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Founding Members

Holly Han - PsyD, The Malama Collective

Holly Han - PsyD

Holly Han, PsyD, LMFT is a practicing clinician who runs a private practice in Garden Grove, CA. She has also taught various courses at Newport Psychoanalytic Institute. Holly specializes in substance use disorders and has been the clinical director at several residential treatment settings and has worked in collaborative court settings.  She is currently a supervising and training analyst at The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Newport Psychoanalytic Institute.

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Why Malama?

The Hawaiian word Malama means to take care of, tend, attend, care for, preserve, and protect (Hawaiian Dictionary by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert 1986). Malama can be an action and a way of life. As a daughter of Hawaii when we were thinking of a name for our project the Hawaiian word malama came to mind as it captured the essence of what it is that we aim to foster which is a community based on care and tending for each other. A community that includes those that we know, those that we don’t yet know, and the larger world.

Rochelle Green - PhD - The Malama Collective

Rochelle Green - PhD

Dr. Rochelle Green holds a PhD in Philosophy, a Certificate in Psychoanalysis, and an MA in Anthropology.  She has served in academic appointments in Philosophy, Women’s and Gender Studies, Anthropology, and Global Studies Departments at various Universities and Colleges in Maryland, Arkansas, and California. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Green has been in clinical practice for 6 years while continuing to participate in programs facilitating social justice and human rights work.

In addition to her work with The Malama Collective, Dr. Green is active in efforts to bring philosophical inquiry to public life,and as such is working to establish The Sophree Center for Public Philosophy, a center for the free exchange of ideas, philosophical reflection and education, as well as community based learning in Tustin, CA. Dr. Green continues to research and publish at the intersection of her multidisciplinary interests and to donate her time to the cultivation of community based learning, and providing support services for underserved populations.  Her most recent publication is her book, Theories of Hope: Exploring Affective Dimensions of Human Experience.

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Allison Merrick - PsyD - The Malama Collective

Allison Merrick - PsyD

Allison Merrick, Ph.D., Psy.D., RP, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, San Marcos and a trained Research Psychoanalyst with a private practice. Her academic work focuses in on how moral values shape self-understanding, particularly how such values can empower and enliven or constrain and deaden us. Merrick has written numerous articles on the moral philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, the affect of shame, as well as ethical issues in medicine, which have been published in many scholarly journals and edited volumes. At present Merrick is co-editing a book, Nietzsche and Politicized Identities.

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Lisa Maurel - LMFT - The Malama Collective

Lisa Maurel - LMFT

Lisa Maurel, LMFT holds a BA from UC Irvine in Social Ecology, and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has been a continuing education provider, and guest teacher, facilitating courses on LGBTQIA Affirmative psychotherapy and Cultural Humility. Lisa works at the intersections of depth approaches to pain, decolonization, soul wounding and healing in community. Lisa specializes in LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy and facilitates a collective private practice of queer providers dedicated to queer mental health needs. She is currently developing retreats to weave somatic and nature based practices, story, and council practice as a vehicle for engaging analytic work in the crucible of community.

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