CIIS Founder Haridas Chaudhuri "Consciousness at the human level is essentially in the nature of self-luminosity. It shines by its own intrinsic light; as it reveals objects it also reveals itself as the knowing function" - Haridas Chaudhuri, The Evolution of Integral Consciousness (1977)

Since its origins in the mid-20th century, CIIS has been committed to the exploration of the nature and potentials of human consciousness. This commitment is embraced and embodied by its many programs, ranging form Asian philosophy to integral psychology and counseling, and on through women’s spirituality, ecology, creative arts, and many more.

The goals of this center are to elevate CIIS into international prominence in the field of consciousness studies, and to support and facilitate consciousness studies both inside and beyond the institute. Also, to act as a clearinghouse for faculty members and students both within and outside of CIIS who are interested in the field of consciousness studies.


Allan Combs, Ph.D.
Professor of Consciousness Studies

Consciousness Studies Focus - Transformative Studies Ph.D.

The Consciousness Studies Focus is a new track within the well-established and successful Transformative Studies online Ph.D. program at CIIS. 

Courses in this program provide the student with a foundation in transdisciplinary scholarship and complexity thinking imparted by some of the world's leading scholars in these fields. In this way students learn to integrate an "ecology of consciousness" approach, originally suggested by visionaries such as psychologist Frank Barron and systems thinker Gregory Bateson, with contemporary understandings of consciousness, ecology, and complexity.

Other Academic Programs Of Special Interest To Consciousness Studies

Faculty Of Special Interest

Fernando Castrillon
Community Mental Health

Carolyn Cooke
Writing and Consciousness

Brant Cortright
Integral Counseling Psychology

Frank Echenhofer
Clinical Psychology

Glenn Hartelius
Integral and Transpersonal Psychology

Steven Goodman
Asian Philosophies and Cultures

Don Hanlon Johnson
Somatic Psychology

Constance Jones
Transformative Studies

Mara Lynn Keller
Women’s Spirituality

Sean Kelly
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Robert McDermott
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Jacob Sherman
Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

Brian Swimme
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Adjunct Faculty Of Special Interest

Ralph Metzner
Classic research on psychedelics and states of consciousness

Richard Tarnas
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

Stanislav Grof
Classic research on LSD, transpersonal psychologist

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries about the Center for Consciousness Studies, please contact Andrew J. Martin, Senior Media Relations manager at or (415) 575-6169.

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