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.

Professor Rosemarie Anderson (USA)

Professor Rosemarie Anderson

Rosemarie is Professor Emerita at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. and a research consultant. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1973 and a M. Div. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA in 1983. In 1998, she authored Celtic Oracles (Random House) and co-authored, with William Braud, Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences (SAGE Pubs), the book that established the field of transpersonal research methods. In 2011, she co-authored Transforming Self and Others Through Research (SUNY Press) with William Braud and co-authored Five Ways of Doing Qualitative Research: Phenomenological Psychology, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis, Narrative Research, and Intuitive Inquiry (Guilford, 2011) with Frederick Wertz, Kathy Charmaz, Linda McMullen, Ruthellen Josselson, and Emalina McSpadden. She has also developed a qualitative research method known as intuitive inquiry and an assessment of body intelligence known as the Body Insight Scale (BIS).

Regina U. Hess (Germany)

Regina U. Hess, PhD, 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). Webpage:

Caifang Jeremy ZHU, Ph.D. (China)


ZHU Caifang, Ph.D.

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 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.


Harris L. Friedman, Ph.D. (USA)

Dr. Harris FriedmanHarris received his PhD from Georgia State University, and recently retired as a psychology professor at University of Florida and as an emeritus professor at Saybrook University. He now teaches part-time at Goddard College in Vermont, USA. He is the senior editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, associate editor of The Humanistic Psychologist, and participates on the editorial board of many other scientific journals. His research mainly focuses on transpersonal psychology, but he is also very active in research on clinical psychology, organizational culture and change, and scientific theory and methods. He has published over 200 academic papers, and his recent books (with co-authors or co-editors) include: Transcultural Competence: Navigating Cultural Differences in the Global Community (2015), The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology: Vol. 1, 2, & 3 (2014), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology (2013) and Advances in Parapsychological Research: Vol. 9 (2013).


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 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 currently 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 MarovicZana is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, accredited psychotherapy supervisor, hypnotherapist and yoga teacher. She has over twenty years of experience as a psychotherapist and trainer. Currently, she is in a private practice at the ADDnova Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Zana holds a Ph.D. in Medical Psychology from the University of South Africa. She has published in several professional international journals, presented workshops and papers at world congresses and has published a book on clinical supervision.  In her work she combines cognitive-behavioral, systemic and quantum approach with hypnosis, yoga, meditation, breathing techniques and spiritual practice.

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Professor Sangeetha Menon (India)

Professor Sangeetha MenonSangeetha is a philosopher-psychologist working in the area of consciousness studies and Indian psychology. She is a Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, in the Indian Institute of Science campus in Bangalore, India. Her published work highlights the importance of understanding the nature of complex experiences in the light of global humanistic values such as well-being and personal growth. Her work focuses on comparative study of emotions, nature of agency and primacy of experience. Her publication in The Journal of Transpersonal psychology argues for altruism as a fundamental value that drives human actions.