Sofia University (California)

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Sofia University
Motto Transformative Transpersonal Education Since 1975
Established 1975
Type Private university
President Liz Li, PhD
Location Palo Alto, California, United States
37°25′51″N 122°06′33″W / 37.43075°N 122.10930°W / 37.43075; -122.10930

Sofia University, formerly known as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) is a private, WASC accredited university. The university's academic emphasis is transpersonal psychology.

Sofia University comprises the Graduate School of Transpersonal Studies, the Graduate School of Clinical and Spiritual Psychology, and the School of Undergraduate Studies. The graduate school curricula, initially developed by co-founders Robert Frager and James Fadiman, focus on six areas of inquiry: the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, social, and creative aspects of life. For further personal development, all students studying on-campus receive instruction in aikido, a Japanese martial art.

As of July 1, 2014, the president is Liz Li, Ph.D.

Degrees offered[edit]

Pending the approval of The Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC, Sofia is preparing to offer a Master of Arts in Education and a Masters in Business Administration.

Sofia University offers programs in a hybrid: face to face / online or on-campus formats so students can choose what best suits their needs and lifestyles.

Notable people[edit]

Important Publications by Faculty and Faculty Emeritus[edit]

Anderson, R., & Braud, W. (2011). Transforming Self and Others through Research. State University of New York Press.

Braud, W., & Anderson, R. (1998). Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Brooks, C. (2010). Embodied transcription: A creative method for using voice recognition software. The Qualitative Report, 15(5), 1227-1241

Friedman, H., & Hartelius, G. (Eds.). (2013). The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of transpersonal psychology. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons.

Fadiman, J. (2011). The psychedelic explorer’s guide: Safe, therapeutic, and sacred journeys. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press.

Grahn, J. (2012). A Simple Revolution: the Making of an Activist Poet (memoir), Aunt Lute Press.Tart, C. (1969). Altered States of Consciousness: A Book of Readings. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Herman, L. (2013). Playing with Auschwitz: A liminal inquiry into images of evil. In Poeisis: A Journal of the Arts and Education. Vol. 15. Toronto: EGS Press.

Netzer, D. (2014). Awareness of spiritual freedom through imaginal response to mystical poetry: An intuitive inquiry. SAGE Research Methods Cases. DOI:

Rominger, R. (2013). Integration of spiritually transformative experiences: Models, methods and research. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 31(3), 135-150.

Ruth H. Judy. (2012). Where My Soul Lives: Being a Christian Outside the Lines. Haworth, NJ: St. Johann Press.

Singh, K. (2014). Beyond mind: The future of psychology as a science. In R. M. M. Cornellisen, G. Misra & S. Varma (Eds.), Foundations and applications of Indian psychology (pp. 40–52). Delhi, India: Pearson.


Sofia University is an accredited member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


WASC Statement of Accreditation status, Sofia University


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