Frances Vaughan

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Frances Vaughan, Ph.D. is a psychologist, educator and author of books, chapters and articles on psychology and spirituality. Her books include Awakening Intuition, The Inward Arc: Healing in Psychotherapy and Spirituality, and Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions. With her husband, Roger Walsh, she is co-editor of Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision, and Gifts from A Course in Miracles, which includes Accept this Gift, A Gift of Peace and A Gift of Healing. Her books have been translated into eight languages.

As a pioneer in transpersonal psychology, Dr. Vaughan was a founding faculty member of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Later she joined the clinical faculty at the University of California Medical School at Irvine, and was a founding faculty member of the Metta Institute, devoted to end of life counselor training.

Dr. Vaughan has served as President of both the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and she is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is a trustee emeritus of the Fetzer Institute. The Fetzer Institute programs in research, education and service, aim to connect the inner life of mind and spirit with the outer life of service in the world.

Dr. Vaughan holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has been a practitioner of meditation since 1972. She has studied and practiced Buddhist, Sufi and Hindu spiritual traditions in addition to deepening her understanding of Christian mysticism.

Dr. Vaughan has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and on the board of editors of several journals. She has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. She graduated from Stanford University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has two children and five grandchildren.


In her coaching, counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, Frances focused on inner work and on developing healthy, satisfying relationships to self, others and the world. She recently retired from the private practice of psychotherapy after more than thirty years.

She says, "I think of the spiritual path as a journey from fear to love, from bondage to freedom and from ignorance to understanding. I believe love is a universal experience. Although concepts of love can be narrow and distorted, the experience of love is vital to healing and wholeness. I value integrity, honesty, and authenticity in relationships, and I think we need to be true to our deepest experience of the sacred. Qualities such as kindness, generosity, caring and respect flow naturally from a commitment to living in accordance with truth and love."

Selected Books and Articles

Fetzer Institute Newsletter, Spring 2007
Forgiveness as a means to awakening love.
Discusses the unique qualities of spiritual intelligence and spiritual maturity.
BOOKS: Psychology/Spirituality
Explores many dimensions of the spiritual path.
Practical wisdom for healthy human development from a transpersonal perspective.
Psychology/Personal growth
Guidelines for training and developing trustworthy intuition.
A comprehensive, edited volume of the best authors in transpersonal psychology.
Journal articles
In our society today, spiritual choices confront the seeker more than ever before. Traditional and non-traditional teachers abound, and having some criteria for evaluation can be helpful.
A goldmine of psychological and spiritual insights.
Nuggets of truth that will change your life.