Olga Louchakova-Schwartz is Professor Emerita at Sofia University. She is a “legacy faculty” who joined the Institute of Transpersonal in 1993. She is a comparative religionist, philosopher, psychologist and scientist. Her path on this exciting journey is shared below.
“After completing my medical training, I wrote my doctoral dissertation, and later worked as senior scientist, at the Pavlov Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. At the same time, I got interested in philosophy and spiritual psychology, and taught human development, transformation, and meditation in the School of Contemporary Hesychasm, in Russia. In 1992, I became Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, and was invited to teach at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. I spent wonderful twenty years at ITP, teaching and doing research. Now I am Professor Emerita of Psychology and Comparative Religion (from ITP/Sofia U), and teach at the GTU and Hult International Business School. I also volunteer as faculty member at the UC Davis School of Medicine.
I teach classes in phenomenological philosophy and method, neurophenomenology and cognitive science, qualitative research management, comparative religion, spirituality and human development. I also teach meditation and offer private counseling in Hridayam® Method which I developed as a result of my research.