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:
Research & Training Interests: Ecopsychology, transformation through nature, vision quest, shamanism, archetypal psychology, and psychospiritual transformation, intuitive inquiry, and quantitative psychological research.
Anne Hsu, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist; MATPO Lead Professor
• Ph.D. Clinical Psychology- Saybrook University
• M.Sc. Clinical Psychology- National Taiwan University
• B.A. Psychology – Simon Fraser University
• A.R.C.T. Piano Performance – Royal Conservatory of Music
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology – Dissertation: The Lived Experience of Transcultural Identity Explorers: A Descriptive Phenomenological Psychological Study on Making a Life in a New Land
M.S. Clinical Psychology – Thesis: The Revising Sexual Addiction Assessment Tools for Taiwan’s Male Population: Preliminary Studies
• Licensed Psychologist (DORA)
• Psychotherapist (DORA)
• Clinical Psychologist (Taiwan)
• Psychological Counsellor Level II (China)
• ADOS-2 Certified
• EMDR Certified
• Certified Hypnotherapist
• Yoga Instructor Certified
• True Colors Personality communications Master Trainer
Humanistic Existential East and West Philosophies, Transcultural identity.
• Hsu, A. (2022) Working with the Self. In Hoffman, L., & Lac, V. (Eds). Handbook on Existential Humanistic Psychotherapy. American Psychological Association. (Manuscript in Preparation)
• Hsu, A., Broome, R., Mansilla, M., Phoon, E., Dias, J., Moats, M., Hoffman, L., & Yang, M. (2019). Existential Psychology Dialogues in China, Malaysia and Singapore: Continuing the Conversation. In Hoffman, L., Yang, M., & Kaklauskas, F.(Eds). Existential Psychology East-West (Volumn 1). Colorado Springs, Colorado: University Professor Press.
• Hsu, A. Y. (2017). I am the history that I will never be. In J. Dias., & L. Hoffman. (Eds) Connoisseurs of suffering: Poetry for the journey to meaning. Colorado Springs, CO: University Professor Press.
• Hsu, A. (2015). I mumbled, in Hoffman, L. & Moats, M. (2015) Capturing shadows: Poetic encounters along the path of grief and loss. Colorado Springs, CO: University Professor’s Press.
• Hoffman, L. & Hsu, A. (2015). The story of Irving Yalom: Review of Yalom’s Cure (2014), PsycCritique, 60(35). DOI:10.1037/a0039576
Alicia Hu, Ph.D.
• Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Purdue University
• M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling, National Changhua University of Education
• B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management, National Chiao Tung University
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology – Dissertation Title: The Construction and Validation of the Attachment to Parent/Caregiver Inventory
• Licensed Psychologist (WA, ID)
• Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist
• Certified Tension/Trauma Release Exercise (TRE) Facilitator
• Certified Associated-Director in Psychodrama
Body-mind interaction; integration of the eastern and western philosophy and healing modalities; experiential and somatic psychotherapy approach; complex interpersonal trauma recovery
• Westcott, A., & Hu, C.C., (2018). Bomji and Spotty’s frightening adventure: A story about how to recover from a scary experience. Hidden Strength Therapeutic Children’s Storybooks. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
• Westcott, A., & Hu, C.C., (2018). How Sprinkle the Pig escaped the river of tears: A story about being apart from loved ones. Hidden Strength Therapeutic Children’s Storybooks. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
• Westcott, A., & Hu, C.C., (2018). How little coyote found his secret strength: A story about how to get through hard times. Hidden Strength Therapeutic Children’s Storybooks. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Jeremy Zhu, Ph.D.
Psychological Counselling Supervisor
• Ph.D. in East-West Psychology, California University of Integral Studies (formerly California Institute of Integral Studies).
• M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School.
• B.A. in English, Beijing International Studies University (formerly Beijing Second Institute of Foreign Languages)
Ph.D. dissertation: The Ordinary Mind in Chan/Zen Buddhism and Its Psychological Significance
Certified Psychological Counseling Supervisor in China
Humanistic, transpersonal, integral psychology and psychotherapies, meditation practices as spirituality and means of healing and wellbeing, altered states of consciousness, reincarnation and heredity, grounded communication as an integrative therapy, non-violent communication
• Zhu, C. & Liu, H. (2022).On Becoming a Person: Perspectives from Carl Rogers, Huineng, WANG Yangmin, Ken Wilber. Beijing International Review of Education.
