PhD, Clinical Psychology Professor,
California Institute of Integral Studies
Frank Echenhofer, PhD, is a Clinical Psychology professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. His research examines the role of visionary experience in the transformation of the sense of self and integrates neuroscience, clinical psychology, creativity, psychology of religion, sacred art, and spiritual approaches. He co-founded the Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia and conducted the first EEG meditation research study with the Dalai Lama's guidance at his monastery in India. Since 2000 he has conducted research in Brazil and in Peru on the phenomenological, psychophysical, and spiritual changes occurring after the ingestion of ayahuasca. Frank is currently teaching a new experiential approach to facilitate healing and transformation that integrates sacred art and ritual practices, the essential core guiding principles distilled from comparative mysticism, and the application of modern understandings and methods developed in psychology, neuroscience, and other modern academic disciplines.