Behavioral Sciences | Faculty Profiles : Robert Santee

Robert G. Santee, Ph.D.

Behavioral Sciences Room 105A
Tel (808) 735-4720
3140 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Psychology • Dean, Behavioral Sciences Division

Dr. Robert Santee is Professor of Psychology, Dean of Behavioral Sciences, the Director of the Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology Program, and the Coordinator for the undergraduate Psychology program.

Robert SanteeDr. Santee has a Ph.D. in Philosophy (general focus in Asian Philosophy, specific focus in Chinese Philosophy and a specialization in Daoism), a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (focus in assessment and psychometrics), a Masters in Counseling and Guidance (Community Counseling), a Masters in Philosophy (specialization in Daoism), and a Masters in Educational Foundations (focus on examining teaching methods of Kendo). Dr. Santee is a Nationally Certified Counselor and author of An Integrative Approach to Counseling: Bridging Chinese Thought, Evolutionary Theory and Stress Management (Sage Publications, 2007), and The Tao of Stress: How to Calm, Balance, and Simplify Your Life (New Harbinger Publications, 2013).

Dr. Santee has developed and teaches Daoist Psychology, Buddhist Psychology, Psychology of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Health and Stress Psychology, and Evolutionary Psychology in the undergraduate psychology department. He also has developed and teaches Introduction to Chinese Thought, Taoism (Daoism) and Confucianism for the religion department. At the graduate level, he teaches a class in Health, Stress Management and Counseling and a class in Cross-Cultural Counseling. Taijiquan(T'ai Chi Ch'uan), and Qigong(Ch'i Kung) are incorporated in both graduate classes, all three religion classes, and three of the undergraduate classes.

His examination of the relationship between Western counseling, Chinese thought, evolutionary theory/psychology, the stress response and stress management has resulted in writing and presenting papers at conferences in Taipei (Taiwan), Tiantai (China), Chengdu (China), and Honolulu, Hawai'i. His exploration of the relationship between Western Counseling and Chinese thought has been guided by his training in Chinese martial arts. He is a student, practitioner, and teacher of Taijiquan (T'ai Chi Ch'uan), and Qigong (Ch'i Kung). He is also a practitioner and student of Baguazhang (Pa Kua Chang) and Xingyiquan (Hsing I Ch'uan).

Dr. Santee has been appointed and certified in Fujian Province, China by the Board of Directors of the Fujian Chinese Wushu Development Center as a Wushu Coach. Dr. Santee is a senior instructor (Taijiquan and Qigong) for the Xiaxing Martial Art Association (Xiaxing Wushu She) of Hawaii.

He has been employed full-time at Chaminade University since fall 1994. Prior to coming to Chaminade, Dr. Santee worked 16 years as an operating room technician assisting in surgery. He then worked 5 years for the State of Hawai'i Department of Education as a Psychological Examiner administering IQ, Achievement, and Personality tests.


B. A., Philosophy, Psychology, Religion.
M. A. Philosophy, M. Ed. Educational Foundations, M. Ed. Counseling and Guidance.
Ph.D., Philosophy, Ph.D., Educational Psychology.
University of Hawai'i

National Certified Counselor


Undergraduate Psychology:

  • Daoist Psychology
  • Buddhist Psychology
  • Psychology of T'ai Chi Ch'uan
  • Health and Stress Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology of Death and Dying

Religious Studies:

  • Introduction to Chinese Thought
  • Taoism (Daoism)
  • Confucianism

Graduate Studies:

  • Health, Stress Management and Counseling
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling


Date Title Publisher, Journal, Volume, or Conference Location
Zhuangzi's Butterfly: It's Time for a Change. The Empty Vessel. Volume 21, 2.
11/1/13 The Tao of Stress: How to Calm, Balance, and Simplify Your Life New Harbinger Publications
Taihequan Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness Volume 23, No.3 pp. 42-50
Daoism and Counseling: An Integrative Approach for Adapting to the Environment. The American Psychological Association's Annual Convention. Washington D.C.
August 2011 The Zhuangzi: A Holistic Approach to Health Care Living Authentically: Daoist Contributions to Modern Psychology. Edited by Dr. Livia Kohn. Three Pines Press. 39-58
The Concept of Mother in the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi The Seventh International Conference on Daoist Studies, Nanyue, Hunan, China
Summer 2011 The Yijinjing. Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness. Vol 21, No. 2
Winter 2011 Wuwei: The Daoist Art of Happiness The Empty Vessel
Summer 2010 Sun Style Taiji Qigong: Daoist Internal Alchemy Qi: Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness - Volume 20, No. 2
Spring 2010 Liezi: The Forgotten Daoist Text? The Empty Vessel, Spring 2010
Sitting in Forgetfulness and the Relaxation Response: An Inquiry into Managing the Physical and Psychological Symptoms of Chronic Stress Sixth International Conference on Daoist Studies: Daoism Today: Science, Health and Ecology, in Los Angeles
6/18/09-6/22/09 Circle Walking: Daoism, Baguazhang, and the Relaxation Response The Fifth International Daoist Studies Conference - The Past, Present, and
Future of Daoism, Wudangshan, Hubei, China
June 2008 Stress Management and the Zhuangzi Journal of Daoist Studies, Volume 1 2008
Potentials for Daoist Health Care in America The 4th International Conference on Daoist Studies: Daoism in Action. Hong Kong
5/18/07 An Integrative Approach to Counseling: Bridging Chinese Thought, Evolutionary Theory and Stress Management Sage Publications
Winter 2007 The 100 Character Tablet of Lu Dong Bin with the Commentary of Zhang San Feng The Empty Vessel
Winter 2006 A Daoist Tea Ceremony The Empty Vessel
Cultivating Emptiness: The Practice of Xinzhai, An Ancient Daoist Solution To The Problem of Chronic Stress International Conference of Daoist Cultivation and its Modern Value. Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
Summer 2005 An Exploration of an Early Source: Nourishing Life, Cultivating Qi, and Qi Gong Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness, Volume 15, No. 2
May 21-23,
Carl Rogers and the Dao De Jing: A Comparative Study The Proceedings of International Conference on Taoism at Mt. Tiantai and Zhejiang. Tiantai, Zhejiang, China
Winter 2005 Wandering Through the Dao, While the Dao Roams Through All: The Dao of the Dao De Jing The Empty Vessel
7/22/04 A Daoist and an Existential Psychotherapist: A Comparative Study 1st World Hong Ming Philosophy Conference. Honolulu, Hawai'i
5/24/04 Asian Perspectives and Western Counseling: A Harmonization Third Biennial International Conference on Intercultural Research. Taipei, Taiwan
12/03 An Inquiry into the Dao of the Dao De Jing World Hong Ming Philosophical Quarterly
Summer 2003 Chang: Embracing the Ordinary The Empty Vessel
3/8/03 Stress Management, Evolutionary Theory, and Taoism: An Integrative Approach Hawai'i Counseling Association Annual Meeting. Honolulu, Hawai'i
2/03 Learning Within a Philosophical Framework Tai Chi, The International Magazine of Tai Chi Chuan
Winter 2003 Xin Zhai The Empty Vessel


