Zana Marovic, PhD (South Africa)President
Kiran Kumar K. Salagame, PhD (India)Vice –President
Regina U. Hess, PhD (Germany)Secretary
Caifang Zhu, PhD (China)Deputy Secretary
Elias Capriles, PhD (Venezuela)
Cristina Barros (Brazil)
Virginia Gawel (Argentina)
Dr Marovic is an international speaker and trainer for integrative psychotherapy. She is a clinical psychologist, integrative psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, and remedial yoga therapist with a PhD in health psychology (2000, UNISA). Dr Marovic consults for Addnova Clinic, a multidisciplinary private clinic in Johannesburg, and The WITS University, Donald Gordon Clinic, Pelvic Floor Unit in Johannesburg.
Dr Marovic is president of The International Transpersonal Association. She has been an invited and keynote speaker at conferences in Europe, Asia, USA and South America. Dr Marovic has published papers in international academic journals and a book on clinical supervision. She served as a member of international scientific & organising committees (Greece, 2014; Czech Republic, 2017, India, 2018, United Arab Emirates, 2019).
She developed cross-cultural training for psychologists and she has established first accredited transpersonal training in South Africa, in 2009.
Dr Marovic is a creator of TranSomatic Wellness Approach, an embodied integrative psychotherapy approach that recognizes body or soma as the foundation and key to our emotional, mental and spiritual wellness.
Kiran Kumar K. Salagame, PhD (India)
Dr Kiran K Salagame is a clinical psychologist and a former professor of Psychology at the University of Mysore. He taught meditation and studied meditators as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Saybrook Graduate School in 1990 at San Francisco and published a monograph The Psychology of Meditation- A contextual approach, based on his work. He was awarded Senior Research Fellowship from Indian Council of Social Sciences Research, New Delhi to write a book on “Indian perspectives and approaches to Psychology”(2013-15). He was a Fulbright Nehru Visiting Lecturer Fellow in 2011 at the Central University of Arkansas, USA. He was awarded an Honorary Professorship and an honorary membership of the International Academy for Yoga Teacher Training and its Scientific Board in, Belgrade, Serbia, in 2001. He was presented with “Psycho-Award” in 2006 for his distinguished contributions to the field by the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists. He served as the Associate Editor of Psychological Studies and has been on the Editorial boards of many national and international journals and has reviewed articles for APA publications. He has contributed chapters to edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Springer, and Wiley-Blackwell. He has visited Bahrain, Canada, Russia, Serbia, Uganda, UK and USA to attend conferences and/or to give lectures.
Dr Regina Hess is a clinical psychologist from Germany and holds a joint PhD in Transpersonal Transcultural Psychology from USA and UK. She also is an integrative Gestalt and transpersonal psychotherapist, and a researcher. She is the founder/director of the “Ase World Forum – Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science”, Regina is a professor at several international educational institutes. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences, and has authored various international journal articles and co-edited books. Dr. Hess is on the Board of Directors of the European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS) and the International Transpersonal Association. She is co-founder of the International Transpersonal Research Network, and of the EUROTAS Division of Transpersonal Research. She is a member of the Swiss Medical Society for Psycholytic Therapy. Regina is lead of the Amsterdam Office of the MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Science.
Caifang Zhu, PhD (China)
Dr Zhu holds a PhD in East-West psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. While at Harvard, he was a teaching fellow with the East Asian Studies program at Harvard and chaired the Harvard Buddhist Community. More recently he was a researcher in residency with the Department of Comparative Study of Religions at Vrije Universiteit (Free University) Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Currently he is the founder and director of Beijing Counseling and Meditation Center. Since 2009 he has been teaching and developing the meditation-initiated integrative therapy (MIIT) model. In China, Caifang is a nationally certified supervisor of psychological counselling. He received clinical psycho-spiritual training as a chaplain-to-be in St Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. For almost 30 years he has been practicing Chan meditation and Taichi. Most of his publications are in Buddhist studies and practices, transpersonal and integral psychology and psychotherapy. Among the most recent publications is Chan Meditation, a chapter for Oxford Handbook of Meditation, to be published in 2019.
