Ann-Marie Neale

Ph.D Secretary


Dr. Ann-Marie Neale is a faculty member, education coordinator, and member of the board of directors at the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in Abilene, Texas.  She earned a BA in English and Psychology, an MA in Psychology, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan.  Dr. Neale was a registered nurse prior to going back to college in her 30s. She worked in psychiatric, cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, and operating room hospital settings.   Reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl in 2004 had a profound impact on Dr. Neale’s life, prompting her to take the Logotherapy courses offered through The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.  In June 2009, she earned her Diplomate in Logotherapy under the supervision of Dr. Ann Graber and began teaching in the Distance Learning Program in November 2009.  Teaching Logotherapy to students from all over the world continues to be a meaningful aspect of her life.  For her Diplomate Project, Dr. Neale wrote a 2-act play that takes place in the afterlife entitled The Heavenly Group: We are not saints and is about Logotherapy and recovery from alcohol and drug abuse.  In 2017, Dr. Neale was honored with The Rosemary Henrion Memorial Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership during the 21st World Congress on Logotherapy held in Dallas, TX USA.  In 2019, Dr. Neale received The Statue of Responsibility Award “in grateful recognition of devoted leadership in promoting internationally the work of Viktor E. Frankl, MD, PhD” during the 22nd World Congress on Logotherapy held in Dallas, TX USA.   Dr. Neale is also an Accredited Member of The International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna.  She is the Karen Horney Professor of Counseling and Psychology at The Graduate Theological Foundation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she supervises doctoral theses and projects, offers e-courses on topics such as the teachings of Dr. Viktor Frankl, adulthood and aging, women and addiction, and the personality theory of Dr. Karen Horney.  Dr. Neale was a disaster mental health specialist with the American Red Cross for 10 years and teaches courses on survivors and first responders of natural disasters and community trauma.  Other professional work includes contributing her expertise in neuropsychological testing and evaluation to a forensic neuropsychology team and editing workbooks and manuals that utilize Logotherapy principles.  Dr. Neale is editor of the 2020 manual entitled Transcending Grief by Marie S. Dezelic, PhD and Gabriel Ghanoum, PhD.  She is a contributor to the 2017 book entitled Hearth to Heart: Sparks and Flavours of Meaningful Living edited by Maria Marshall and Edward Marshall.  In August 2020, Dr. Neale presented a talk via Zoom on women in the modern world to Soulo Conversions in India.  In September 2020, she presented a talk via Zoom on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy to The Awareness Foundation in Kalkata, India.  Dr. Neale has been privileged to supervise Diplomate Projects and teach the principles of Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy to students throughout the world including Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Jakarta, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, Venezuela, and the United States of America.  Because of her commitment to the teachings of Viktor Frankl, Dr. Neale feels blessed to have colleagues, students, and friends all over the globe.  She volunteers on the local and state level for organizations dedicated to the recovery from alcohol and drug abuse.  Somehow Dr. Neale finds time to spend with her family and friends, read historical novels and biographies, and attend live Improv shows and musicals.  She finds inspiration and hope from Viktor Frankl’s message that there is meaning to be discovered in every moment of life.   Dr. Neale’s favorite quotes are: “Suffering has meaning if it changes you for the better” (Yehuda Bacon) and “Life has meaning to the last breath” (Viktor Frankl). 

Teaching Methods

Email: Yes
Telephone: Yes
Online (Skype, Zoom, etc.): Yes
Group (maximum of 6)
On-Site, place to be announced: Yes
Online (Skype, Zoom, Etc.): Yes