Associate Core Faculty Member

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University
M.A. in Creative Arts Therapy, Hofstra University
B.F.A. in Fine Art Photography, School of Visual Arts
NY State Licensed and National Board Certified Creative Art Therapist


Dorit Netzer is an associate core faculty member of the hybrid online/face-to-face Ph.D. program in psychology. In addition to her teaching and dissertation committee work at Sofia, Dorit is an art therapist in private practice ( She works with children, individuals, couples, and families with a focus on healing as a spiritually-oriented creative growth. In her approaches to education and therapy, Dorit incorporates creative expression and other imaginal modalities, such as mental imagery and dream work.

Dorit’s research interests extend into the applications of transpersonal, transformative education and therapy and include areas such as personal and social development through creativity and creative expression, the healing imagination, dreams as a way of knowing, embodied spirituality, spiritual relationship with the natural world, transpersonal collaborations, and nonviolent communication. She is well conversed with qualitative research methods, including heuristic research, intuitive inquiry, art-based research, experiential research, organic inquiry, cooperative inquiry, personal and collective narrative, and action research.