Robert Wood, PhD.Sofia Core Faculty, Chair-Transpersonal Studies

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Robert grew up in rural Utah on a farm. He earned a Juris Doctor, an M.B.A., an M.S and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Utah. He is also a licensed C.P.A.

After a career in business Robert was drawn to teaching. He taught finance at the University of Utah and University of Oregon. As the result of a life changing event Robert began an exploration of spirituality that led him to study shamanism and transpersonal psychology.

Robert earned an M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University and a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, now Sofia University. He is currently serving as Chair of Transpersonal Studies at Sofia University, where he also teaches several courses.

Robert and his wife, Nora, have been married for 50 years. They have six children and 10 grandchildren.

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Credentials: PhD, MATP, JD, MBA, MS, CPA


Pronouns (optional): He, him

Research Interests (Ph.D. Faculty): Archetypes, Hero’s Journey, Ecopsycholgy


  • Ph.D. Psychology (Concentration in Transpersonal Psychology) – Sofia University (formerly ITP)
  • J.D. – University of Utah
  • M.A. Transpersonal Psychology – Naropa University
  • MBA – University of Utah
  • M.S. Economics – University of Utah
  • B.A. Economics – University of Utah

Educational Research:

  • Ph.D. Psychology – Dissertation: Psycho-Spiritual Transformation Experienced by Participants of Modern Wilderness Rites of Passage Quests: An Intuitive Inquiry
  • M.S. Economics – Thesis: The Impact of Capitalism on Individual Self-Actualization

Licensures & Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


  • Wood, R. (2007). The archetypal experience of a modern vision quest. East Coast Sandplay Journal, 8(1), 1-9.

Research & Training Interests:

Ecopsychology, transformation through nature, vision quest, shamanism, archetypal psychology, and psychospiritual transformation, intuitive inquiry, and quantitative psychological research.

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

Nancy (Ilana) Rowe, Ph.D.Core Faculty

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