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Fatemi, Sayyed Mohsen, Ph.D.



Dr. Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi (Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2003, Post Doctorate, Harvard University, 2009-2013) has done his postdoctoral studies in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University in areas of social, clinical, health and cross cultural psychology with a focus on Mindfulness. He is an Associate/ fellow and a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and works in areas of social and cross cultural psychology. He is a frequently published author and poet with numerous conference presentations.

Dr. Fatemi also teaches in the department of psychology at the University of British Columbia. In addition to teaching at Harvard, he has also taught at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, the University of Toronto, Western Washington University, Beijing Normal University and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Fatemi’s present areas of research focus on the psychological implications of mindfulness for negotiations, media, cultural understanding and communication, creativity and leadership, persuasive and influencing skills, clinical and counseling psychology.

He has been the keynote speaker of a number of international conferences and as a licensed and registered psychologist works on the implication of mindfulness for stress management, anxiety management, panic attack, interpersonal problems and personality disorders. Dr. Fatemi was selected in the advisory and editorial board of the Encyclopedia for Critical Psychology in 2012.

He is also a popular guest of multiple television and radio programs and has consulted and coached corporate managers and executives on the application of mindfulness to enhance a broad array of vital business skills. His work includes the development of mindful intercultural understanding, negotiation, communication, conflict resolution, influencing, team building, presentation skills, creative decision making, and crisis management.

Selected Publications

Fatemi, S.M. (2014). Exemplifying a Shift of Paradigm: Exploring the Psychology of Possibility and Embracing the Instability of Knowing. In A. Ie, C. T. Ngnoumen, & E. J. Langer (Ed.). The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness. (pp.115-138 ). John Wiley & Sons.

Fatemi, S.M. (2014). Questioning the unquestionability of the expert's perspective in psychology. Journal of Humanistic Psychology (
Fatemi, S.M. ( 2013). Semiotics, Overview and Critical Psychology. In Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology (Chapter ID: 396). Springer.

Fatemi, S.M. (2014). Ontological expansions of life and its implications: Islam. In . J. H.Ellens (Ed.). Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife. Eternity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Psychology, Religion & Spirituality). Praeger Publishers.

Fatemi, S.M. ( 2013). Psychology of peace. In S.J. Miri ( Eds.), In global future of religions. International Peace Center. London.

Fatemi, S.M. ( 2013). Mindful creativity and its implications for revising schemas and self Revitalization. Applied Psychological Research Quarterly. 4(2), 143-90.

Fatemi, S. M. (2012 ) Islam, secular modernity and intercultural humanism, pp. 85-100 in Mihai I. Spariosu & Jörn Rüsen (eds.) Exploring Humanity: Intercultural Perspective on Humanism, Taiwan: National Taiwan University Press.

Fatemi, S.M. ( 20120. Psychological ontology of consciousness. Center for Sociological Studies. Islamic Perspective. London Academy of Iranian Studies.

Fatemi, S.M. (2011). Exploring Some of The Educational Implications of Knowledge by Presence. Center for Sociological Studies. Islamic Perspective. London Academy of Iranian Studies.

Fatemi, S.M. (2010). Deconstructing global education. London Academy of Iranian Studies, Islamic Perspective Journal. Retrieved November 4, from

Fatemi, S.M. (2009). How We Speak Shapes How We Learn: a Linguistic and Psychological Theory of Education (book). Edwin Mellen Press. New York

Fatemi, S.M. (2008). Questioning the mastery of signs/celebrating the mystery of symbols. Educational Insights. Retrieved November 15, from

Fatemi, S.M. (2008). In search of narratives, a tour to the flea market of signification. Integral Review. Retrieved December 3, from

Fatemi, S.M. (2008). Dissonant discourses, creative language, mindful expressiveness and their implications for language education. (book)VDM Verlag Publication: Saarbrucken, Germany

Fatemi, S.M. (2008). From signs to symbols. Research and Practice in Social Sciences. Retrieved September 5, 2008, from

Fatemi, S.M. (2008). Personality analysis in organizations. (book) Sargol publication. Tehran, Iran.

