Hope Umansky, PhD
Professor of American Culture &
Psychology Consultant
San Diego, CA
Hope Phillips Umansky, PhD, (aka Dr. Hope) has a diverse professional and educational background in higher education as an American culture expert and also holds a PhD in clinical psychology. She actively works as a professor, psycho-educational & global strategic consultant, keynote speaker, and author. Dr. Hope’s true love helping people express themselves and humanistic-based truths authentically to facilitate a kinder, more equitable worldview. Her formal education is a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Scripps College of The Claremont Colleges, a Master’s in Liberal Arts in English literature from Reed College, specifically in American culture, and a MA/PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in resilience and overcoming trauma from a small private graduate institute. As a media expert, Dr. Hope is excited to continue to explore humanity in our #pandemica™ world through innovative and progressive discourse about American culture and how it shapes our identities and lives, personally, within society, and globally.
  • With a rogue vision, Dr. Hope is an internationally renowned American studies and psychology consultant, keynote speaker, author, and professor. 
  • Well-known as "the compassionate leader," Dr. Hope’s unique vision on American culture and psychology is sought out in new media, education, science, and medical industries.
  • With a unique perspective having served as a CEO of one of the world’s most progressive graduate schools in psychology and integrative health, in addition to having a PhD in psychology, Dr. Hope’s progressive vision pushes the boundaries of American culture, ethics, and humanity. 
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BIO:  Dr. Hope Umansky, aka Dr. Hope is a public speaker, writer, and educator. Dr. Hope's inspiration leads her to examine the edgy truths of American Culture that make us who we are and what influences our behavior. Dr. Hope On Point represents her media expertise which is in the intersection of historical context and popular American culture, with an emphasis on the complex human experience, resilience and transcending personal and collective trauma.

“Grit is the secret roaring underdog of leadership [or resilience].”—From "The Life You Save May Be Your Own," Umansky, 2021.

Having spent the last 15 years in higher education and a near-decade in the CxO space leading one of the world’s most progressive educational institutions, Dr. Hope's expertise is in the intersection of how current news, American popular culture, and pivotal societal events inform and shape our personal and collective identities. Humanity is at a pinnacle moment. #pandemica™ is a series that Dr. Hope offers about how the pandemic has specifically infected all of our institutions, including our self-concept, and our interactions with our communities, society, and with others around the globe. More than ever, this time has brought into stark relief how a lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as systemic inequalities, injustices, and discrimination critically affect our individual & collective lives. There is a fluid interaction between current events and our interpersonal and outer-personal reactions that affect society and the zeitgeist. We are in a reciprocal, dynamic relationship with the media and current events. Without integration of the new realities, as a psychological consultant with expertise in American culture, my emphasis as a media expert is in speaking and leading compassionately and consciously, while exploring how our lives, individually and collectively, interact within larger institutions, such as government, healthcare, & education, to name a few, with the goal of creating a more kind-hearted and equitable society. We need to lay bare certain truths and face certain realities if we are to move forward as a literally and figuratively sustainable world.
 
In addition to my work as an integrative psychologist, I work as a global strategic and compassionate leadership consultant. After serving many years in both traditional and non-traditional institutions, my combined professional experience of having led one of the most innovative consciousness-based integrative health and psychology institutions in the world along with my versatile educational background provides a visionary and unique perspective on American culture and media. Having earned a BA in English literature from Scripps College, one of The Claremont Colleges; a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in English literature from Reed College, and an additional MA/PhD in Clinical Psychology, I work on an integrative, conscious, and forward-thinking level. Innovations: Education Advocacy Group, Inc., offers a revolutionary singular focus on compassionate leadership and Whole student education; while my psychological consultant practice, Hope, Health, and Healing is based on integrative health and psychology.

Being referred to as the rogue consultant, although meant to insult my iconoclastic ideas as a woman, is a great compliment. It takes a rogue vision to think out of the box and provide innovative perspectives on American society, psychology, and the zeitgeist. I look forward to offering a unique psychology-based perspective on the questions and events that weigh heavy on our hearts and minds. I do not purport to know the answers; instead, my work seeks to illuminate critical questions and contradictions aspiring for a more Whole and kinder global world view.

Getting inside Americans’ brains and hearts, with a high-touch style, is deep work but critically important to understanding the fluid relationship between self, community, society, and the global world. We have to become aware of how our reactions to events shape our self and collective identities if we want to move through the new decade with compassion and a deeper one-world/one-heart mentality. It is messy work, facing tough questions about ourselves and our world, but it is the only way forward.

Dr. Hope on the Web ~ Visit: https://www.askdrhope.com/

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