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 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.