Sofia University (California)

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Sofia University
Motto Transformative Transpersonal Education Since 1975
Established 1975
Type Private university
President Liz Li
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 an accredited private university. The university's academic emphasis is transpersonal psychology.[1][2][3][4]

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.

Degrees offered[edit]

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Transpersonal Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.) with a concentration in Transpersonal psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Spiritual Guidance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Certificate in Transpersonal Studies
  • Certificate in Women’s Spirituality

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 and online or on-campus formats so students can choose what best suits their needs and lifestyles.

Notable people[edit]

Notable 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).


  1. ^ Otterman, Sharon. "Merging Spirituality and Clinical Psychology at Columbia". New York Times, published online August 9, 2012
  2. ^ PRWeb. "Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Becomes Sofia University. New Name Brings Broader Mission, Expanded Campus and New Programs". Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB), published online July 16, 2012
  3. ^ PRWeb. "Sofia University to Offer Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Programs". Palo Alto, Calif. (PRWEB) January 28, 2013
  4. ^ PRWeb. "Founder Bob Frager Returns to Sofia University". San Fransisco Chronicle, published online July 15, 2014.

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