workshops with Chris Saudek, Dean Lerner, Devki Desai, Gabriella Giubilaro, Lois Steinberg, Marla Apt, Paul Cabanis & Ramanand Patel since 2006. Practice with Craig Kurtz, Jayne Satter, Octavia Morgan, Tamarie Spielman & Lisa Jo Landsberg in Denver & Boulder since 2012. Study with Michael Forbes & Elisa Bruni in Munich, 2004-2011.
30+ Restorative & Therapeutic Kaiut Yoga workshops, (Francisco Kaiut), since 2011.
24-hour Somatic Experiencing Meets Yoga Training for Trauma (Mariana Caplan), 2017.
50-hour Yoga for Cancer Survivors Teacher Training, Boulder (Laura Kupperman), 2014.
3-day Adaptive Yoga for Physical Disabilities Intensive, Boulder (Matthew Sanford), 2011.
Workshops with Alan Finger (ISTHA Yoga), Bo Forbes (Yoga for Emotional Balance) Dharma Mittra (Dharma Yoga), Douglas Brooks (Sri Vidya Tantra), Emil Wendel (Pranayama & Kriya Yoga), Godfrey Devereux (Dynamic Yoga), Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa (Kundalini Yoga), Mark Whitwell (Hatha Yoga / Desikachar), Pandit Rajmani Tigunait (Sri Vidya / Himalayan Tradition), Patrick Oancia (Baseworks), R. Sriram (Krishnamacharya & Desikachar), Rod Stryker (ParaYoga) & Simon Borg-Olivier (Yoga Synergy) since 2005.
CONTEMPLATIVE BODY, MOVEMENT & HEALING PRACTICES
Shamanic Journeying, Longmont (Jennifer Hinton & Patrice Bazile), since 2012.
10-week Authentic Movement Course, Boulder (Daphne Chellos), 2017.
Reiki Level 1 Certification, Boulder (Susan Chiocchi), 2013.
42-day Dynamic Meditation at Osho Leela, Munich (daily morning practice), 2005.
MEDITATION, BUDDHISM & KARMA YOGA
Personal meditation practice since 2003. Workshops with Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Acharya Dale Asrael, Joanna Macy, Lama Marut, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Sharon Salzberg.
2x: 6-day Sesshin at Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe (Genzan Quennell & Faculty), 2017.
4-day Dogen Seminar at Upaya (Joan Halifax, Pat Enkyo O’hara & Kaz Tanahashi), 2017.
9x: Weekend Meditation Practicum at Shambhala Boulder (Jules Levinson), 2007-2017.
6x: 4-week Meditation Course at Shambhala Boulder (Jules Levinson), 2007-2016.
4x: 1-week Buddha & Yogis Retreat, Phonecia & Molokai (Robert Thurman), 2012-2015.
2x: 5-day Yoga in the Mirror of Buddhism Retreat at Upaya (Joan Halifax), 2013-2015.
7-day Sesshin at Hakubai Zen Temple Boulder (Zenji Martin Mosko), 2015.
2x: Weekend Textual Study Intensive, Denver-Boulder (Thrangu Rinpoche), 2014.
2-month work-study at Santosh Puri Ashram, Haridwar, India (Puri Family), 2010.
3x: 10-day Vipassana Meditation Retreat, Triebel & Dehradun (S.N. Goenka), 2008-2010.
MUSIC TRAINING & PERFORMANCE
Kirtan instruction (2005-2011) under Bhagavan Das, Dave Stringer, David Newman, Jai Uttal & Shyam Das. Performance (on violin) with Danny Paradise, Daphne Tse, Dave Stringer, Fantuzzi, Jason Kalidas, Michael Hewitt, Petros & Friends. Performance (on voice & harmonium) internationally in classes, workshops & retreats since 2005.
Violin instruction (1985-1998) under Elisabeth Adkins (Associate Concertmaster, National Symphony Orchestra), James Stern (Cleveland Institute of Music), Oliver Steiner and Anastasia Jempelis (Eastman School of Music), Robert Cole & Estelle Roth (Suzuki Method).
Columbia University Orchestra (George Rothman), 1996-1998.
American Youth Philharmonic (Luis Haza), 1992-1995.
National Symphony Orchestra Apprentice Program (Mstislav Rostropovich), 1993-1994.
Eastman School of Music Summer Horizons Program, 1992.
Piano instruction (1989-1995) under Howard Spindler (Eastman School of Music) & Linda Gutterman (Suzuki Method).
Fairly proficient German, 2 years of university French & Russian, very basic Sanskrit.
Past—diving, hang gliding, horseback riding, quilting, softball & swing dancing.
Present— holistic health, puppies, tree climbing & Vespa scooters.