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Donald Polkinghorne, PhD - Fielding Graduate University. Pasadena, CA, US

Donald Polkinghorne, PhD Donald Polkinghorne, PhD

Consulting Faculty - School of Psychology | Fielding Graduate University


Faculty emeritus in School of Psychology--Deceased January 17, 2018. This profile is no longer connected to the FGU Public Website.



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Donald Polkinghorne is consulting faculty member in the School of Psychology.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (5)

Research Design and Methodology

Qualitative and Narrative Research

Statistics and Quantitative Research Design

Evaluation Research

Philosophy of Social Science

Accomplishments (5)

Member-at-Large (personal)

(2002) Psychological Association, Division 24

Socrates Award (personal)

(2002) Outstanding Teacher in Rossier School of Education

Award for Distinguished Theoretical and Philosophical Contributions to Psychology (personal)

(2002) American Psychological Association, Division 24

Holder of the Fahmy Attallah PhD and Donna Attallah Chair (personal)

(1996) Humanistic Psychology

President (personal)

(1994) American Psychological Association, Division 24

Affiliations (3)

  • American Psychological Association (17, 24, 28, and 32)
  • California State Psychological Association
  • Human Science Research Association

Event Appearances (5)

Knowledge and practice

(August, 2005) 113th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association  Washington, DC

Conceptual understanding and narrative research

(June, 2005) DISPUK Institute Conference  Rithymnon, Greece

How to endure in the current culture of higher education: Service, practice, and research

(May, 2005) Invited opening address presented at the Annual Meeting of Directors of Occupational Therapy programs  Long Beach, CA

Applying Qualitative Research Findings

(March, 2005) Bournemouth University  Bournemouth, England

Practice and the human sciences

(August, 2004) 28th International Congress of Psychology  Beijing, China

Research Grants (1)


Irvine Foundation $1,000,000

(2013) Diversity Scorecard

Articles (5)

An agenda for the second generation of qualitative studies International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being

(2006) An agenda is proposed that calls for investigations of and instruction in the skills and dispositions needed by practitioners of qualitative studies. Qualitative studies re-emerged in the social science and health disciplines in the early years of the 1970s. In the subsequent 30-plus years of the first generation of qualitative studies, there has been a dramatic growth in their use and in attention to their theories and methods.

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Validity Issues in Narrative Research Qualitative Inquiry

(May, 2007) Attention to the judgments about the validity of research-generated knowledge claims is integral to all social science research. During the past several decades, knowledge development has been split into two communities: conventional researchers and reformist researchers. Narrative research is positioned within the reformist community.

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Language and meaning: Data collection in qualitative research The Journal of Counseling Psychology

(April, 2005) Qualitative research is inquiry aimed at describing and clarifying human experience as it appears in people's lives. Researchers using qualitative methods gather data that serve as evidence for their distilled descriptions. Qualitative data are gathered primarily in the form of spoken or written language rather than in the form of numbers. Possible data sources are interviews with participants, observations, documents, and artifacts.

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Ricoeur, Narrative and Personal Identity Taylor & Francis

(2004) Changing conceptions of psychological life (49-70)

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Narrative therapy and postmodernism Sage Publications

(2004) The handbook of narrative and psychotherapy: Practice, theory, and research

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