Faculty Profile: Marina Smirnova

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Marina Smirnova

School: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

A native of Russia, Dr. Marina Smirnova is an instructor in the Saybrook Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine and in the Graduate School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Dr. Smirnova is a transpersonal facilitator and an experienced educator. Her personal and professional journey has been enriched by earning a Bachelor degree in Music Education (Minsk State Pedagogical University), Master of Arts degree in Counseling (Central Michigan University), and PhD degree in Psychology, with Transpersonal Psychology Concentration (Sofia University, formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). In addition, Dr. Smirnova studied transpersonal psychology and Holotropic Breathwork with Dr. Stanislav Grof. She is an American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis and a Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT) Certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator. She lives in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

  • PhD in Psychology
  • Concentration: Transpersonal Psychology
  • Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology)
  • 08/2010—3/2013
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Central Michigan University
  • 02/2001—04/2003
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education    
  • Major: Music Education                                
  • Belarusian State Pedagogical University     
  • 07/1992—05/1996

Current Publications

Smirnova, M. A. (2014). Neurolinguistic psychotherapy: A postmodern perspective by Lisa Wake [Review of the book Neurolinguistic psychotherapy: A postmodern perspective, by L.Wake]. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 56:3, 308-309, DOI: 10.1080/00029157.2013.827920


Smirnova, M. A. (2013). Atonement with the Dreadful Manifestations of the Sacred in Holotropic Breathwork: Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Breather’s Embodied Experience and the Meaning Arising Within and Out of It (Doctoral Dissertation). Palo Alto, CA: Sofia University.


Smirnova, M. (with Adams, Z., & Akhrymuk, S.). (2012). Research Edition Translation into Russian of TA-285-Body Insight Scale (BIS) by Rosemarie Anderson. Menlo Park, CA: Mind Garden.


Willmarth, E., & Smirnova, M. A. (2013, March). Mesmer, Music and Movement: Integrative Approaches in Mind-Body Medicine. Workshop presented at the 55th Annual American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Scientific Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky.











Research Interests

  • (1) the interface of psychology and embodied spirituality;
  • (2) the interface of Jungian/post-Jungian and Grofian psychologies;
  • (3) transpersonal psychology, Jungian/post-Jungian psychology, alchemy, mythology, archetypal astrology, and intuitive practices;
  • (4) transpersonal development, somatic studies, and human potentials;
  • (5) indigenous psychologies, traditions, and healing and ethno-medicine;
  • (6) atonement with the sacred;
  • (7) consciousness, non-ordinary (resourceful) states of consciousness, holotropic states, and archetypal possession states;
  • (8) clinical hypnosis, meditation, shamanic breathwork and therapeutics, and Holotropic Breathwork; and
  • (9) qualitative research (phenomenology, heuristic, hermeneutic, Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, and Romanyshyn’s alchemical hermeneutics).


Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

Instructor in the Saybrook Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine and in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling