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Barry Isa Naster, Ph.D.
Dr. Naster has a Doctorate in Human Learning, a Masters in Behavior Modification,
both from Southern Illinois University, and a BA in Psychology from
the University of Florida. The author or co-author of over fifty
articles in professional journals, his academic performance also won him
the Brecht Scholarship Award at the University of Florida, and
receipt of a Graduate Fellowship Award at Southern Illinois
University. During his 15-year tenure at Florida Mental Health Institute
at the University of South Florida, he received their first
Outstanding Achievement Award in Academics.
Isa is a licensed psychologist in Florida and North Carolina, and a member
of the North Carolina Psychological Association and the American
While working as a senior
clinician in the Intensive Residential Treatment Program at the
University of South Florida, Isa introduced major clinical advances. It was
here that he developed the concepts for Inner Awareness Mastery NOW. The effectiveness of this
unique program was extensively
researched by comparing it with state and community hospitals, and was found
to be superior in satisfaction, duration of stay and reduced recidivism.
Isa has been on numerous television and radio programs, presenting his
views on mental health, and has presented his I AM NOW concepts in
over one hundred seminars, workshops and training programs nationwide. The
unique methods he developed have been accepted and used extensively by the
State of Florida in their prison systems, mental health centers and state
hospitals, as well as in many private Florida facilities.
Isa is the founder of I AM NOW, a personal growth retreat in Lake
Lure, NC, where he teaches the use of the I AM NOW principles and
meditation. He also conducts groups in the program and offers certification
to becoming an I AM NOW facilitator.