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Firpo Carr


I.          Designated Research Grant Recipient (2015)

Grant Title: "The Effect of Educational Intervention on Surgeons' Mental Anguish in Non-Blood Treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses"

Grant Awarded By: University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies


II.        Adjunct Faculty Member

(a) Center for Healthcare Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix (2014 - present)

(b) University of Phoenix (1994 - present): College of Humanities and Sciences; College of Health Professions (School of Nursing, School of Health Services Administration, and School of Public Health)

(c) University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension (1994)

(d) Mount Saint Mary's College (Los Angeles, Chalon Campus) (2004)


III.       Certified Advanced Facilitator

University of Phoenix

Courses Approved to Teach:

     (a) HCS/482 Health Care Informatics    

     (b) HCS/483 Health Care Information Systems

     (c) HCS/533 Health Information Systems          

     (d) HSN/375 Informatics for Patient-Centered Care      

     (e) HUM/115 Critical Thinking in Everyday Life

     (f)  REL/133 World Religious Traditions I (Eastern Religions)

     (g) REL/134 World Religious Traditions II (Western Religions

Article "Facilitating Classroom Harmony with the R.A.W. Deal" by Firpo Carr featured in December 2015 issue of Phoenix Rising: Faculty Newsletter, College of Humanities and Sciences

Lecture "Determining if Surgeons and Anesthesiologists Experience Anxiety When Considering Non-Blood Treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses" by Firpo Carr, September 2015, University of Phoenix Academic Research Symposium.

Article "Is Blood Transfusion a Dangerously Outdated 'Game'?" by Firpo Carr, June 2015, University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies, Center of Healthcare Research.

Lecture "Why 'Online Learning' Needs a New Name: Introducing the I.T.E.A.C.H. Modality" by Firpo Carr, September 2014, University of Phoenix Academic Research Symposium.


IV.       Psychologist, full member of the American Psychological Association (APA)

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Specialization: Health Psychology

Northcentral University


APA Division Membership:


Division 3: Experimental Psychology

Division 3 represents the interests and concerns of psychologists whose principal area of study or research lies within the field of general experimental psychology.


Division 24: Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

Division 24 encourages and facilitates informed exploration and discussion of psychological theories and issues in both their scientific and philosophical dimensions and interrelationships.


Division 36 - Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

Promoting theory, research and clinical practice to understand the role of religion and spirituality in people's lives.


Division 38 - Health Psychology

Advancing understanding of health and illness and encouraging the integration of biomedical information with current psychological knowledge.


Division 40: Society for Clinical Neuropsychology

Division 40 is a scientific and professional organization of psychologists interested in the study of brain-behavior relationships and the clinical application of that knowledge to human problems.


Division 48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology Division

Peace Psychology is where psychologists study and act to create conditions that favor egalitarianism, the well­ being of all, nonviolent resolution of conflicts, and harmony with the environment. 


Division 52: International Psychology

Division 52 represents psychologists who foster international connections engage in multicultural research/practice and promote global perspectives within and outside of APA.


Master's Degree, Management (1986)

University of Redlands.


Bachelor's Degree, Information Systems Management (1982)

University of San Francisco


V.        Student Advisory Board Member (2016)

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychology

Northcentral University


VI.       Student Affiliate Member (2014)

American Psychological Association (APA)


VII.     American Psychological Association (APA)

Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP)

APA Annual Convention in Denver, CO, August 4-August 7, 2016

Assigned Student Monitor (Representing CEP and APA)


     (a) "Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy: Thirteen Tools for

           Enhancing Psychological Health"

     (b) "Best Practices in Gifted Assessment"


VIII.     Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Contributions

     (a)  Coauthor of the article "Jehovah's Witnesses"

           in the two-volume encyclopedia set,

           African American Religious Cultures (2009)

     (b)  SOURCE: Publisher's Preface for Publication of

           Leningradensis [Codex Leningrad B19a, or,

           Leningrad Codex] • Released: 1998

"It is a source of pride for the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center, and West Semitic Research, along with the University of Michigan, to offer the world of biblical scholarship this facsimile edition of Leningradensis, the oldest complete Hebrew Bible in the world. A microfilm copy of the Codex which has been used for the printed editions of Biblia Hebraica (1937) and Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (1967/1977) has existed for over sixty years. A facsimile edition of the Codex using the available films was published by Makor Press in 1970. Even so, it was clear that the Codex should be rephotographed using the latest technology.

"Dr. Harold Scanlin, of the American and United Bible Societies, early in 1988 suggested we mount a project to do just that. Our trusties, Professor David Noel Freedman and Professor Astrid Beck of the University of Michigan, soon thereafter urged us to use our relations with the Saltykov-Shchedrin State Public Library in Leningrad, now The Russian National Library in St. Petersburg, to start conversations with contacts there about rephotographing the Codex.

