ITA Board Members


The organisational structure of the ITA includes a group of individuals who incubated the ITA in its recent incarnation and continue to take a key role in ensuring its success.

Regina U. Hess (Germany)

Regina U. Hess, PhD, is a current Secretary of The International Transpersonal Association. She is a clinical psychologist, transpersonal psychotherapist and researcher. She is founder of the Ase World Forum for the investigation of ancient transcultural healing modalities and their integration into modern intervention and research. She is faculty at international educational institutes, and is editorial member at the Integral Transpersonal Journal and the Forum Qualitative Social Research. Regina is on the Board of Directors of EUROTAS and of the International Transpersonal Association. She is co-founder of the Transpersonal Research Network and the EUROTAS Division for Transpersonal Research. She is a member of the Swiss Medical Society for Psycholytic Therapy (SÄPT).
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Professor Elias Capriles (Venezuela)

Professor Elias Capriles

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 lectured, led workshops and taught courses in several countries of the Americas, Europe and Asia. His works deal with: political philosophy; ontology; philosophy of history; Dzogchen and Tibetan Buddhism; aesthetics; psychology; epistemology; sociology; axiology, etc. He managed “spiritual emergency refuges” where “psychotics” could undergo the natural self-healing process in which they unwillingly embarked, and is an ecological activist. Among his fourteen published books, five Internet books, over forty published papers and twelve book chapters, of 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).


Caifang Jeremy ZHU, Ph.D. (China)


ZHU Caifang, Ph.D.

Zhu is a current Vice Secretary of ITA. He 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 director of the China project and adjunct professor, California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a research fellow with the International Centre of Buddhist Studies at Renmin University of China, and associate director of Hebei Research Institute of Chan Buddhism. At the beginning of 2015 with colleagues in Beijing, he established the China Transpersonal and Integral Psychology Association which he is chairing. Since 2009 he has been teaching and developing the meditation-initiated integrative therapy (MIIT) model. In China, Zhu 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 over 20 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. He is a current vice-secretary of The Transpersonal International Association.


Cristina Barros (Brazil)

barrosCristina 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 ALUBRAT (Asociación Transpersonal Iberoamericana), Brazil. She is in private practice and she teaches transpersonal courses.

Virginia Gawel (Argentina)

gawelVirginia 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 is a founder member of the Asociación Transpersonal Iberoamericana (ATI) and is part of the Board of the ITA (International Transpersonal Association), and also she is a member of the Board of the Journal of Transpersonal Research.


Professor Kiran Kumar K. Salagame (India)

Professor Kiran Kumar K. Salagame

Kiran  is a current Vice President of the International Transpersonal Association. He is a clinical psychologist and served in the University of Mysore as professor of psychology. He worked on altered states of consciousness for his doctoral thesis and subsequently has lectured, conducted workshops and published on states of consciousness, meditation, yoga, holistic health, spirituality, well-being, and on positive psychology and Indian psychology both in India and abroad. He is an executive member of the Board of the International Transpersonal Association; an Honorary Professor and Member, Scientific Board, International Society for Interdisciplinary Yoga Research, Belgrade and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies (USA), Journal of Transpersonal Research (Spain) and many others. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Saybrook University, San Francisco (1990-91) and Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Professor at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway (2011). Currently a Senior Research Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research.

Professor Brian Les Lancaster (UK)

Professor Brian Les Lancaster Les is Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University, and part of the Adjunct Research Faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, California. He is a past Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, and a past President of the International Transpersonal Association. In addition to numerous journal articles, Les’ 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.

Zana Marovic, Ph.D (South Africa)

Dr Zana Marovic is president of The International Transpersonal Association board of directors. She is an international speaker and trainer with a PhD in Health Psychology (UNISA, South Africa, 2000). Dr Marovic presented at international conferences in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the USA, and South America.

Dr Marovic has published papers in international academic journals, and a book on clinical supervision. She served as a board member of organizing and scientific committees of international conferences in Greece (2014), the Czech Republic (2017) and India (2018). She is presently serving on the experts’ advisory board for The International Conference on Positive Psychology, Happiness and Well-Being (Dubai, United Emirates, November 2019). Dr Marovic developed cross-cultural training for psychologists and established first accredited transpersonal training in South Africa in 2009. She is a creator of TranSomatic Wellness Program, an embodied psychotherapy approach based on body intelligence concept, which recognizes body or soma as the foundation and key to our emotional, mental and spiritual wellness

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