Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D.

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Program Chair, Ph.D. programs

Educational Background

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Social Psychology – Stanford University

MA., Anthropology/Ethnohistory – University of Texas at San Antonio

Ph.D. Anthropology – University of Texas at Austin



Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. is a social anthropologist, researcher, award winning writer, and charismatic public speaker. She serves as President Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Additionally, she is a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she focuses on health and healing, and board member of Pacifica Graduate Institute.

For more than three decades, Marilyn has been a leader in the field of consciousness studies. Her research and extensive publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, extended human capacities, and mind body medicine. She has a depth of leadership experience in government, business, and the not-for-profit sectors. Her broad and varied work has given her a unique ability to help individuals and organizations identify and develop personal and interpersonal skills and capacities needed by 21st century leaders.

Her books include:

  • Consciousness and Healing
  • Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine
  • Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life
  • Death Makes Life Possible.

She also wrote and produced a feature film, Death Makes Life Possible, with Deepak Chopra, that has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is currently creating enrichment programs for life long learning and health professionals.