Dr. Valle received his doctoral degree in Social Psychology and has served as a professor in behavioral-experimental and existential-phenomenological departments of psychology at major universities. He has published extensively, including five books as well as over 40 professional journal articles and book chapters, in the areas of social, clinical, humanistic, existential-phenomenological, transpersonal, and philosophical psychology. Following his post-doctoral clinical training, Ron has served clinically as a psychologist for over 30 years, specializing in clients with chronic pain and stress-related disorders, and with those facing a life-threatening diagnosis and their families. A long-time practitioner and teacher of meditation, Dr. Valle developed the Integrated Therapy Program for Transforming Stress and Pain while director of an outpatient university hospital pain clinic. He is editor of Phenomenological Inquiry: Existential and Transpersonal Dimensions, senior editor of Metaphors of Consciousness, and first author of Opening to Dying and Grieving: A Sacred Journey.