• Zhu, C. (2021). Chan Buddhism and Meditation. In M. Farias, D. Brazier & M. Lalljee (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Meditation. Oxford University Press. Published online in 2020.
• Zhu, C. (2020). Grounding and Communication as an Integrative Therapy. In C. Fracasso, S. Krippner,& H. Friedman (Eds.), Holistic Treatment in Mental Health: A Handbook of Practitioners’ Perspectives. Pp.259-272. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing Company, Inc.
• Zhu, C. (2013). C.G. Jung on the nature and interpretation of dreams—A developmental delineation with cognitive and neuro-scientific responses. Behavioral Sciences, 3, pp. 662-675.
• Zhu, C. (2012). Ordinary Mind：Meditation Initiated Integrative Therapy. In Thomas Plante (ed.), Religion and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith. Pp. 159-176. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger .
• Zhu, C. (2011). The Hermeneutics of Chan Buddhism: Reading Koans from the Blue Cliff Record. Asian Philosophy (UK), 21: 4, 373-393
• Zhu, C. (2009). Analytical Psychology and Daoist Inner Alchemy: A Response to C.G. Jung’s “Commentary on The Secret of The Golden Flower”. The Journal of Analytical Psychology (London), 54:4, 493-512.
Natascha Hsu, M.A.
• M.A. Dance Movement Psychotherapy – Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
• B.A. Double degree of Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts Major in Special Education and Chinese Literature – National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU)
MA, Dance Movement Psychotherapy –Final Clinical Report: ‘I Know I Can Dance Now!’: Working through Separation and Loss towards Integration in Dance Movement Psychotherapy for People with Learning Disability
• Reregister-Dance Movement Therapist of Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the UK（ADMP UK, R-DMP-1287）
• Certificated Dance Therapist of Taiwan Dance Therapy Association（TDTA, CDT 2002 031619 32）
• Sherborn Developmental Movement, Level-1&2
• Developmental Transformations in Drama Therapy（DvT231）
• The Foundation Training Course in Jungian Psychotherapy
• Developmental Trauma & the Polyvagal Nervous System Online Training
• Certificate in Special Education and Secondary Education Award by Ministry of Education
• Emergency Medical Technician Level 1 and Level 2 (EMT‐I & II)
Creative Expression Arts Therapies, Ecopsychology, Transformation through dance, drama, arts, nature, shamanism, archetypal psychology, and psychospiritual transformation.
Julie Xie, Ph.D.
• Ph.D. School Psychology – Temple University
• M.A. School Psychology – Temple University
• M.A. Educational Psychology – Beijing Normal University
• B.A. Teaching English as a Second Language – Qufu Normal University
Ph.D. School Psychology – Dissertation: Profile of Reading Levels and Difficulty in Chinese-American Children Whose English is Second Language.
M.A. Educational Psychology – Thesis: Prevalence and Impact of Shyness among Middle School Students in Beijing.
• Licensed Educational Psychologist #2667 (2002 to date) Fremont Unified School District
Application of Positive Psychology in school, home and professional settings; Parenting Education
• Xie, G. (2016). Being a School Psychologist in the USA. Beijing Normal University Publishing House.
• Xie, G. (2021). Learned Happiness: Handbook of Positive Families. Beijing Normal University Publishing House.
Robert Frager, Ph.D.
Co-Founder of ITP (Sofia University)
Founding president of Sofia University. He is the chair of the Master of Education in Transformational Arts program, a spiritual guide, transpersonal psychologist and Aikido teacher.
Robert is ordained as a sheikh, or spiritual guide, in the Sufi spiritual tradition and has been directing the spiritual guidance program at Sofia since 1998.
He has written several books on Sufism and Islam, and his personality textbook Personality and Personal Growth, written with Jim Fadiman, is now in its seventh edition.
Aleck Kwong, M.A.
Expressive Arts Therapist
• Master of Expressive Arts Therapy – The University of Hong Kong
• B.Sc. in Quantitative Finance – The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Master of Expressive Arts Therapy – Thesis: Efficacy of Expressive Arts Group Therapy on People Living with HIV/AIDS: A Case Study
• Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) – The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
• Registered Arts (Expressive Arts) Therapist (AThR) – The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association
• Austin Vocal Psychotherapist (AVPT) – Music Psychotherapy Center, New York
Expressive arts therapy, vocal psychotherapy, depth psychology, existential psychotherapy, dreamwork
• Kwong, M.-K. (2021). Freeing us from pandemic alienation: Tea-based online expressive arts therapy. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 12(3), 327-338.
