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Andrey Khlopushin

Andrey Khlopushin is a licensed clinical psychologist in Russia and a specialist in clinical counseling and psychological correction. In 2010 he graduated with the specialist degree from the Faculty of Psychology (St. Petersburg State University).

During the years 1993—2005 he lived and studied in Finland, in Helsinki. Since 2006 he has been attending practical training in the Integral Psychology program under the guidance of S. Kupriyanov, M.D., in Helsinki, Finland. This program is aimed at developing skills of pragmatically applying the models of multidimensional communication and states & structures of consciousness dynamics towards everyday life, psychotherapy, business communication, cross-cultural dialogue, and sociocultural transformations. The foundations of this program consists in exploration of methodological aspects of implementation of the notions found in various psychological and spiritual schools of the West and the East with the possibility of their practical application towards a wide spectrum of aims.

Since 2006, in the context of his practical and theoretical interests in academic research of consciousness and its altered states he has been collaborating with Dimitry Spivak, PhD (senior research fellow at N. P. Bechtereva Human Brain Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; director of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Russian Institute for Cultural Research; and chairman of the UNESCO Chair for Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue in St. Petersburg, Russia). As a result of this collaboration in 2009 under the auspices of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR grant 09-06-00012A) and in cooperation with E. Pustoshkin he launched the first Russian online project devoted to academic studies of altered states of consciousness (with D. Spivak as the academic advisor of the project). The goal of the project is supporting and informing about research in this field. Since the summer of 2010 the website transforms into an international bilingual web portal, receives recognition from the leading researchers in this field (C. T. Tart, S. Krippner, F. Echenhofer, and others), and can be accessed in the English and Russian languages at http://altstates.net.

During the years 2009—2010. within the framework of the graduation project under the guidance of Professor A.M. Zhirkov Ph.D.med on the basis of the Saint-Petersburg exchange Andrey conducted a research on «Psychological characteristics of stock market traders suffering from hypertension,» where he studied the mental and emotional activity of operators working in unstructured environments under the pressure of heightened stress.