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Dr. Matthew James

Matthew B. James, MA, Ph.D., is President of Kona University, offering integrative psychology and clinical therapeutic degrees. Dr. James delivers seminars and cultural trainings throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. Due to his expertise on post traumatic stress disorder PTSD, indigenous cultures and his research on forgiveness, Dr. James is often quoted in magazines, newspapers and has been featured on Fox News, CNN Headline News and many other TV and radio shows around the world.

As an international speaker and educator, he embodies the principles he teaches. His new book, The Foundation of Huna: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, details forgiveness and meditation techniques used in Hawaii for hundreds of years. Dr. James carries on the lineage of one of the last practicing kahuna of mental health and well-being. These traditions span 28 generations and have been presented to the United Nations to further peace amongst diverse countries and cultures.

The focus of Dr. James' educational commitments include stress reduction, trust between practitioner and client, as well as rapport building to improve efficacy and results in the healing arts. Furthermore, Dr. James focuses on leadership models to improve communication within families, organizations and communities.

Dr. James' degrees include an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Ph.D. in Health Integrative Psychology from Walden University. His residency was at Indiana University. His dissertation was titled "Ho'oponopono: Assessing the Effects of a Traditional Hawaiian Forgiveness Technique on Unforgiveness," and is available in print, or online through UMI or ProQuest. He can be reached through