Human Emotions Incorporated: providing

tools to culture Emtional Wisdom, Student Succes and Balance in Life

Ray Launier: Author/Inventor


Raymond A. Launier, Ph.D. 

Santa Barbara, CA 93109

email: [email protected]

Professor, retired, from the Department of Psychology at Santa Barbara City College. Duties include teaching classes in general psychology, personality theory, abnormal psychology, child development, social psychology, life-span development, and research methods. Actively involved with the EQD emotional stress balance, WISE student success and student learning outcomes projects. Served as Psychology Department Chair for 2 years and elected as Social Sciences Division Academic Senate for two 3-year terms. Developed the Emotology Q-Deck, a Q-sort to measure and improve emotional life. Developed the Wellness Inventory of Student Effectiveness, a software based inventory of 18 areas related to student success. Excellent teaching evaluations from 8/96 to June 2015.

As a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology, from 9/93 to 6/96, at Savannah State College, one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, I taught undergraduate classes in psychology, in course areas of general psychology, mental health, research methodology, tests and measurement, and health psychology. Secondary duties included developing the psychology minor into a major, conducting applied research in the area of emotional health and stress balance, and chairing the committees on computer-aided instruction and faculty development. Research activities focused on emotional stress balance and health promotion.

Formerly, from 1/88 to 9/93, I functioned primarily as a Counseling/Clinical Psychologist. My specialties were in the brief-therapy treatment of psychoactive substance use disorders, stress disorders, depression and anxiety disorders, marital conflict, psychological testing for learning disability, vocational, psychiatric and personality assessment, with use of both standardized and projective tests. I conducted workshops on stress management and burnout, and I provided psychotherapy at Star LodgePsychiatric Hospital. I also taught graduate level courses for MFCC students at the University of San Francisco in multi-cultural counseling, advanced counseling techniques, and diagnostic assessment. 

Previously, from 11/86 to 12/87, I served in the capacity as the Assistant Director/ Coordinator of Testing for the University of New HampshireCounseling & Testing Center. The three main areas of responsibility in this position included: one, providing for the psychological testing needs of U.N.H. students in the areas of learning disability, psychiatric disorders, vocational testing, and graduate school entrance exams. Secondly, I assisted in the management needs of the Center with its staff of 15 in areas involving policy and procedures, performance appraisal, in-house research, hiring, report writing, training and supervision of interns. Third, I provided direct services via individual and group therapy and consultation to residential staff.

Before then, from 12/84 to 9/86, I served in two half-time positions. First, as the ProgramCoordinator of the U.C.S.C. Health Center Drug Abuse Program, I was responsible for developing and directing this new unit whose main purpose was to reduce the problems associated with drug use among students. The P.E.T. drug program had preventive, educational and treatment branches. Conducting habit control groups, providing training to residential staff on confronting drug abuse in the dorms, completing a baseline survey on patterns of drug consumption on campus, and working with community and campus groups to reduce drug abuse were key strategies of intervention. Concurrently, I also worked as a Staff Psychologist at Star Lodge: a 30 bed psychiatric hospital specializing in poly-drug and other disorders, doing psychological testing, counseling and groups. 

In a prior capacity, from 9/83 to 9/84, I had worked as the rehabilitation Program Director of Harbor Hills: a 99 bed, long-term care, locked psychiatric hospital. The prevailing diagnostic categories of patients included schizophrenia and organic brain syndrome related to alcohol and drug abuse. The duties of the position involved supervision of two clinical supervisors and 45 psychiatric aides. I conducted daily group sessions with the patients, directed the daily interdisciplinary staff conferences on patient treatment plans, wrote reports to the State for third party payment, provided in-service training, worked closely with State and County agencies, and was responsible for all aspects of program development and operations. Implementing an outward-bound group for the patients, tranquilizing the environment through meditative music, and streamlining paperwork were key contributions made during this year of service. 

From 4/81 to 6/83, I won and completed a contract with the City of Palo Alto in which I served as a Health Resources Coordinator to the city police department. The department had a series of stress disability cases filed, at a cost of hundreds of thousands to the City. By implementing a stress-reduction and health-enhancement program, stress levels were reduced. Sick leave, absenteeism and personnel turnover were reduced. There were no more stress disability cases filed, burnout was relieved, and morale was up. The program was refunded by the City and continues to this date. 

