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Down the Rabbit Hole
Paul Kiritsis, PsyD Clinical Psychology, DPhil., MA (History)


Dorothea Dix Award Details


Paul Kiritsis is pleased to announce the fourth Dorothea Dix Award for all those who have overcome or battled mental or physical illness, disability, or injury. For 2017, entrants are required to answer the following question in 800-2500 words.


Back from the Brink: Anomalous Healing Experiences


Under the contemporary medical model anomalous healings are usually construed as “spontaneous remissions” of cancerous tumors, recoveries, and alterations in normatively unchangeable body processes like rapid wound healings (Krippner and Achterberg, 2000). Recount an anomalous healing experience you’ve had, describing the variables involved (i.e., setting, individuals, events) and offering a retrospective assessment of your posttraumatic growth. 


The Panel of Judges: Angel Morgan, David Messineo, and Rita Singh.


Judge Biographies


Angel Morgan: Dr. Angel Morgan, PhD, adjunct professor at Sofia University, is a psychologist specializing in dreams, creativity, and the connection between the two. An interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker, she holds a PhD in Psychology, an MA in Human Development, and a BA in Theater, Film, and Television. She completed the Dream Studies and Creativity Studies programs at Saybrook University that include humanistic, transpersonal, phenomenological, neurological, and arts based approaches to dream studies. She is the recipient of the William Fadiman writing award, is widely published and writes a dream psychology blog on The Huffington Post. She is an active member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, The American Psychological Association, an Advisory Board member for, and peer reviewer for the APA journal, Dreaming. Located in Ashland, Oregon, Dr. Morgan is founder of


David Messineo: David Messineo is among the 30 longest-serving literary magazine publishers and poetry editors still active in America. His publication, Sensations Magazine, celebrates its 30th anniversary of annual operation in December 2017, and the associated Sensations Magazine Creative Events Series is among the 25 longest-lasting poetry reading series in America. Sensations Magazine is a rare three-consecutive-year winner in the national American Literary Magazine Awards, and David was honored with a New Jersey State Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2009 for his work related to the publication and events series. David is the author of 8 published poetry collections, the latest being Historiopticon, a 20-year writing project focused on American history that was published in 2013, and available at He is a lifetime resident of the state of New Jersey.


Rita Singh: Reta Singh is a Pre-Doctoral Intern at Alameda Family Services, Alameda, California, where she provides family therapy services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a PsyD. Candidate for Clinical Psychology at Sofia University. Reta has over 12 years of teaching experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She also has 8 years of experience providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for children with neurocognitive deficits (e.g., Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, etc.). This includes both in-home individual therapy as well as school and community services. Additionally, she volunteers as a youth advocate for children experiencing complex trauma.


Prize:  The Tree of Life handmade crystal from Ricaro (valued at $300). These crystals are individually handmade and shaped directly at the furnace without the use of any molds. The winner will also receive a Lucid Dreaming Induction Device.

The Dorothea Dix Award will run for twelve successive years (2014-2026). Each of the twelve winners will have their names inscribed on a perpetual trophy and the twelve entries combined will form a core component of a substantial book that Paul Kiritsis will publish on consciousness, illness, and belief.          

The winner will be announced on December 15th, 2017 at the annual meeting of the Jung Society of Melbourne. The results will also be posted online.


                                                                Enquiries:                                            650-619-7825 (US number)

                                                                Closing Date:                                       Sunday 31st December, 2017 at 5pm

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                                                                Submissions can be sent to:       with “Dorothea Dix Award” in subject line. Remember to include a signed entry form.




Interested in entering? Click Here to download the entry form.