Kelly Yi, Ph.D., Transpersonal

Kelly Yi, Ph.D., Transpersonal

The Board of Trustees of Sofia University is the corporate body established by the charter with complete responsibility for the government and welfare of the University and all the interests pertaining thereto including students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


Kelly Yi, Ph.D., Associate chair of Sofia university’s former Psy.D program.

Education: Ph.D., Transpersonal


Ph.D., Transpersonal Psychology, Clinical, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, Accredited by WASC, CAPIC member, September

M.A., CounselingPsychology, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, June 2003

B.A., Double Major in Psychology and Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, magna cum laude, August 1997

Educational Research:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

The Mind and Life Institute – Investigated the interface between education, developmental neuroscience, and contemplative practices in facilitating well – being across the lifespan.

Dissertation Research 
The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology – Explored the nature of long term mindfulness training and its role in well – being. Utilized both qualitative (Heuristic and Narrative) and quantitative methods of data collection, analysis and presentation.

Licensures & Certifications:

Certified Realization Process Meditation Teacher

Certified Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Certified Hypnotherapist

Research & Training Interests:

Existential, Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, Psychology of Anomalous Experience, Dreams, Dreamwork, Lucid Dreaming, PTSD Psychology and Healing, Creativity, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts, Human Development, Parapsychology, Consciousness and Spirituality, Phenomenology, Tibetan Buddhism, Documentary Filmmaking,Gender Studies, Women’s Empowerment, Waldorf Education, and HeartMath.


Yi, K. (2017). Recontextualizing “mindfulness”: Considering the phenomenological enactment of clinical, spiritual, and religious realities. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 4, 209-215.

More faculty members:

Dorote Weyers-Lucci, Ph.D.Faculty: Bachelor's Completion, Global College, Master of Business Administration

Simone M. DiMatteo, Ph.D.MBA Program Chair and Core Faculty

Jennifer M. Crane, LMFTProgram Chair

Michelle M. Daly, LPCProfessor

Jeng-Dau James Wu, DBAProfessor: MA of Business Administration

Robert Wood, PhD.Chair-Transpersonal Studies

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