Assistant Professor of Research in Psychiatric Medicine
Division of Perceptual Studies



University of Virginia Health System
Division of Perceptual Studies
P. O. Box 800152
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: 434/924-2281
Fax: 434/924-1712



Ph.D. in psychology, University of Edinburgh, 1997.

MA in history, Duke University, 1989.

MS in parapsychology, John F. Kennedy University, (California), 1981.

BA in psychology, University of Puerto Rico, 1978.

Professional Appointments

October 2003-present: Assistant Professor of Research in Psychiatric Medicine, Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

March 2003-present: Adjunct Research Faculty, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

July 2000 – present: Chairman of Domestic and International Programs, Parapsychology Foundation

February 1999 - May 1999: Project Director, Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, Medical School, University of Puerto Rico

February 1998 - December 1998: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)

June 1996 - December 1997: Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland).

September 1982-May 1986: Research Assistant, Division of Parapsychology, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Virginia.

February 1982-August 1982: Assistant Registrar, Inter-American University, Puerto Rico.


Research interests: psychological and phenomenological aspects of spontaneous phenomena, particularly out-of-body experiences; history of parapsychology; normal dissociative experiences.

Current publications

2009: Nineteenth-century hysteria and hypnosis: A historical note on Blanche Wittmann. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 37, 21-36.  

2009: Leonora E. Piper online: Some Web resources. Psypioneer, 5, 87-92.

2008: (First author, with N.L. Zingrone). Out-of-body experiences and headaches: A research note. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 72, 107-110.

2008: Note on Charles Richet's "La Suggestion Mentale et le Calcul des Probalilites" (1884). Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22, 543-548. 

2008: Charles Richet on "The Limits of Psychic and Metapsychic Science." Psypioneer, 4, 198-207.

2008:Mesmerism online: A bibliographic review. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 36, 115-120. (pdf)

2008: A list of online materials for the historical study of psychical research and related subjects. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22, 396-407.

2008: Note on online books and articles about the history of dissociation. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 9, 107-118.

2008: (first author, with N.L. Zingrone). Ian Stevenson and the modern study of ESP experiences. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22, 44-53.

2007-2008: (First author, with N.L Zingrone). Interrelationships of psychic experiences, dream recall and lucid dreams in a survey with Spanish participants. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 27, 63-69.

2007: (second author, with A. Moreira-Almeida, & W. Zangari). Transtornos dissociativos (ou conversivos) [Dissociative (or conversion) disorders]. In M. Rodrigues, L. Neto, & H. Elkis (Eds.), Psiquiatria Basica (2nd ed., pp. 285-297). Porto Alegre, Brazil: Artmed.

2007: Online historical materials about psychic phenomena. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 21, 607-615. (pdf)

2007: (First author, with F.R. Machado, W. Zangari, & N.L. Zingrone).Perspectivas históricas da influência da mediunidade na construção de idéias psicológicas e psiquiátricas [Historical perspectives of the influence of mediumship on the construction of psychological and psychiatric ideas]. Revista de Psiquiatria Clínica, 34 (supp.1), 42-53. (pdf)

2007: Remarks on Ernesto Bozzano's La Psiche Domina la Materia. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 25, 189-195. (pdf)

2007: Bibliography of books and articles about mesmerism, Spiritualism, psychical research, and related topics in Google Book Search. Psypioneer, 3, 113-120

2007: Psychical research in the New York Times. Psypioneer, 6, 64-67. (pdf) 

2007: On the use of the term out-of-body experience. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 71, 103-106.

2006: Neglected Near-Death Phenomena. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 24, 131-151. (pdf)

2006: (First author with W. Kramer)  Note on the term telergy. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 70, 170-176. (pdf)

2006: Human radiations: Concepts of force in mesmerism, spiritualism and psychical research. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 70, 138-162. (pdf)

2006: Neglected Near-Death Phenomena, Journal of Near-Death Studies, 24, 131-151. 

2006:  (First author with M. Biondi and W. Kramer) Historical Notes on Psychic Phenomena in Specialised Journals,  European Journal of Parapsychology, 21, 58-87. (pdf) 

2005: Historical writings on parapsychology and its contributions to psychology. Psypioneer, 1, 270-274. (pdf)

2005:  Research on non-pathological dissociation. Ciencias de la Conducta, 20, 31-56.

2005:  Ernesto Bozzano and the phenomena of bilocation. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 23, 207-238. (pdf)

2005: (Second author with E. Kelly). Frederic William Henry Myers, 1843-1901. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 34. (pdf)

2004:  (First author with N.L. Zingrone). Experiencias parapsicológicas, absorción y sueños:  Un estudio con estudiantes de psicología de Puerto Rico [Parapsychological experiences, absorption and dreams: A study with psychology students from Puerto Rico ]. In F.E. da Silva (Ed.), II Encontro Psi: Refletindo sobre o Futuro da Parapsicologia [II Psi Encounter: Reflexions on the Future of Parapsychology] (pp. 82-91). Curitiba , Brazil : Campus Universitario Bezerra de Menezes, Faculdades Integradas "Espírita."

2004:  On the centenary of Frederic W.H. Myers’s Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death.Journal of Parapsychology, 68, 3-43. (pdf)  

2004:  Revision histórica del concepto de la radiación humana [Historical review of the concept of human radiation]. Revista Argentina de Psicologia Paranormal, 15, 9-30.

