Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Aloha. Thank you for your interest in participating in upcoming EdgeWalker research studies. I am Vishwani (Deepa) Ram-Souza, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Hilo, Hawai’i.  I am also a PhD student in the Integral and Transpersonal Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. My academic and future professional objective is to introduce a transpersonal systemic approach to address life challenges.  As a therapist, I have been affiliated with the mental health care industry for over a decade, and while many of the theories, techniques, and research result in improved well-being, I wonder if the transpersonal systemic and cybernetic approach could enhance and exceed those results. Hence, these studies are designed to inform that specific inquiry.

Study 1 (Oct to Nov, 2020)

Transpersonal Cybernetics: A Pilot Study on the Effects of Nature Connectedness on Self-Efficacy

This upcoming qualitative research project seeks to explore the landscapes of the natural world around us as a bedrock for understanding the topic of self-efficacy. Self-efficacy can be understood as one’s self-belief in their ability to successfully complete tasks in context with various levels of challenge. According to Albert Bandura (1977), self-efficacy is a determinant of how one thinks, feels, and behaves. Therefore, the main research question will examine the following:

“When connecting with nature, what, if any, are the perceptual changes in self-efficacy in adult men and women in the United States?” 

More details of the research protocol will be posted here in the upcoming weeks.

Time of study: Oct to Nov, 2020

Time commitment as a participant, if approved: Approximately a total of two to three hours of your time (15 for questionnaire 1 and consent forms, 30-45 mins for interview protocol completion if approved for the study, and 60 minutes if interested in attending the final results presentation in December, 2020.)

Compensation: This is a voluntary, unpaid study. You will be invited to consider participating in the dissertation research study in 2022.

Interested? Please use the “Contact” button below to leave your information.  Your email is required to continue communication from this point forward.

Thank you! A community’s voice can move mountains! Let us begin.

Deepa Ram-Souza, MA, LMFT

If you have quick questions, please reach out:

dramsouza@mymail.ciis.edu

or

john@elementalguidance.com

808-657-5507