Academic Vita









Baylor University





Baylor University

Organic Chemistry


Hydrogenolysis of Aryloxy Compounds by Lithium Aluminum Hydride



University of Texas at Austin

Clinical Psychology


Intelligence, Creativity, and Waiting Ability in Young Children with Imaginary Companions


Baylor University

Chemistry & Biology Lab Instructor


North Texas State University

Instructor of Chemistry


Virginia Commonwealth University

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Mary Hardin-Baylor University

Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Physics


University of Texas at Austin

Research Assistant in Psychology


University of Washington Medical School

Clinical Psychology Intern


Austin State Hospital

Staff Psychologist


Austin-Travis County Mental
Health-Mental Retardation

Director of Training


Part-time private practice

Clinical Psychologist


Southwest Texas State University
(renamed Texas State University Sept., 2003)

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology
Professor of Psychology
Distinguished Professor Emerita


Aoibashi Family Clinic, Kyoto, Japan

Director of International Division


Osaka International University for Women, Osaka, Japan

Professor of Psychology



Human Psychological Development
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Consciousness
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Health Psychology

The Japanese Psyche (Honors Course; also OIUW, Japan)
Individual Studies (research) and (practicum)
Japanese Women (at OIUW, Japan)
Mental Hygiene (graduate)
Abnormal Psychology (graduate)


Private practice in Clinical Psychology
Licensed by Texas State Board of Psychological Examiners
Listed in Roster of Health Service Provider in Texas.

Present lectures and workshops on topics like meditation, parallels in world religions & “new” science, Japanese culture (tea ceremony, verbal and non-verbal communication, women, etc.), stress management, depression and suicide, holistic health & health psychology, communication skills, spiritual development, aging, death & dying.


Delta Kappa Gamma (honorary national teacher's society), 1967–69.

Appointed as a Danforth Associate by the Danforth Foundation in recognition of outstanding contributions as a teacher, especially to student values and student-teacher relationships, 1980.

Unanimously nominated by Psychology Department faculty as Minnie Piper Professor, Fall, 1995.

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Southwest Texas State University, May 2002.


Valedictorian Scholarship, Baylor University, 1952–53.

BA "cum laude" (3.7 GPA); MS with 3.8 GPA.

PhD with 4.0 GPA and only one of class of 24 to:
receive grant funding for 2nd year research project
receive grant funding for dissertation research
pass qualifying exams “with Distinction.”

National Institute of Mental Health Graduate Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 1969–70.

Clinical Psychology Internship Fellowship, University of Washington Medical School, 1972–73.

13th SWTSU Presidential Seminar Award, Meditation as a Practical Stress Management Technique, Chautauqua Room, SWT, Fall, 1983.

Fellow, Japan Studies Institute, American Association of State colleges and Universities, San Diego State University, Summer, l993.

Fellow in Midorikai Program, Urasenke Foundation, Kyoto, Japan, July, l996 – June, 1998.


Fling, S. Effects of Meditation vs. Eyes-Closed Sitting as related to Motivation and Expectancy. Organized Research Grant, 1978–79. Amount: $897.

Fling, S. Effects of Meditation vs. Assertiveness Training on Anxiety, Perceived Control, & Assertiveness. Organized Research Grant, 1979-80. Amount: $1,245.

Fling, S. & McKenzie, P. Holistic Approaches to Children's Mental Health in the Public Schools: Relaxation and Cognitive Rehearsal Training. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 1980-81. Amount: $11,000.

Fling, S. A Visitation Program for Institutionalized Elderly. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 1982–84. Amount: $11,000.

Fling, S. Relationships between Children's Videogame Play and their Self-esteem and Aggression, Faculty Research Enhancement Grant, 1991, $3775.

Fling, S. Psychological Aspects of The Way of Tea. Research Scholarship, Midorikai Program, Urasenke Foundation. 1996–98. $24,000.


Fling, S., Safady, R., Schwausch, T., & Wright, L. (1983). Relaxation/covert rehearsal for problematic children: A pilot study. In Shorr, J. E., Sobel-Whittington, G., Robin, P., & Conella, J. A. (Eds.), Imagery, Vol. III. New York: Plenum Press, 331–340.

Fling, S. (1986). Imagery activities in a creative art class for elders. In Wolpin, M., Shorr, J. E., & Krueger, L. (Eds.), Imagery, Vol. IV., New York: Plenum Press, 121–129.

Fling, S. (1987). The use of the Psalms in psychotherapy. In Morrison, M. (Ed.), Poetry As Therapy. New York: Human Sciences Press, 100–111.

Fling, S. (1995) Japanese self-processes. In Field, S. (Ed.) Selected papers of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies. San Antonio: Trinity University, 1–6.

Fling, S. (1997). The Japanese Self. In Speaker, Jr., R. B., & Kawada, L. M. (Eds.) Japan studies through the Lenses of Different Disciplines Maryville, MO: Japan Studies Association, 17–24.

Fling, S. (2000). Values in psychology. In Chattopadhyaya, S. N. (Ed.) Culture and Quest. Calcutta: Sri Bamapada Das, 32–39. (invited article for book)

Fling, S. (2005). Peace psychology and women's issues. In Chattopadhyay, S.N. (Ed.) World peace: Problems of global Understanding and prospects of harmony. Calcutta, India: Punthi Pustak.


Fling, S. & Manosevitz, M. (1972). Sex-typing in nursery school children's play interests. Developmental Psychology, 7, 146–152.

Manosevitz, M., Fling, S., & Prentice, N. (1977). Imaginary companions in young children: Relationships with intelligence, creativity, and waiting ability. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 18, 73–78.

Ginsburg, H., Fling, S., Hope, M., Musgrove, D., & Andrews, C. (1979). Maternal holding preferences: A consequence of new born headturning response. Child Development, 50, 280–281.