2003: The concept of survival of bodily death and the development of parapsychology. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 67.2, 65-95.  (pdf)

2003: (First author with N.L. Zingrone). Exploring the factors related to the aftereffects of out-of-body experiences. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 67.3, 161-183. (pdf)

2002:  Guest editorial: Thoughts on the study of spontaneous cases. Journal of Parapsychology, 66, 115-125.

2002: Dissociation in Britain during the late nineteenth century: The Society for Psychical Research, 1882-1900. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 3, 9-33. (pdf)  

2001: (first author, with E. Coly, L. Coly, and N.L. Zingrone). Fifty years of supporting parapsychology: The Parapsychology Foundation (1951-2001). International Journal of Parapsychology, 12, 1-26. (pdf)

2001: Features of out-of-body experiences in relation to perceived closeness to death. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 189, 331-332.

2000: Out-of-body experiences.  In E. Cardeña, S.J. Lynn, & S. Krippner (Eds.), Varieties of anomalous experiences (pp. 183-218). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

1999: Nota sobre la teoría sin base empírica en la parapsicología iberoamericana contemporánea [Note on theory without scientific support in contemporary Ibero American parapsychology]. Revista Argentina de Psicologia Paranormal, 10, 146-156. (pdf)

1999: (First author with N.L. Zingrone). Out-of-body experiences among readers of a Spanish New Age magazine. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 63, 65-85. (pdf)

1999: Apuntes para una introducción a la parapsicología [Notes for an introduction to parapsychology] New York: Parapsychology Foundation.

1998-99: (First author with N.L. Zingrone). A study of the features of out-of-body experiences in relation to Sylvan Muldoon's claims. European Journal of Parapsychology, 14,  89-99. (pdf)

1998-99: (First author with N.L. Zingrone & K. Dalton). Out-of-body experiences: Alterations of consciousness and the five-factor model of personality. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 18, 297-317.

1998-99: (Second author, with N.L. Zingrone & K. Dalton). Psi experiences and the "Big Five": Relating the NEO-PI-R to the experience claims of experimental subjects. European Journal of Parapsychology, 14, 31-51. (pdf)

1998: Sleepwalking and spontaneous parapsychological experiences: A research note. Journal of Parapsychology, 62, 349-351.

1998: ESP and altered states of consciousness: An overview of conceptual and research trends.  Journal   of   Parapsychology, 62, 27-63. (pdf)

1997-98: (First author with N.L. Zingrone).  Factors related to the depth of near-death experiences: Testing the “embellishment over time” hypothesis.  Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 17, 339-344.

1996: Exploring the features of spontaneous psychic experiences. European Journal of Parapsychology, 12, 61-74. (pdf)

1996: Hacia una parapsicologia cientifica en America Latina [Towards a scientific parapsychology in Latin America]. Revista Argentina de Psicologia Paranormal, 7, 223-234. (pdf)

1994: (First author with N.L. Zingrone) Individual differences in aura vision: relationships to visual imagery and imaginative fantasy experiences. European Journal of Parapsychology, 10,1-30. (pdf)

1993: (First author, with White, R. A., & Zingrone, N. L.) Bibliography of the published works of Charles Honorton. Journal of Parapsychology, 57, 215-226.

1992: The psychological approach to out-of-body experiences: A review of early and modern developments. Journal of Psychology, 126, 237-250.

1991:  Iatrogenesis and dissociation: A historical note.  Dissociation, 4, 36-38. (pdf)

1989: Trends in the study of out-of-body experiences:  An overview of developments since the nineteenth century. Journal of  Scientific Exploration, 3, 27-42. (pdf)

1989: Dissociation and state-specific psychophysiology during the nineteenth century. Dissociation, 2, 160-168. (pdf)

1982:  ESP during out-of-body experiences: A review of experimental studies. Journal of Parapsychology, 46, 209-230. (pdf)

1982:  Historical perspective in parapsychology: Some practical considerations.  Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 51, 265-271. (pdf)

1981: (Second author, with A. Martínez-Taboas) Poltergeist agents: A review of research trends and conceptualizations. European Journal of Parapsychology, 4, 99-110. (pdf)

Professional activities


2002-2003 and 1995: President, Parapsychological Association

2002-currently: Assistant Editor, Advances in Parapsychological Research

2001: Program Chair, Parapsychological Association Convention, New York City

2001-Currently: Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Near-Death Studies

2000-Currently: Series Editor, Parapsychological Monographs

2000-Currently: Associate Editor, International Journal of Parapsychology

2000-Currently: Member of Advisory Board, Instituto de Medicina y Tecnología Avanzada de la Conducta (Institute of Medicine and Advanced Technology of Behavior), Juárez, Mexico.

1995-Currently: President, Asociación Iberoamericana de Parapsicología

1986-1993: Visiting Scholar, Institute for Parapsychology, Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man, Durham, NC.

1986: President, Southeastern Regional Parapsychological Association


1998-Currently: Member, Asociación de Psicólogos de Puerto Rico

1996-Currently: Member, Association for the Study of Dreams

1995-Currently: Member, International Society for the Study of Dissociation

1990-1995, 1997-1999, 2000-2003: Member, Board of Directors, Parapsychological Association

1989-Currently: Member, Cheiron: International Society for the History of the Behavioral Sciences

1979-Currently: Member, Parapsychological Association
















































































































































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