Professor Elias has been chairman of Eastern Studies and then researcher-professor at the University of The Andes, Mérida, Venezuela, where he taught Philosophy, Buddhism, Asian Religions, Globalization and Asian Aesthetics and Arts. He is an instructor of Buddhism and Dzogchen certified by Dzogchen Master Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. He lectures, leads workshops and teaches courses in many countries of the Americas, Europe and Asia. His works deal with: transpersonal and integral psychology; ontology; philosophy of history; political philosophy; Dzogchen and Tibetan Buddhism; aesthetics; epistemology; sociology; axiology, etc. He managed “spiritual emergency refuges” where those undergoing such natural self-healing processes could go through them, and is an ecological activist. Among his fifteen books published on paper, five e-books, over forty published papers and twelve book chapters, on transpersonal philosophy and psychology most recent and best known is the four-volume The Beyond Mind Papers: Transpersonal and Metatranspersonal Theory (Blue Dolphin, Nevada City, CA, 2013). His most recent book is Chamanismo y Dzogchén (La Llave, Barcelona, Spain).
Cristina Barros (Brazil)
Cristina is a psychologist at The Institute of Psychology, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Cristina has been involved in health psychology dealing with patients suffering from cardiac and hematological diseases and cancer patients. She trained in Deep Memory Process and in Relaxation and Mental Imagery, techniques she uses to minimize the emotional and spiritual pain of terminal patients. She coordinated post graduate transpersonal courses and thought psycho-oncology course using transpersonal approach in care of cancer patients and their families. She is a vice-president of ATI – The Iberoamerican Transpersonal Association. She is in private practice and she teaches transpersonal courses.
Virginia is a licensed psychologist, therapist, teacher and writer, born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pioneer in spreading Transpersonal Psychology throughout her country and in Latin America and Spain. In 1994 she founded Centro Transpersonal de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Transpersonal Center) where she serves as president. She introduced in the Transpersonal fields the concept of Complex of Essential Inadequacy: on one’s own sensibility and the sense of not fitting into the world, and the appropriate treatment for who experience it. She also created her own method to work clinically: TADIs (Techniques for the Direct Access to the Unconscious), including original techniques to work with dreams. She was a founding member of the Iberoamerican Transpersonal Association (ATI). She serves as a board member of The International Transpersonal Association (ITA) as well as The Journal of Transpersonal Research.
ITA Advisory Board
Les Lancaster, PhD (UK)
Professor Lancaster is Emeritus Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU); Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies; and Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University. He is currently a Board member of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, and has previously been Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society and President of the International Transpersonal Association. Les is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sacred Science Circle. In addition to numerous journal articles, Professor Lancaster has published works include Mind Brain and Human Potential, winner of an SMN award, The Essence of Kabbalah, and Approaches to Consciousness: the Marriage of Science and Mysticism.
Harris Friedman, PhD (USA)
Professor Harris Friedman is Research Professor of Psychology (Retired) at University of Florida and Professor Emeritus at Saybrook University.
Harris is also a Florida licensed psychologist. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University, and holds the Diploma in both Clinical Psychology and Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, as well as is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is past President of the International Transpersonal Association, and serves as the Senior Editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies and the Associate Editor of The Humanistic Psychologist. He has more than 200 scholarly publications, including his most recent co-edited books published by Praeger: Mysterious Minds: The Neurobiology of Psychics, Mediums, and Other Extraordinary People and Debating Psychic Experiences: Human Potential or Human Illusion? He is currently co-editing The Praeger Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology in Practice, The Praeger Series on Social Justice and Psychology (2 volumes), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, and Advances in Parapsychological Research, Volume 9 & 10 to be published by McFarland. He practices clinical and organizational consulting psychology, and continues to conduct research on transpersonal and other topics.
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