"We had had acquisitions contacts with officials at the Leningrad library since October of 1981, but entertained little hope of getting their permission to go in and is our understanding that no foreign photographer or team had been allowed to do such work in their collection.

"Then came Soviet Chairman Gorbachev's policy of Glasnost and the window of opportunity we needed. A colleague at Claremont, Professor Fred Warner Neal, a sovietologist at the Claremont Graduate School, who frequently travels to that part of the world, approached the authorities at the Leningrad library on our behalf and initiated conversations about the possibility and feasibility of such a project. Professor Michael Klein of the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, who is editor of the Cairo Geniza fragments of the Palestinian Targum, knew the academic and library situation in Moscow and Leningrad and was a great help to us in mapping strategy.

"Firpo Carr of IBM, who had worked with Bruce Zuckerman on a couple of projects and knew Leningrad and the Library, made a friend of the Director of Oriental Manuscripts in the Library, Dr. Victor Lebedev, and talked with him about our intentions. Carr returned to assure us that there was lively interest in the project and provided us with valuable insights into the needs and situation of the Library."

National and International Conferences
Sponsoring Orgnazation: American Psychological Association (APA)
Poster Presentation Title: "Ambivalent Astrophysicists Suffer from ATG [Atheistastroagnosis]"
Date: August 8-11, 2019
Location: Chicago, IL.

Sponsoring Orgnazation: American Psychological Association (APA)
Poster Presentation Title: "Exploring Surgeons' Attitudes and Behaviors Toward the Bloodless Policy and Emergency Treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses Relative to Patient-Centered Care and Evidence-Based Medicine:A Multiple-Case Study."
Date: August 9-12, 2018
Location: San Francisco, CA 
Sponsoring Organization: Social Sciences Research Council and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Program Theme: "Workshop on the Medieval East Slavic Culture"
Lecture Title: "Recent Developments in Archeography" by Firpo Carr
Date: Sunday, June 3, 1990
Location: UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, California
Other Participants: Henrik Birnbaum (UCLA); Paul Bushkovitch (Yale); Daniel Collins (UCLA); Jame Cracraft (Illinois/Chicago); Robert Crummey (UC Davis); Michael Flier (UCLA); Christian Hannick (Trier); Paul Hollingsworth (Falls Church); Norman Ingham (Chicago); Edward Keenan (Harvard); Michael Khodarkovsky (Kalamazoo); Valerie Kivelson (Michigan); Boris Kloss (ANSSSR/Moscow); Nancy Kollmann (Stanford); Gail Lenhoff (UCLA); Jakov Luria (ANSSSR/Leningrad); Robert Mathiesen (Brown); Georg Michels (Harvard); Eduard Muhle (Mainz); Hugh Olmsted (Harvard); Donald Ostrowski (Harvard); Daniel Rowland (Kentucky); Nancy Sevcenko (Cambridge, Mass.); Olga Strakhov (Harvard); Nina Ulff-Moller (Copenhagen); William Veder (Amsterdam); Daniel Waugh (Washington)
Sponsoring Organization: The Intercollegiate Department of
Black Studies of the Claremont Colleges Annual Conference
Program Theme: "Outing Whiteness-Conference"
Lecture Title: "Racism and the Written Word" by Firpo Carr
Date: Saturday, February 7, 1998
Location: Pomona College, Seaver Theater, Claremont California
Other Participants/Panelists: Ann duCille, Department of Literature (UCSD); Robert Bernasconi, Department of Philosophy (The University of Memphis); Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze, Department of Philosophy (Bucknell University); Darrell Moore, Department of Philosophy (DePaul University); Greg Foster-Rice, Department of Art History (Northwestern University); Steven Nelson, Department of Art and Art History (Tufts University); Joel Eisinger, Department of Art History (University of Minnesota, Morris); Carl E. Briscoe, Jr., Ethnic Studies Program (California State University, Fresno); Kelly S. Ervin, Department of Comparative, American Cultures (Washington State University); Olufemi Taiwo, Department of Philosophy (Loyola University of Chicago); Sarah Susannah Willie, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (Swarthmore College); P. Gabrielle Foreman, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies (Occidental College); Elspeth Kydd, Department of Theatre, Film, & Video (University of Toledo); Frank K Saragosa, Department of English, Literature (Swarthmore College); Eve Oishi, Women's Studies (California State University, Long Beach).
Sponsoring Organization: Rotary International
Lecture Title: "Racism in the Dictionary?" by Firpo Carr
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 1997
Location: Van Rotary Club, Van Nuys, California
(Special note: A letter to Dr. Firpo Carr, dated December 5, 1997, from Judi Rose of the Rotary Club said in part: "Thank you so much for coming to speak at the Van Nuys Rotary Club. I'm sure you could tell that your presentation was very well received and excited a lot of comment. I got very good reviews from several of my fellow Rotarians and all were sorry that there was not more time for your presentation....Thank you again.")



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