Fatemi, S.M. (2007). Rade paye Lacan dar film [The implications of Lacanian psychoanalysis for films]. Special Issue on Psychoanalytic Criticism of Arts. Pazhouhesh nameh-e Farhangestan-e Honar, 4, 120-135.

Fatemi, S.M. (2007). In Search of a Model: Reading as Swimming. Inkshed,Newsletter of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning. Retrieved June 6, 2007, from

Fatemi, S.M. (2006). Passionate Winking; Avenues of Mysticism. Integral Review, 2. Retrieved June, 7, 2006, from

Fatemi, S.M. (2006). Emotional intelligence. (book) Sargol publication. Tehran, Iran.

Fatemi, S.M. (2005). Participatory Hermeneutics Research and language. Tehran: Tehran University and the Center for the Research on Social Studies and Humanities.

Fatemi, S.M. (2004). Fighting for 'Otherwise'. (Mindfulness, Creativity and Language Education) (Australia-UK).

Fatemi, S.M. (2004). Creational Capabilities of Language (Language Implications for Our Narratives-Reflections for Rural Human Service Workers. In B. Cheers, R. Clews, A.M. Powers & L. Carawan(Eds.), Beyond Geographical and Disciplinary Boundaries. University of South Australia and St. Thomas University.

Fatemi, S.M. (2004). Deconstructing language education. Academic Exchange Extra Retrieved May 1, 2004

Fatemi, S.M. (2003). Creative language and language creativity and its implications for language education. Inkshed, Newsletter of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning, Retrieved December 20, 2003, from

Fatemi, S.M. (2002). The recount of a dream. Academic Exchange Quarterly Retrieved January 15, 2003, from 2002/9/index.html

Fatemi, S.M. (2002). A jaywalker just yelled. Academic Exchange Quarterly. Retrieved January 15, 2003, from 2002/9/index.html

Fatemi, S.M. (2001). The philosophical catch cold. English Quarterly.33(3&4), 63.

Fatemi, S.M. (2001). The narrative of We and I. We and I took a shower of hermeneutics last night. English Quarterly. 33 (1&2), 68.

Fatemi, S.M. (2001). The pragmatics of you. English Quarterly. 33 (1& 2), 69.

Fatemi, S.M. (2000) Authorial recognition. Educational Insights, 6 (1).Retrieved January 15, 2003,

Fatemi, S.M. (2000) Gourmet restaurant. Educational Insights, 6 (1).Retrieved January 15, 2003,

Fatemi, S.M. (1995) Political psychology and circumscribed society. (book)Minerva: London

Fatemi, S.M. (1995). Street talk. (book)Farhang Moaser, Tehran: Iran.
Beardsley, M. & Haley P. (1995). The history and problems of aesthetics ( S.M. Fatemi, Trans.). (book) Center for Religious Studies and Arts, Tehran: Iran (Original work published 1967). Kierkegaard.S. (1995). Fear and trembling (S.M. Fatemi, Trans.). (book)Center for Religious Studies and Arts, Tehran: Iran (Original work published 1985).

S.M. Fatemi (1995). Political psychology. Fararavan, (book)Tehran: Iran

S.M. Fatemi (1990). Language and symbolism. (book)Enghellab publication, Tehran: Iran

S.M. Fatemi (1990) Personality and family. (book)Enghellab publication, Tehran: Iran

Upcoming Publications

Performance and mindfulness (Cambridge University Press)
Perceived control (Oxford University press)
Creativity and symmetry Restoration: Toward a cognitive account of mindfulness (With Louise Sundararajan, Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology) issue 2015

Upcoming Talks

• Harvard Medical School – November 20-21, 2015 Mindfulness for Well-Being: Helping Older Patients Live a More Fulfilling Life

• International Society for Neurofeedback and Research Conference, Denver, Colorado – October 15-18, 2015 Transforming the field of neurofeedback through clinical applications and research

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