Portrait of Robert SanteeRobert G. Santee, Ph.D.

Dean, Behavioral Sciences
Professor, Psychology
Division of Behavioral Sciences
Email: rsantee@chaminade.edu
Phone: (808) 735-4720


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


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.

Dr. 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.

Academic Degrees

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

Selected Conferences, Talks and Speaking Engagements

2004-2013 Stress Management Workshop Hogan Entrepreneurial Program Chaminade University, Hawai’i

6/10/04, 6/16/06, Stress Management Workshop Kalihi Palama Health Center Kualoa Ranch, Kaneohe, Hawai’i

02/07/14- 02/09/14 Taijquan Energy training, Zhanzhuang, Sun style Santi stance and 5 Elements Xingyi Wushu Professor Wu Dong, Beijing Sports University, China Honolulu, Hawaii

12/05/13- 12/08/13 Yin Style Baguazhang circle walking, changes, applications and the Seven Star Staff. Master Wang Shangzhi, Beijing, China Honolulu, Hawaii

8/2/12- 8/3/12 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Advanced Mindfulness Techniques for Clients Donald F. Sloane, LCSW Honolulu, Hawaii

8/4/11- 8/5/11 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.

5/31/11- 6/12/11 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 St

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 Tuina 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

6/14/04- 6/18/04 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

5/25/00- 5/29/00 The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference IV Milton Erikson Foundation Anaheim, California