Robert Frager, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Social Psychology from Harvard University in 1967, At Harvard he worked as a co-researcher with Professors Stanley Milgram and Robert Rosenthal and served as teaching assistant to Erik Erikson. Professor Frager has taught Psychology at Harvard, University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1975, he founded the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, where he is currently Professor of Psychology and Director of the Spiritual Guidance Masters Program.
Professor Frager is a graduate of the three year Spiritual Direction Program at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. He has also been an Aikido instructor for over 45 years and has received a 7th degree black belt in Aikido, one of a handful of Westerners to have been awarded this rank.
Dr. Frager is a Sufi teacher in the Halveti-Jerrahi Sufi Order, an international Sufi Order based in Istanbul, Turkey. He is president of the Jerrahi Order of California located in Redwood City, CA. He has been a Sufi spiritual guide for over 25 years.
Professor Frager has written three books on Sufism: Essential Sufism (HarperSanFrancisco, 1997; also available in Bosnian and Indonesian editions), Love is the Wine: Teachings of a Sufi Master in America (Hohm Press, 1999; also available in Spanish, Bosnian, British, and Turkish editions), and Heart, Self, and Soul: The Sufi Psychology of Growth, Balance, and Harmony (Quest Books, 1999; also available in Spanish, Indonesian and Turkish editions). He is the editor of Sharing Sacred Stories: Current Approaches to Spiritual Direction and Guidance (Crossroad, 2007; also available in Turkish)