Dr. Olga Louchakova-Schwartz is Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the former (1975-2013) Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Prior to her tenure at ITP, she worked as senior scientist at the Pavlov Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is a clinical faculty member at UC Davis School of Medicine, Dept of Public Health Sciences, and Visiting Scholar with the Graduate Theological Union.
Founding Director, ITP’s Neurophenomenology Center (2007-2013) Founding Director, Transpersonal Research Specialization, ITP (2004-2014) Director of Research and Doctoral Program Chair at Sofia University (2014-2016)
Olga teaches courses in psychology of spirituality, comparative world religion, phenomenological psychology and philosophy (Husserl, Merleau-Ponty) and the phenomenology of life. She has published over hundred articles and given over two hundred talks and lectures on philosophical and transpersonal psychology, consciousness, religious and spiritual experience, and meditation. She is founding Director of the Society in Phenomenology of Religious Experience.
Philosophy of religion, phenomenology, material phenomenology, cognitive science of religion, religious experience, introspection, embodiment, intuition, non-intentional knowledge. Areas of concentration: cognitive phenomenology; the phenomenology of life, Michel Henry; the philosophies of Shankara, Ibn Arabi, and Suhrawardi; theoretical and philosophical psychology. Migration and globalization issues in health; stress and the healing ministry Positive transformation of character and consciousness in individuals and groups. Transformative education.
In the past, as an experimental scientist, I researched immune markers of the nervous system, autoimmune diseases, sleep disorders, human development, and the neurocorrelates of consciousness .
“I write as a physician, with a physician’s sense of responsibility…I have made every effort to document my material as reliably as possible, and to assist the verification of my conclusions…” C.G. Jung, Aion.
” Naming sets a song free from overbearing scent of anonymity “. Osip Mandelstam