In my first post-PhD. position, from 7/79 to 2/81, I served as the Executive Director of Sunrise Senior Services of Santa Cruz County. I was responsible to a Board of Directors for the overall performance, supervision, training, budget and public relations of this agency with its staff of 15. This proved to be a successful intervention in revitalizing a needed agency and in doubling its service delivery effectiveness in providing holistic health services to its frail elderly clientele. 

Graduate School Years  Prior accomplishments during my graduate school years from 1973 to 1979 included working as the Assistant Research Director on a stress and coping project with Dr. Lazarus at U.C. Berkeley. Duties included planning, grant proposal writing, instrument development, interviewing, supervision and data analysis. As a Teaching Associate through a special teacher-training program under the direction of Dr. Covington at U.C.B., I taught my own classes in introductory and developmental psychology, and was a teaching assistant in the course areas of psychopathology, stress and coping, and personality. Concurrent with my graduate studies at U.C. B., I held a Fellowship at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute. My doctoral research involved the development, testing and validation of a Q-sort procedure to measure, record and change individual patterns and dynamics of emotional life. I completed my M. A. at the University of Chicago with the Committee on Human Development with my thesis on types of depression and stress in later life. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B. A. in psychology from Berkeley. Excellent references are available upon request. 

Published Works

(2014). Culturing Emotional Wisdom. Create Space: Amazon.

(2006). EQD. The Emotology Q-Deck. (4th Generation) Human Emotions Incorporated.

(2004).  Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning in Relation to the Student Learning Outcomes Model.

(2004). W.I.S.E. Students Succeed Project.  CD and Student Guide for the Wellness Inventory of Student Effectiveness. Mason, Ohio: Thomson Publishing.

(2000). W.I.S.E. Students Succeed. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

(1998).  Self-Assessment for Success Screening Inventory.

(1997). Stress balance and emotional life complexes in students in a historically African American college. The Journal of Psychology, 131, 2, 175-186.

(1996). The Emotology Re-creational Guide. Human Emotions Inc.: Savannah.

(1976).Instructor manual: Patterns of Adjustment. New York: McGraw Hill

Lazarus, R. S. and Launier, R. (1981). Stressbezogene Transaktionen zwischen Person und Umwelt. In: Nitsch, J. R. (Hg.). Stress. Theorien, Untersuchungen, Masnahmen. S. 213-259. Bern: Verlag Hans Huber

Launier, R. A. (1980). Human emotions. Their measure and pattern of occurrence in aging. Dissertation Abstracts International. Vol. 40, No. 7, pg. 3371-B.

Lazarus, R. S. and Launier, R. A. (1979). Stress-related transaction between person and environment. In L.A. Pervin and M. Lewis (Eds.) Perspectives in interactional psychology. NY: Plenum.

Launier, R. A. and Kahn, R. (1975). Types of stress and depression in later life. The Gerontologist, Vol. 5  

Unpublished Works

(2007). Theoretical construct, purpose and validity of the Wellness Inventory of Student Effectiveness in the WISE Students Succeed Project.

(2006). Strengthening student success. A quasi-experimental, multivariate, repeated measures test of the Prochaska model of Development.

(2006). Toward culturing emotional wisdom. From EQ to EQ+D.

(1997). SBCC student’s self-assessment for success scale.

(1996). Sources of stress, health habits and optimism in the emotional life and stress balance of African American college students.

(1995). Emotology: the nature and nurture of human emotions.

(1995). In search of excellence in teaching.

(1994). Measuring emotional life, stress balance and predictors in African American college students. Poster presentation at the Southeastern Psychology Association Conference, March 23, 1995, Savannah, Georgia.

(1989). Being, Doing and Having in the nine layers to the Self. 

(1985). Golden Gate Bridge. From the shores of addiction and distress to the far banks of health and happiness.

(1985). Levels and patterns of drug use and abuse on campus.

(1984). A stress management program for a California police department.



Ph.D. Psychology, University of CaliforniaBerkeley.

M.A. Social Sciences, The University of Chicago, Committee on Human Development.

Fellow, NICHD, Human Development Program, Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, SF.

B.A. Psychology, University of CaliforniaBerkeley.

A.A. Liberal Arts, Hartnell CollegeSalinas

Certificated Weather Observer, U.S. Air Force, Michigan and Viet Nam