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UC’s Aganov Publishes First Book


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. –University of the Cumberlands (UC) adjunct professor Dr. Sam Aganov recently published his first book. The Neuroscience of Personal Growth: Exploring the Neural Dynamics of Change and Development is about the process of personal growth and the neural changes that occur during it.

According to the description on the back cover, the book “is an examination of some of the most fascinating research from the field through the prism of personal growth. It explores how we can create, maintain, and continuously improve the neural architecture supportive of positive change and development.”

“The book is for helping professionals who wish to shift the focus from the concept of treating a symptom, an illness, or a person to one of assisting people in their development, for anyone passionate about facilitating positive change and growth in those around you, and for those who see the process of self-discovery and improvement as a perpetual yet noble quest,” says Aganov.

Aganov has always considered personal growth as one of his passions. He started working on his book as part of his doctoral dissertation thesis to integrative study of the topic, to merge the "soft science” of the human mind with the "hard science” of the human brain, and to create a new way of defining what psychology as a discipline can do for people. After completing his dissertation, his academic advisor suggested that he offer his work up for publication.

Aganov has been a professor at UC for four years, providing online instruction for both the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and M.A. in Professional Counseling programs. He is also the Assistant Director of the Study Abroad in Oxford. Aganov spends a portion of each academic year in residence at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, a Permanent Private Hall of University of Oxford University. Aganov is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the California Institute for Human Science where he teaches graduate and postgraduate psychology courses.

When asked about his position at UC, Aganov said, “It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience so far. My colleagues have been a great source of professional support and growth, and the students continue to give my work here a lot of meaning—they are inquisitive, intellectually restless, and eager, with solid academic ethics and lots of passion—all any professor can ask for!”

Aganov currently lives in Kiev, Ukraine.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Rhyana Barker, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant.