Travis Christian was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. His multidisciplinary interests include such diverse topics as psychology and neuroscience, physical and mental health, mindfulness and meditation, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics), peace and nonviolence, social justice, simple living, religion and spirituality, and much more.
Travis is currently a Senior at Portland State University where he is working on finishing his Bachelor of Science in liberal studies with a psychology minor and a neuropsychology concentration. Travis is a McNair Scholar preparing for a summer research project exploring depression in Multiple Sclerosis using an exciting technology called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) under the supervision of Dr. Jacqueline Bernard, M.D., F.A.A.N. at Oregon Health & Science University. At PSU, Travis has been honored to serve as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Dr. Bill Greisar Ph.D.’s Psychology as a Natural Science course (PSY 200), and a Perception course taught by Bill Greisar and Portland artist Jeff Leake (PSY 347). Travis has also served as vice president of the Psychology Club and the graphic designer for the Neuroscience Club at PSU.
Prior to transferring to PSU to finish his B.S., Travis was a Religious Studies major at Marylhurst University, where he also worked at their IT help desk. He is deeply fascinated by the variety of way people conceive of and relate to the concept of the Divine, and his own spiritual path is very important to him as well. Travis identifies as a Quaker, although his approach to spirituality is also heavily influenced by the teachings of Buddhism, Sufism, Judaism, and the examples of figures like Francis of Assisi, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and countless others who have been moved by the power of the Inner Light.
Outside of academia, Travis currently works as a Detox Technician for a substance abuse treatment center in Portland, Oregon where he serves individuals struggling with addiction to alcohol and opioid drugs. In his limited free time, Travis enjoys volunteering with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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