Psychology Home at The University of West Georgia

Tobin R. Hart

Tobin R. Hart, Ph.D.


Phone: 678-839-0603 | Fax: 678-839-0611


Office: Melson Hall 106

Hours: MW: 2:00-3:30pm
T: 12:30- 3:30pm
Or by Appointment


Tobin’s work explores human consciousness at the nexus of spirituality, psychology and education. Much of his work centers on how we know and how we grow. He says: “Even as a child, I remember being fascinated by how we know, especially that knowing that takes place in those special moments when the world opens more deeply to us, and we to it. For me, this can occur in an intimate connection with a friend, during a moment of inspiration, in meditation, or perhaps in the awe of witnessing a thunderstorm just overhead. I’ve been fortunate to turn that curiosity about knowing into a career.”

He researches, writes and teaches on a variety of topics including: deep empathy, transformative education, spiritual development, the inner life of children, contemplative inquiry, music and the mind, psychology of mind and body.

Tobin received his B.A. in psychology at the University of Florida, his M.Ed. in counseling and human development at St. Lawrence University and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • PSYC-4085 (Music and the Mind)    
    • PSYC-4760 (Introduction to Psychotherapy)    
    • PSYC-5085 (Music and the Mind)    
    • PSYC-6010 (Human Growth and Potential)    
    • PSYC-6161 (Counseling Methods)    
    • PSYC-6785 (AdvSem:TranspersonalKnowing)    
    • PSYC-6899 (Thesis)    
    • PSYC-7020 (Transpersonal Development)    
    • PSYC-7810 (Tutorial: Transpersonal Devel)    
    • PSYC-8002 (Studies in Mind-Body)    
    • PSYC-8009 (Transprsnl Foundations of PSYC)    

Selected Publications

  • Hart, T. (2008). Interiority and Education: Exploring the neurophenomenology of contemplation and its potential role in learning. Journal of Transformative Education. 6(4) 235-250. [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. & Ailoae, C. (2007). Spiritual Touchstones: Childhood Spiritual Experience in the development of influential historic and contemporary figures. Imagination, Cognition and Personality. 26 (4) 345-359. [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. (2007). Reciprocal Revelation: Toward a Pedagogy of Interiority. Journal of Cognitive Affective Learning. 3(2). [View Publication]
  • Hart, T., Zellars, E. (2006). When Imaginary Friends are Sources of Wisdom. Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice. 19 (1), 6-16 [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. (2006). Transforming Self and Subject: Toward an Integrative Spiritual Pedagogy. in Educational Futures: Neo-humanism and transformative pedagogy. Edited by Sohail Inayatullah, Ivana Milojevic, Clement Chang and Marcus Bussey. Taipei, Tamkang Uni [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. (2005). Spiritual Experiences and Capacities of Children and Youth. Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Sage. 163-178. [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. (2004). Mystical Child: Glimpsing the Spiritual World of Children. Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice. 17(2) 38-49. [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. (2004). Spiritual Parenting. Psychotherapy Networker. May/June 50-56. [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. (2004). Opening the contemplative mind in the classroom. Journal of Transformative Education 2 (1) 28-46. [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. R. (2001). Teaching for wisdom. Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice. 24(2), 3-16. [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. (2000-2001). Spiritual art: Evocation and expression of transpersonal knowing. Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts 6 (1-2), 95-114. [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. (2000). Inspiration as knowing. in T. Hart, K. Puhakka, P. Nelson, Eds. Transpersonal Knowing: Exploring the horizon of consciousness. State University of New York Press. [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. (2000). Deep empathy. in T. Hart, K. Puhakka, P. Nelson, Eds. Transpersonal Knowing: Exploring the horizon of consciousness. State University of New York Press. [View Publication]
  • Hart, T. (1999). The refinement of empathy. The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 39(4), 111-125. [View Publication]


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• From Information to Transformation: Education for the Evolution of Consciousness (2009). • The Secret Spiritual World of Children (2003). • Transpersonal Knowing: Exploring the Horizon of Consciousness (2000). • Spiritual Knowing: Alternative Epistemic Perspective (1997).