• Kwong, M.-K. (2020). Making meaning out of intersectionality through expressive arts therapy: A case study. Creative Arts in Education and Therapy, 6(2), 127-140.
• Kwong, M.-K., Ho, R. T.-H., & Huang, Y.-T. (2019). A creative pathway to a meaningful life: An existential expressive arts group therapy for people living with HIV in Hong Kong. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 63, 9-17.
Angel Morgan, Ph.D.
• PhD – Saybrook University
• MA – Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
• BA – UCLA
• Certificate in Dream Studies
• Certificate in Creativity Studies – Saybrook University
• Waldorf Teacher Training – Rudolf Steiner College
• Quality Classroom Certificate – Institute of HeartMath
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.
• • Krippner, S., Saunders, D. T., Morgan, A., & Quan, A. (2019). Remote viewing of concealed target pictures under light and dark conditions. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. 15(1), 27-37.
• Morgan, A. K. (2018). Dreamer’s powerful tiger: A new lucid dreaming classic for children and parents of the 21st Century. Ashland, OR: The Dreambridge.
• Morgan, A. K. (2014, December). Dream sharing as a healing method: Tropical roots and contemporary community potential. Journal of Tropical Psychology, 4(e12). doi:10.1017/jtp.2014.12. Retrievable from Cambridge University Press
Brandon Thompson, M.A.
• M.A. – Transpersonal Psychology, – Sofia University (formerly ITP)
• B.S. Psychology – Morehead State University
M.A. Transpersonal Psychology – Thesis: Explorations with a Curriculum in Compassion
• Certified Transformational Life Coach
Ecstatic poetry as visionary art, Mahayana Buddhist compassion practices, the psychology of meditation
• Thompson, B. (2020). The practice and path of ecstatic poetry: Toward a new model for the facilitation of ecstatic verse. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 52(2), 204-223.
• Thompson, B. (2020). This is not my kingdom: Ecstatic Sovereignty. Kindle Direct Publishing.
• Thompson, B. (2018). Fire and the moon: Poems for my daughter. Kindle Direct Publishing.
• Thompson, B. (2017). The medicine is in the poison: Poems from the path of lojong. Kindle Direct Publishing.
• Thompson, B. (2015). From the back of a thirsty camel: Ecstatic longings. Kindle Direct Publishing.
• Thompson, B. (2012). The long road home: A collection of poems from an open heart. Kindle Direct Publishing.
Jin Zifang, Ph.D. Student,
• Ph.D. Applicant in Transpersonal Psychology – Sofia University
• M.A. Applied Psychology – South China Normal University
• B.A. Journalism – Qingdao University
Masters Thesis: Job Characteristics’ Effects on Job Satisfaction of Journalists (2007)
• Body Centered Awareness Certification
• Relational Gestalt Certification
• Group and Team Coaching Certification
• Accredited Certification of Meta Coach
Intuitive Inquiry, Eco-psychology, Shamanism, Buddhist Psychology, Mind-body healing, Body Awareness, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology
Kelly Yi, Ph.D.
• Ph.D., Transpersonal Psychology, Clinical, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, Accredited by WASC, CAPIC member, September
• M.A., Counseling Psychology, 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
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.
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.
• Certified Realization Process Meditation Teacher
• Certified Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher
• Licensed Clinical Psychologist
• Certified Hypnotherapist
Yi, K. (2017). Recontextualizing “mindfulness”: Considering the phenomenological enactment of clinical, spiritual, and religious realities. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 4, 209-215.
Rodger Broome, Ph.D.
• Ph.D. Psychology (Clinical Specialization) – Saybrook University
• M.A. Psychology – Saybrook University
• B.S. Behavioral Science – Psychology Emphasis – Utah Valley University
• Ph.D. Psychology – Dissertation: The Phenomenological Psychology of Police Deadly Force.
• M.A. Psychology – Thesis: Phenomenological Psychology of Police Deadly Force Training.
• Psychotherapist, State of Colorado
• Certified Critical Incident Management Team – Mental Health, State of Utah
Existential Phenomenological Research, Existential Psychology, Consciousness & Spirituality, Hermeneutics, Narrative Inquiry, Sport & Performance Psychology
• Broomé, R. (2022) Review of Katarzyna Peoples (2021) How to Write a Phenomenological Dissertation: A Step-By-Step Guide. Sage. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, X(X), pp-pp.
• E.J. Russell, R.E. Broomé, & J. L. Russell, (2020). Illuminating Firefighter Awareness Within a Dangerous Lived Experience: A Single Case Study. International Public Safety Association Journal, 5(1), 43-65.