Fling, S., Thomas, A., & Gallaher, M. (1981). Participant characteristics and two types of meditation versus quiet sitting. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 37, 784–790.

Henry, F. L., Sawyers, P. L., & Fling, S. (1983). Creative living through the arts for elders. Trends (Journal of the Texas Art Education Assn.), 2, 41–44.

Fling, S. & Black, P. (1984-86). Relaxation/covert rehearsal for adaptive functioning in fourth-grade children. Psychology and Human Development, 1(2), 113–123.

Fling, S., Prieto, M. M., & Rosenwasser, S. M. (1986). Perceptions of same-versus cross-sex-typed physical stance. Social Behavior and Personality, 14(2), 183–192.

Rosenwasser, S. M., Rogers, R. R., Fling, S., Silvers-Pickens, K., & Butemeyer, J. (1987). Attitudes toward women and men in politics: Perceived male and female candidate competencies and participant personality characteristics. Political Psychology, 8(2), 191–200.

Fling, S., Smith, L., Rodriguez, T., Thornton, D., Atkins, E., & Nixon, K. (1992). Videogames, aggression, and self-esteem: A survey. Social Behavior and Personality, 20(1), 39–46.

Fling, S., Henson, M., Mendoza, S., Phillips, C., Selby, B., & Zednick, M. (1995) The Japanese psyche: A new course demonstration. The National Honors Report, XVI (2), 34–35.

Kanai, A., Wakabayashi, M., & Fling, S. (1996) Workaholism among employees in Japanese corporations: an examination based on the Japanese-version Workaholism Scales. Japanese Psychological Research, 192–203.

“ ” (also published in Best Papers Proceedings of Association of Japan Business Studies Annual Conference, Nagoya Japan, June, 1996)

Fling, S. Heresy in psychology: the new paradigm. (1996) Kyoto Journal, 10th Anniversary Edition, 33, 80–81.

Fling, S. (1998) Psychological aspects of the Way of Tea. Japan Studies Association Journal, 2, 29–36.

Fling, S. From Russia with love. (February/March 2000) AHP Perspective, 12–13.

Fling, S. (2000, September-December). The psychology of peace through the Way of Tea. Anuvibha, 5, II, 136–138. (publication of the Anuvrat Global Organization, a non-profit socio-cultural organization dedicated to peace and non-violent action, India).

Fling, S. (2000, September-December). Psychological research on causes and remedies of violence.” Anuvibha, 5, II, 45–47. (publication of the Anuvrat Global Organization, a non-profit socio-cultural organization dedicated to peace and non-violent action, India.

Fling, S. (2000). Values in psychology. In Chattopadhyaya, S. N. (Ed.) Culture and quest. Calcutta: Sri Bamapada Das, 32–39.

Fling, S. (2001) Stress management and conflict resolution via the Way of Tea. Japan Studies Association Journal, 3, 65–72.

Fling, S. (2002). Research and training in peace psychology. In Chattopadhyaya, S. N. (Ed.) Culture and quest. Calcutta: Comilla Press.

Fling, S. (2004). Naikan Therapy: A report and analysis. Japan Studies Association Journal, 5, 19–26.


Fling, S. & McKenzie, T. (1982, April). Relaxation/covert rehearsal for problematic children. Resources in Education, ED 230287 (indexed October, 1983).

Fling, S., Henry, F., & Sawyers, P. (1982, April). Creative health for elders through psychology and art: A pilot study.”Resources in Education, ED 234326 (indexed February, 1984).

Fling, S. & Tayloe, B. (1983, April). A visitation/training program for institutionalized elderly. Resources in Education, ED 234307 (indexed February, 1984).

Wright, L. & Fling, S. (1983, April). Perceptions of self and parents among college students of different sexual orientations. Resources in Education, ED 235444 (indexed March, 1984).

Fling, S. (1984, April). A comparison of meditation with other relaxation techniques. Resources in Education, ED 247473 (indexed January, 1985).


Fling, S. (1978). The state of our union. Holistic Health News, II, No. 1, 5. (circulation 3000).

Fling, S. (1978). Meditation research and practice. Holistic Health News, II, No. 7, 1. (circulation 3000).

Fling, S. (1981-82). Transpersonal opportunity in the public schools. Association for Transpersonal Psychology Winter Newsletter, 5-7.

Fling, S. (March, l997). Integrating Cross-Cultural Communication. AFC News. Aoibashi Family Clinic, Kyoto, Japan.


Fling, S., Thomas, A., & Gallaher, M. (1982, Spring). Participant characteristics and the effects of two types of meditation vs. quiet sitting. Behavioral Medicine Abstracts, 3, 84–85.

Wright, L. & Fling, S. (1983). Perceptions of self and parents among college students of different sexual orientations. College Student Personnel Abstracts, 19,(1), 26.

Fling, S. (1983, June). Depression vs. grief: A transpersonal psychology/Christian perspective. Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Conference of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology. Palo Alto: Transpersonal Institute.

Fling, S. (l992) A method for training and evaluating counselors. In Motoaki, H., Misumi, J, & Wilpert, B. (Eds.). Social, Educational and Clinical Psychology, Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 270.

Fling, S. (l993, July) An American's experience of Naikan therapy. Proceedings of the International Congress of Health Psychology, Tokyo, Japan.

Fling, S. (1993, August) Experiences of mental health in Japanese Christian, Jodo, Rinzai, and Soto Buddhist Practices. Abstracts of the World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health, Chiba, Japan.

Fling, S. & Flood, T. (1996, Winter) Sexual aggression in college athletes, fraternity members, and psychology students. Higher Education Abstracts. 31(2), 157.