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Charles Garfield
Charles Garfield

Charles Garfield

Shanti and UCSF School of Medicine

Oakland, CA USA

"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

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Day In The Life


I develop service oriented volunteer organizations and the training of volunteers in a wide variety of applications.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Mathematics, General

    Adelphi University

  • Doctorate

    Clinical Psychology

    University of California-Berkeley

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    When he was young, Russia launched Sputnik 1, America pushed kids into science and technology fields in response.

  • 2.

    Was working on the moon landing project-"a ticket to a career"-and decided he didn't want it.

  • 3.

    Didn't care as much about the project as he cared about the people that were working on it.

  • 4.

    Once it was clear that he loved studying people, he did everything he could to pursue it more, learn more.

  • 5.

    Says too many people follow "formulas" that pretend to be correct; doesn't think it's that crazy that he went from science to psychology.

  • 6.

    Joined the staff at the University of California, San Francisco's cancer institute.

  • 7.

    Most proud of the first thing he did: walked up and down a floor of dying patients and realized they were lonely and scared.

  • 8.

    Founded Shanti project, which had volunteers work with seriously ill and dying patients, the first of its kind.