Educational Background

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago
M.A. in Social Anthropology, Harvard University
B.A. in Civilizations, University of Chicago


David Lukoff is a licensed psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Sofia University. Areas of expertise include treatment of schizophrenia, transpersonal psychotherapy, spiritual issues in clinical practice, and case study methodology. He incorporates transpersonal approaches in his clinical work including meditation, compassion training and guided imagery, as well as leading groups on spirituality. He is author of 70 articles and chapters on spiritual issues and mental health, co-author of the DSM-IV category, “Religious or Spiritual Problem,” co-president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, founding board member of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and also maintains the Spiritual Competency Resource Center at

He has served on the faculties of Harvard, UCLA, Oxnard College, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Saybrook. He has been an active workshop presenter providing training for psychologists in spiritual competencies in areas such as loss and grief (UC Berkeley), death and illness (SSU, CIIS), spiritual problems and emergencies (Esalen, CSPP, CIIS, SSU, JFK), as well as abroad in Japan, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Russia, Romania, Portugal, France, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, Latvia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, and England.