Dr. Bruce Peltier

Specialist in Hypnosis for Dental Anxiety & Executive Coaching
Dr. Bruce Peltier
Dr. Peltier

Former President of the San Francisco Academy of Hypnosis, Bruce Peltier, Ph.D., M.B.A., brings a unique and extensive background through his use of hypnosis in dentistry and executive performance. Dr. Peltier is a licensed psychologist, and Professor of Psychology at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He is also an executive coach in San Francisco.

With more than 50 articles published in professional journals, Dr. Peltier is a sought-after trainer and consultant to dental professionals as well as the business executive community. He lectures regularly in the United States, London, and South Africa, and his book, The Psychology of Executive Coaching is in its second printing.

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Education and Professional Details

  • B.S., Engineering and Leadership, US Military Academy, West Point
  • M.Ed., Educational Psychology, Wayne State University in West Berlin
  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit
  • M.B.A., Eberhart School, University of the Pacific
  • Internship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Additional Training: Stanford University, Georgetown University, and Loyola of Chicago
  • California Psychologist #PSY 8308 (1/16/84)
  • California Marriage and Family Therapist #MFT 16014 (3/16/81).
  • American Psychological Association
  • California Psychological Association
  • American Dental Education Association
  • APA Division of Consulting Psychologists
  • American Dental Ethics Association (Past President)
  • Dental Faculty Council, University of the Pacific (Past Chair)
  • Behavior Science Section, American Dental Education Association (Past Chair)
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honor Society
  • University of the Pacific, United Methodist Teacher/Scholar of the Year, 2000-2001.
  • Peltier, B. (2001). The Psychology of Executive Coaching. New York: Brunner-Routledge. (Second printing).
  • Peltier, B. (2005, in press). Hypnosis in Dentristry. In Behavioral Dentristry Edited by Nostofsky, Forgione, and Giddon. Black-well-Munksgaard Publishing.
  • Martin, J., Peltier, B., & Glassman, P. (2001). Mental health practitioners and dentists in collaboration: Smiling from the inside out. Innovations in Clinical Practice. Vol 19.
  • Peltier, B. (1997) Ethical considerations in managed care. New Practitioners Manual. California Dental Association.
  • Peltier, B. (2004). Some observations on truth claims in a profession. Journal of the American College of Dentists. Vol 71 (2).
  • Hasegawa, T., Mathews, M., & Peltier, B. (2004). Ethical Dilemma; Friend or patient...or both? Texas Dental Journal. April.
  • Peltier, B. (2002). Care and commerce: Doctors don't sell stuff. Mouth, The Journal of the American Student Dental Association. Vol 22 (2).
  • Peltier, B. (2001). The Ethical Responsibility of Professional Autonomy. Journal of the California Dental Association. July, Vol 29 (7), 522-525.
  • Hasegawa, T.K., Mathews, M., Peltier, B., Witherspoon, D. (2001). The Endodontist's Painful Dilemma. Texas Dental Journal. 118 (7):559-562.
  • Peltier, B. (2001). Reflection, introspection, and communication: A Psychologist's view of dental ethics. Journal of the American College of Dentists. Vol 67 (4) Winter.
  • Peltier, B. (2000). Doctors, patients, and transitions. Journal of the American College of Dentists,Vol 67 (3) Fall.
  • Peltier, B. (2000). Discursive ethics, conflicts of interest, and the elephant in the reception area. Journal of the American College of Dentists. Summer, 67 (2).
  • Peltier, B. (2000). Welcome to "Ethics in Dentistry." Journal of the American College of Dentists. Spring, Vol 67 (1).
  • Peltier, B, and Glassman, P. (2000). Dentist - Psychologist Collaboration: The case of the anxious patient. The Independent Practitioner. Winter, Vol 20 (1).
  • Fredekind, RE, Cuny, EJ, Peltier, B., and Carpenter, WC. (1999). The hepatitis B e-antigen positive dental school applicant. Journal of Dental Education. Vol 63 (10), October.
  • Peltier, B. (1998). Response to unethical behavior in oral health care. Journal of the American College of Dentists. Vol 65 (3).
  • Miller, C., Peltier, B., and Monosoff, T. (1997). What do patients want? Patient satisfaction data and institutional change. (Abstract). Journal of Dental Education. 61 (2): 200.
  • Peltier, B. (1996). Practical ethics in the managed care era. Journal of the California Dental Association. 24 (8). (also published as the cover article in the Journal of the Michigan Dental Association. March 1998)
  • Glassman, P., and Peltier, B. (1996). Treatment stragegy reduces patient fears. Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society. Vol 45 (2).
  • Glassman, P., and Peltier, B. (1996). Guidelines for the administration of local anesthesia in fearful dental patients. Journal of the California Dental Association. 23 (9) September.
  • Dower, J., Simon, J., Peltier, B. & Chambers, D. (1995). Patients who make a dentist most anxious about giving injections. Journal of the California Dental Association. September.
  • Peltier, B., Dower, J., Simon, J. & Chambers, D. (1995). The injection procedure as a source of stress for dentists. General Dentistry. Vol 43 (6) November/December. (Selected for inclusion in Current Practice 1996.)
  • Simon, J., Peltier, B., Chambers, D., & Dower, J. (1994). Dentists troubled by the administration of anesthetic injections: Long term stresses and effects. Quintessence International. Vol 25 (9). (selected for Year Book of Dentistry, also published in the Japanese edition of Quintessence: Vol 14 (5), May 1995.)
  • Harness, D., Peltier, B., & Tanabe, T. (1994). Correlation of psychological and clinical characteristics in the facial pain populations. American Journal of Pain Managment. Vol 4 (3).
  • Glassman, P., & Peltier, B. (1993). Treatment of high and low fear individuals. Journal of the California Dental Association. Vol 21 (3).
  • Harness, D., & Peltier, B. (1992). Comparison of MMPI scores with self-report of sleep disturbance and bruxism in the facial pain population. Cranio: The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice. 10 (1).
  • Peltier, B., Telch, M.J., & Coates, T.J. (1982). Smoking cessation with adolescents: A comparison of recruitment strategies. Addictive Behaviors. 7 (1).
  • Peltier, B. (1979). The effects of differential recruitment procedures, reinforcement methods, and focused smoking on the cigarette smoking behavior of adolescents: An experimental study. Doctoral Dissertation, July.
  • Peltier, B. (1978). Process components of effective group counseling. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work. Vol 3 (3).
  • Krumboltz, J. D. & Peltier, B. (1977). What identifies the counseling psychologist: Method or Results? The Counseling Psychologist. Vol 7 (2).

Other Professional Activities

  • Professor, University of San Francisco (teaches courses in psychopathology, diagnosis and assessment, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, research methods, and brief therapy.
  • Expert consultant (case review), California State Board of Psychology.
  • Mentor, Annual Conference on Ethics in America. USMA, West Point.
  • Editorial Board, Issues in Dental Ethics, Journal of the American College of Dentists.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of the California Dental Association.
  • Oral boards examiner (for licensure), California Board of Psychology.
  • Oral boards examiner (for MFT licensure), California Board of Behavior Science.
  • Consultant to Dental Board of California (licensing exam development).
  • Consultant to California State Board of Behavior Science Examiners (licensing exam development).
  • Co-Director, California Institute of Clinical Hypnosis (with Maggie Phillips).

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