ITP Sofia Foundation

The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) Sofia Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. The ITP Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships to support entering and continuing students who can demonstrate financial need, will contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the transpersonal community, and possess high potential to thrive within the Sofia community. In addition, the ITP Foundation provides funding for research projects. As different from a pure natural science or psychological research approach, the Sofia University research projects has a strong grounding in human sciences, where state-of-the-art research designs are utilized to achieve greater understanding of exceptional, transcendent, and transformative human experiences.

Foundation Board Members

Denis Prone

International Finance & Marketing Executive and Entrepreneur

Hilary (Grace) Hu

Principle Engineer in HP Inc.

Jingdon Cai

Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Music in Performance at Stanford University

Bob Frager

ITP Sofia Board Chair, Founder, President Emeritus, and Advisor

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Research at ITP Foundation and Sofia University

In the 1980s, well-known transpersonal psychologist and researcher of consciousness Charles Tart, together with social scientist and psychedelic researcher Arthur Hastings, created a vision for the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology(ITP) as a hub of novel research approaches which would combine scientific rigor, pioneering vision, personal transformation and spirituality. Joined by William Braud and Rosemarie Anderson in 1990s, the research faculty at ITP created a new research training sequence which encouraged graduate students to address complicated relationships between the psychological, spiritual and non-ordinary aspects of human experience.

Not long after arriving at ITP, Braud and Anderson wrote their now famous book Transpersonal Research Methods for Social Sciences which connected transpersonal vision with qualitative research. Following the establishment of Arthur Hastings’s William James Center and the Psychomanteum Project (funded by Fetzer Foundation), ITP Professor Olga Louchakova-Schwartz established the Transpersonal Education and Research Specialization (2004) and the NeuroPhenomenology Lab (2007). In 2011, ITP Professor Ryan Rominger joined the Board of Directors of ACISTE, an organization focused on the study of spiritual experiences.

Continuing the tradition of transpersonal research on the cusp of psychology and human science, Sofia University has expanded into the fields of computer science and engineering, and is moving transpersonal research and practices into industry (TransTechlab).

Our working model of transpersonal research includes the following principles

  • Methodological rigor
  • Innovative qualitative research methods and practices for social sciences and humanities
  • Broad range of Inter-disciplinary subjects
  • Focus on human experience
  • Research process as a trigger for personal transformation of researcher
  • Interest in spiritual, religious, transpersonal, non-ordinary and exceptional forms of human experience
  • Creativity and individual innovations
  • Dissertation students at Sofia university receive individual mentoring with the leading researchers in the field of transpersonal psychology and transpersonal studies, and can have research internships in any of the Centers and Labs at Sofia.

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Degrees offered:

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Master Programs

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology
  • Master of Science in Computer Science

Doctorate Programs

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Transpersonal Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology