Dr. Wendel Ray is the holder of the Frances Davis Hammond Professorship in Education.
He serves as professor of Family System Theory in the Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral and master degree programs at ULM. He is a Senior Research Fellow and former director of the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif.
His research, teaching and clinical expertise is in cybernetics, communication and system theory as applied in understanding human behavior and interactional/systemic therapy. He travels widely, conducting teaching seminars and lectures across North and Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
He is the author of more than 75 juried journal articles and book chapters. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including:
- "Insight may cause blindness and other essays by Paul Watzlawick' (co-edited with Giorgio Nardone, 2008, forthcoming)
- "Selected Paper of the MRI Brief Therapy Center" (co-edited with Richard Fisch, M.D., forthcoming)
- "Don D. Jackson: Selected Essays at the Dawn of an Era, Volume 1 (2005)" and "Volume 2" (edited, forthcoming)
- "Propagations: 30 Years of influence from Mental Research institute" (co-edited with John Weakland)
- "Resource Focused Therapy" (co-authored with Bradford Keeney); "Evolving Brief Therapies: In Honor of John H. Weakland" (co-edited with Steve de Shazer)
- "Irreverence: A Therapists' Guide to Survival" and "The Cybernetics of Prejudices in the Practice of Psychotherapy" (co-authored with Gianfranco Cecchin and Gerry Lane).
In 1987, he founded and was first director of the Don D. Jackson Archive of Systemic Literature; he currently serves as senior archivist.
About the Endowment:
The Frances Davis Hammond Professorship in Education endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.