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Glenn Hartelius, PhD

Honorary Research Fellow


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Glenn Hartelius is a researcher, scholar, participatory thinker, and teacher working in the fields of psychology, consciousness, and exceptional human skills. As Full Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies he founded and chaired a doctoral program in psychology focused on integral and transpersonal topics, designing, building and leading what a faculty review committee described as “one of the most successful doctoral degree launches” in the university’s history, attracting more than 100 students in the first four years. In 2020 he designed and launched a second emphasis in somatic psychology.

As Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies (IJTS), Glenn has brought a journal with fewer than 100 subscribers into what is today the field’s largest journal and primary publisher of empirical research, with more than 100,000 downloads per year by over 50,000 total users spanning nearly every country on the globe. IJTS is the only transpersonal journal listed in Scopus, a top research index with rigorous selection criteria. Glenn has edited IJTS since 2007, much of that time running all phases of its operation single-handed, from soliciting papers to managing reviews and revisions, typesetting, proofreading, and publishing. This is in addition to Glenn’s role as co-author of The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, to date the most comprehensive overview of the field, and his active promotion of the transpersonal field as Vice-President of the International Transpersonal Association, which he has worked with since its revival in 2008.

As the Director of Attention Strategies Institute Glenn leads research into a novel method of measuring states of consciousness through attentional stance analysis, and coaches top business leaders in application of mindful attention skills. He is also a content expert for development of virtual reality education and preparation for ketamine therapy at FireflyVR, and an Honorary Research Fellow for Alef Trust in the UK.

Research interests

Glenn Hartelius’ research focuses on development of constructs and processes that are key to transpersonal psychology. Based on an analysis of literature, his research with colleagues (Hartelius et al., 2022) identified states of consciousness as the central construct of the transpersonal area, yet the scientific study of these states has been hampered by limits in how reliably they can be measured. Glenn uses the more current term, global cognitive states, and has pioneered a method for describing and measuring meditative states based on the associated attentional stance—an advance that offers many new opportunities for research on transpersonal phenomena such as meditation. His most recent paper uses empirical methods to identify the attentional stances likely associated with vipaśyanā and śamatha, two states associated with the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. Glenn is also part of a team that has received funding from the Canadian government for the study of psychedelic therapies utilizing ketamine and psilocybin with First Nations communities, with treatment to be applied not in medical clinics, but in the context of community, culture, and ceremony.

Key publications

Hartelius, G. (2023). What is transpersonal psychology? A concise definition based on 20 years of research. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 41(1), 5-19.

Hartelius, G., Likova, L. T., & Tyler, C. W. (2022). Self-regulation of seat of attention into various attentional stances facilitates access to cognitive and emotional resources. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 810780.

Muscat, S.-A., Hartelius, G., Crouch, C. R., & Morin, K. W. (2021). An integrative approach to ketamine therapy may enhance multiple dimensions of efficacy: Improving therapeutic outcomes with treatment resistant depression. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 710338.

Friedman, H. L., & Hartelius, G. (Eds.). (2015). The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of transpersonal psychology. John Wiley & Sons.

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