Paul Kiritsis (July 15, 1979-) is an interdisciplinary scholar, poet, professional writer, artist, certified hypnotherapist, and a doctoral graduate in clinical psychology. Paul is an adjunct professor at Sofia University in the disciplines of clinical psychology and neuropsychology. His postdoctoral training experience involved working with individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and severe mental illness at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael, CA. He was enrolled in a schools’ outreach program during the 2017-18 Academic Year, working closely with students at Davidson Middle School every Tuesday. For the 2018-19 Academic Year he worked with members of the geriatric population suffering from neurodegenerative diseases at Skyview Bay Club in San Rafael. Moreover, he was the psychological testing liaison officer for CIP as well as their primary evaluator for neuropsychological testing. Kiritsis’s volunteer and service work encompasses endeavors that are disparate and heterogenous in scope and subject; from offering psychoeducation and counselling to war veterans via Sponsor a Vet for Life, a non-profit organization based in Wharton, NJ, to offering hands-on practical aid to vulnerable giant pandas through the special volunteer program at Dujiangyan Panda Base in Chengdu, China, to serving as a committee member for literary projects spearheaded by the Greek-Australian Cultural League.
Kiritsis is the author of six published books, including the creative compendium Confessions of a Split Mind (2017) and the literary collection Hermetica: Myths, Legends, Poems (2007), and is the recipient of sixteen book/literary awards, including the Paracelsus Award by the Alchemy Guild for the exceptional esoteric and academic content published on his personal website Down the Rabbit Hole. Recently he won a Pacific Book Award for his recent book, The Creative Advantages of Schizophrenia (2018), in the category of Best Psychology Book. He inaugurated the Dorothea Dix Award in 2014, enabling those who have suffered mental and physical illness, disability, or injury a chance at recognition through the written word. He has been published extensively by the New Jersey-based literary magazine, Sensations Magazine, and served as the Vice President of the Greek-Australian Cultural League based in Melbourne, Australia, a non-profit literary organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of Greek-Australian literature between the years 2012-14. His diverse academic interests straddle cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology/neuropsychology, and philosophy of mind on one end of the spectrum and esotericism, comparative religion, history, and mythology on the other. He enjoys playing the keyboards, reading, drawing, exercising, and scuba diving in his spare time.