David Lukoff, PhD,
is professor of psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, Calif., a licensed psychologist, author of 80 articles, and co-author of the DSM-IV and DSM-5 category Religious or Spiritual Problem. He has been actively involved with the mental health consumer movement since 1994.
Esalen co-founders Richard Price and Michael Murphy envisioned Dick Price's experiences of madness to be of great potential value in helping others, and as a way to expand the human potential movement. As a result, Esalen became a hub in the exploration of alternative models of madness and the development of new ways to help people in extreme states. Michael Cornwall and David Lukoff have been involved in continuing this exploration for more than thirty years.