Workshops Presented
2004-2013 Stress Management Workshop
Hogan Entrepreneurial Program
Chaminade University, Hawai'i
Stress Management Workshop
Kalihi Palama Health Center

Kualoa Ranch,
Kaneohe, Hawai'i

Workshops Attended
Taijquan Energy training, Zhanzhuang, Sun style Santi stance and 5 Elements Xingyi
Wushu Professor Wu Dong, Beijing Sports University, China
Honolulu, Hawaii
Yin Style Baguazhang circle walking, changes, applications and the Seven Star Staff.
Master Wang Shangzhi, Beijing, China
Honolulu, Hawaii
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness

Advanced Mindfulness Techniques for Clients
Donald F. Sloane, LCSW
Honolulu, Hawaii
First Responder Stress
Addictions Update on Evidence-Based Practice
Clinical Health Psychology Evidence-Based Practice
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Mindfulness Skills Training From an Evidence-Based Perspective
A Multilevel Framework for Understanding, Treating,
and Preventing Obesity
American Psychological Association 119th Annual Convention 2011
Washington D.C.
Yin Style Baguazhang circle walking, changes, applications and the Scholar Straight Sword
Master Wang Shangzhi, Beijing, China
Taiji Yangsheng Staff
Wushu Professor Wang Yulin, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Beijing, China
8/15/2010 Zen Vipassyana: How to Practice Awareness Meditation Ara Ryokan Sensei
Tendai Betsuin
Honolulu, Hawaii
6/2/2010 - 6/6/2010 Applied Qi: Jing Gong from Qingchengshan - Bernard Shannon

Wudang Daoist Taiji - Zhou Xuanyun

Breathing Mechanics to Dissipate Emotional Toxins - J. Michael Wood

The Seated Eight Brocades: Yangsheng Practice & Medical Theory - Suzanne Friedman

Integral Three Treasures Alchemy: San Bao Cultivation - Roger Jahnke

Nourishing Qi through Tai Chi Chih Shen Gung (Ruler) - Carl Totton

Daoist Liturgy: The Mijue Tradition - Michael Saso
Sixth International Conference on Daoist Studies: Daoism Today: Science, Health and Ecology, in Los Angeles
6/24/09 - 7/3/09 Yin Baguazhang, circle walking, 8 basic changes, applications
Master Wang Shangzhi,
Beijing, China

42 Form Taijiquan,
Standing Baduanjin Qigong,
Wushu Professor Wang Yulin,
Tsinghua University,
Beijing, China

Beijing, China
1/10/09 Medical and Non-Medical Applications of Mindfulness Meditation
Thanh V. Huynh, M.D.
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Honolulu, Hawaii
August 2008 Cheng style Baguazhang
Sun Style Taiji Qigong
Wushu Professor Wu Dong, Beijing Sports University, Beijing, China
Honolulu, Hawaii
6/15/07 - 6/26/07 Cheng Baguazhang, circle walking, 8 changes, application
Swimming dragon form, Sitting Baduanjin, 8 form Baguazhang Zhanzhuang
Wushu Professor Wu Dong

Sun Style Taijiquan
Jin Xialiang, Wushu Instructor
Chinese Medicine
Beijing Sports University
Beijing, China
2/11/06 Mindfulness
Jon Kabat-Zinn
University of Hawai'i
Clinical Training in Mind/Body Medicine
Dr. Herbert Benson
Harvard Medical School
Mind/Body Medical Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Inn at Longwood Medical
Boston, Massachusetts
The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference IV Milton Erikson Foundation
Anaheim, California