Psychology Comes Alive

PSYCHOLOGY COMES ALIVE is an experiential learning blog site that reinforces creative and critical thinking skills in students and allows students to apply music, drama and the arts to their studies in psychology.

Bruce L. Thiessen, Ph.D., aka Dr. BLT, is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his Ph.D. at California School of Professional Psychology (APA accredited); his Master of Arts in General Experimental Psychology at California State University, Fresno, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Fresno Pacific University.

Dr. Thiessen is also a professional freelance writer, and a singer/songwriter—one who often wakes up in the morning with several new songs already beginning to rock and roll around in his head.

Dr. BLT is a Candian-born, Bakersfield-sound-grounded genre-busting artist, and San Diego County resident whose has recorded numerous CDs, and has also written and produced albums for other artists.

Dr. Thiessen’s singular ability to seamlessly integrate psychology with modern forms of musical expression are based on a philosophy and approach to the field that is summarized in an article of his published in the Journal of Creative Research:
Sheding the Stagnant Slough Syndrome

Dr. Thiessen has over 20 years of teaching experience. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate psychology courses throughout California at California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant University (Fresno, Sacramento and Los Angeles sites); Chapman University (Suisun Valley, Travis Air Force Base, Edwards Air Force Base, College of the Canyons, and Visalia); National University; Bethany College and Fresno Pacific University (Bakersfield).


This is truly an historic event of this new blog site, Psychology Comes Alive. It’s a site where students showcase their talent while reinforcing their knowledge and the knowledge of their peers by bringing course content to life. We do that with acting and singing. It’s a site where students hang out, like the beatniks did back in the day, to reflect on important subjects of the day, from the perspective of psychology. But we’re not too educated, and to highfalutin to be grounded in the music of the Bakersfield Sound, a musical influence that is seamlessly integrated into the various productions.