Dr Benina Gould holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She was awarded a Carnegie Fellowship at the Belfer Centre for International Studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She has received grants from the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, Fetzer Foundation and the International Abrahamic Network. She is former Director of the Social Transformation Program at Saybook University in Oakland, California and is presently the co-Director of the Trauma Certificate as part of the Psychology programme and Social Transformation Concentration. Dr Gould has been visiting scholar at the University of California, International and Area Studies. She has undertaken research in Indonesia entitled “Accessing Global Information: The Muslim Youth Internet Survey on the use of the Internet for Current Islamic and Non-Islamic Issues.”
Her present work on “Religious Based Peace Education” is a long term programme with the “International Abrahamic Network” a Track 2 project at the Centre for Theory and Research at Esalen Institute. The last part of this project is facilitating the translation of a “Peace Education on Islamic Base” textbook that was developed by her colleagues in Indonesia for Muslim students, and will be adapted with other global textbooks and programmes for use in schools and among interfaith groups.