Rev. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D

Rev. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D


Rev. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D. is Emerita Professor of Psychology and Comparative Religion at the former Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) where she served since 1992, and was Founding Director of Transpersonal Education and Research Specialization (2004-2014), Founding Director of the World Wide Global Exchange Program (2007-2013), Co-founding Director of the Neurophenomenology Center (2007-2014), Director of Research, and Chair of the Global PhD and Residential PhD and MA programs in Transpersonal Psychology. Olga is Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and a clinical faculty member at the University of California at Davis, School of Medicine, Dept of Public Health Sciences. Prior to ITP, she worked as a scientist at the Pavlov Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and created and directed Hridayam® Program in Public Health which was offered to 5000+ people in the United States and Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union.

In addition to being an author of 150+ articles and book chapters in science, philosophy and psychology, Olga is Associate Editor for the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She guest-edited a topical issue of the De Gruyter Open Theology on the Phenomenology of Religious Experience in 2017.

Olga’s current work is focused on migrations and on using transpersonal psychological skills for monitoring, reduction and healing the chronic and multiple migrant stress, which is an emergent problem in global health. She is a phenomenologist working on the issues of religious and spiritual experience, spiritual awakening, embodiment, and positive transformation of individuals and their communities. Her research in cognitive phenomenology of Tibetan meditation was featured on BBC, Science Daily, and other important forums.

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