Doctorate of Philosophy in Transpersonal Psychology Faculty

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D.

Our Program Chair

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., M.A. is a social scientist with a broad range of teaching, management, filmmaking, and research experience. She is the Dean of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, where she has worked since 2017. She is the former President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. For more than three decades, Marilyn has been a leader in the field of consciousness studies. She is a highly sought after teacher and lecturer, engaging her students in both theory and practice of our human potentials. Her research and extensive publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, extended human capacities, and integral health and healing.

She has a depth of leadership experience in government, business, and not-for-profit sectors. She has served on the Boards of Sofia University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Esalen Institute, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She is currently Vice President for the Parapsychological Association. Her broad and varied work has given her a unique ability to help individuals and organizations identify and develop personal and interpersonal skills and capacities needed by 21st-century leaders. She serves on editorial boards for The Permanente Journal, Spirituality and Health Magazine, and Explore Journal. She is the Executive Producer and writer, along with Deepak Chopra, of an award-winning documentary entitled, Death Makes Life Possible, which has been translated in several languages and includes an engaging training program. She has taught at Stanford, Trinity, and Harvard Universities and has lectured widely, including the United Nations, Smithsonian Institute, the Commonwealth Club, as well as community settings around the world.

Our PhD in Transpersonal Psychology Faculty

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John Elfers, Ph.D.


Renee Snow, Ph.D.


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