• B.J. Castle, E.J. Russell, & R. E. Broomé, (2020). The Nature of Disciplinary Processes in Police Organizations: The Disciplinary Continuum. International Public Safety Association Journal, 5(1), 68-106.
• Russell, E., Russell, J., Lindquist, C., Broomé, R., & McCarthy, K. (2020). The Influence of a Homeland Security Course: A Single Case Study. International Journal of Instruction, 13(2), 315-328.
• R. Broomé & E. Russell. (2019). What It Is Like to Survive a Building Collapse as a Firefighter: A Phenomenological Psychological Inquiry. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 50(2),225-248.
• R. Broomé (2019). Book Review of DeRobertis’ – The Phenomenology of Learning and Becoming. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 50(2), 249–272.
• B. Castle, R. Broomé & E. Russell, (2019). Police Administration and Ineffective Civilian Oversight: A Grounded Theory. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Read More
• E. Russell, R. Broomé & J. Russell. (2018). Servant Leadership and the Wellbeing of Police Officers: A Case Study. Servant Leadership: Theory& Practice. 5 (2), 73-92.
• R. Broomé, (2018). Book Review: Transformation Beyond Greed: Native Self-Actualization. Humanistic Psychologist, 45(4), 397-407.
• Russell, E., Russell, J., & Broomé, R. (2018). Surveying the experience of servant leadership within the fire and emergency services. Servant Leadership: Theory & Practice, 5(1), 49-68.
• Broomé, R. (2017). Ch. 4: Humanity’s Search for Meaning in Existence: A Taoist Epistemology. In M. Yang (Ed.). Existential psychology and the way of the Tao: Meditations on the writings of Zhuangzi. Routledge.
• E. Russell with R. Broomé. (2017). Forward In Command of Guardians: Executive Servant Leadership for the Community of Responders, Springer.
• E. Russell with R. Broomé. (2017). Ch. 3: Bureaucracy within the Emergency Services. In Command of Guardians: Executive Servant Leadership for the Community of Responders, Springer.
• E. Russell with R. Broomé. (2017). Appendix: Discovering the Servant in Fire and Emergency Services Leaders. In Command of Guardians: Executive Servant Leadership for the Community of Responders, Springer.
• R. Broomé, (2016). Book Review: Phenomenology: An Introduction. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 47(1), 96-103.
• R. Broome. (2016). Les Collectifs du CIRP: Vol. 1. The Redirection of Psychology: Essays in Honor of Amedeo P. Giorgi. T.F. Cloonan and C. Thiboutot (Eds.), Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Interdisciplinary Circle of Phenomenological Research, University of Quebec at Montreal, 2014, 408 pp.
• R. Bargdill & R. Broomé, (eds.). (2015). Humanistic Psychology 101: Growth, Choice & Responsibility: A Supplement for General Psychology Textbooks, University Professors Press.
• E. Russell, R. Broomé, R. Prince, (2015).Discovering the Servant in Fire and Emergency Services Leaders: A Grounded Theory, Servant Leadership: Theory & Practice, 2(2), 57-75,
• R. Broomé, & T. Tabata. (2015). The Lived-Experience of Police Vehicle Pursuit: A Descriptive Phenomenological Psychological Inquiry. Phenomenology of Learning and Teaching, 16(1),63-84. (Japanese Language Publication)
• J. Maxfield, R. Broomé & J. Fisher (2015). Leadership LEAP: A New approach for homeland security. In A. Siedschlag (Ed.). Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Homeland and Civil Security: A Research-Based Introduction. New York: Peter Lang.
• R. Broomé (2015). The Husserl Dictionary: A Book Review. The Humanistic Psychologist, X(x), pp-pp.
• R. Broomé, J. Told & Z. Lyman. (2014). Mind-Body Integrated Fire Training: Personal Protective Equipment, International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management, 8(1),59-66.
• R. Broome. (2014). Book Review: Policing and the poetics of everyday life, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 45(1), 102-107.
• R. Broome. (2013). The lived-experience of leading a successful police vehicle pursuit: a descriptive phenomenological psychological inquiry, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 44(2), 220-243.
• R. Broome. (2013). A Phenomenological Psychological Study of The Police Officer’s Lived-Experience Of The Use Of Deadly Force, Journal of Humanistic Psychology
• R. Broome. (2011). An Empathetic Psychological Perspective of Police Force Training, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 42(2), 137-156.