Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, Ph.D.

Graduate School of Transpersonal Studies

Educational Background

Ph.D., Institute of Experimental Medicine, Russian Academy of Medical Science (1989)

M.D. (Pediatrics), St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University (1980)

M.A. Religious Studies (equivalent), Vladimir Antonov School, USSR (1989)

Ordination, Ministry of Mind-Body Healing, Association for the Whole Person, Petaluma, CA, USA (1998) Specialization in Neurodiagnostics, Psychological Assessment and Psychotherapy, Bekhterev PsychoNeurological Research Institute, St. Petersburg (1988) Certified teacher of Vedanta and Kundalini Yoga


Olga Louchakova-Schwartz is Professor Emerita of Psychology and Comparative Religion at Sofia University. She is a “legacy faculty” who joined the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 1993. After completing her medical training, she wrote her doctoral dissertation, and later worked as senior scientist, at the Pavlov Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. At the same time, she became interested in philosophy and spiritual psychology, and taught human development, transformation, and meditation in the School of Contemporary Hesychasm, in Russia.

At ITP/Sofia, Olga taught classes in phenomenological philosophy and methods, neurophenomenology and cognitive science, qualitative research management, comparative religion, spirituality and human development. She was a Founding Director of Transpersonal Education and Research Specialization (2004-2014), World Wide Learning Exchange Program (2007-2013), and the Neurophenomenology Center (2007-2015).

From 2015-2016, she held the position as Chair of the Doctoral Programs in Psychology (online) and MA/PHD in Transpersonal Psychology (residential).