Roger Callahan, May 8, 1925 – November 4, 2013

Dr Roger CallahanThe world lost a great man.

Born on May 8, 1925, Roger Jerry Callahan was 88 years old.  Dr. Callahan was a pioneer, an intellectual, and, above all, a humanitarian.  He was passionate, not just about helping people, but challenging our beliefs about accepted psychological principles and healing in general.

He was a successful psychologist. But he was unsatisfied with the results that traditional psychotherapy yielded.  He began a lifelong quest to find a more effective treatment.  After years of research, trial, and error he founded the energy psychology therapy known today as “Thought Field Therapy.”  In his long life, he found immense personal satisfaction through healing countless people around the globe who suffered emotionally and physically.

He was a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Syracuse University. Past President of the American Academy of Psychologists in Marital and Family Therapy and the Michigan Society of School Psychologists, Dr. Callahan was taught at the University of Michigan and Syracuse University.  He was an Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University, a Research and Clinical Psychologist at Michigan’s Wayne County Training School, and he is a current Fellow of the American Academy of Psychotherapists Treating Addiction.

He had demonstrated his TFT tapping therapy on Good Morning America, Phil Donahue, CNN, Regis & Kelly, LEEZA, Oprah, and other television and radio shows worldwide.


Roger wrote numerous books, including, “Tapping the Body’s Energy Pathways,” “Stop the Nightmares of Trauma,” “The Rapid Treatment of Panic, Agoraphobia and Anxiety,” “Why Do I Eat When I’m Not Hungry?” “It Can Happen to You:  The Practical Guide to Romantic Love,” and “The Anxiety Addiction Connection.”

Of particular note are his humanitarian efforts with war veterans and victims of genocide living in Rwanda. Through TFT, these victims are able to experience rapid and permanent relief of post- traumatic stress disorder.  TFT-trained therapists are training leaders in these communities so that they may continue to the process of healing in their own countries.

Roger proudly served his country as a radio operator in the air force during World War II.  He loved music, chocolate, boxing, tennis, his dogs, and Tom Brady.  He was so very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great granddaughter.  In his later years, he enjoyed watching “Dancing with the Stars” and anything on “The Tennis Channel” with his wife, Joanne, who took such impeccable care of him.

Roger is survived by his loving wife, Joanne; his children, Patti, Amy, Martha, and Scott; his grandchildren, Jennifer, Ryan, Katie, Haley, Tessa, Charlie, Will, and Jack; and his great granddaughter, Madi.

I have been blessed to have shared nearly 25 years with a wonderful man.  One who has left the world with a powerful tool for the healing of our mind, body and spirit.

One of Roger’s favorite quotes was by Sir Francis Bacon, “God’s job is to hide things and man’s job is to find them.”  He spent his life trying to find “them”.   With a single-minded focus, he began searching for better ways to help his patients.  He then turned that focus toward finding better ways
to facilitate self-healing around the world, and for all.

roger-dogs2Roger lived with passion and a zest for living life to the fullest.  He had a deep conviction and understanding of the importance of what he was receiving and developing.  He persevered against all odds to bring us this gift of healing.  He was a true pioneer in a field whose time has now come.

His gift has profoundly changed the lives and transformed entire regions of traumatized countries – taking them from Trauma to Peace.  This will continue to expand across our chaotic planet.

His work is no longer just about tapping away fear or anger, but about lifting ourselves out of separation and conflict, to a place of love and peace.  I have witnessed this evolution and am honored to be able to help share his gift with a world that so desperately needs it.

Please join me as we continue his legacy of sharing TFT with the world – with all.

Joanne Callahan

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The TFT Foundation, to help complete the documentary on TFT and Roger’s work in Rwanda, as well to help The TFT Foundation to continue its work in helping treat trauma worldwide. Donations may also be sent to:

The TFT Foundation
PO Box 1220
La Quinta, CA 92247

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