Contributors

Harvey J Irwin (PhD, 1978) is a long-standing researcher with an interest in the psychology of parapsychological experiences and paranormal beliefs.  His publications include 150 papers in academic journals and five books, including the highly praised and widely used text ... more

Hannah Jenkins studied at the University of Sydney, and completed a PhD in analytical philosophy at the University of Tasmania, studying the evidence for psi in relation to explanation history and theory. She is founder and director of Quality Investigative Psi Projects (QIPP), which aims to develop ways of making... more

Dr David Luke, PhD, BSc, completed his doctoral thesis on the psychology of luck in 2007, and is now Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, where he teaches an undergraduate course on the Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience. 

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James G Matlock received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has had a longstanding engagement in parapsychology and has written on the history of parapsychology, the anthropology of religion, postmortem survival, and reincarnation in both anthropology and... more

Robert McLuhan studied English Literature at Oxford, then worked as a foreign correspondent for the Guardian in Spain and Portugal. He now works as a freelance journalist. He has been a member of the Society for Psychical Research since 1993, blogging and speaking on paranormal topics. His 2010... more

Michael Nahm studied zoology, botany, genetics and palaeontology, and earned his PhD with a dissertation on tree physiology. During the recent years, he initiated and coordinated national and international research projects in forestry science. In addition, he follows a second line of research by exploring... more

Roger Nelson is an experimental psychologist with a PhD from New York University. His background also includes physics and engineering. Nelson was Research Coordinator for the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory at Princeton University from 1980 to 2002. He is the founder of the Global... more

John Newton undertook postgraduate research into sixteenth- and seventeenth-century beliefs about ghosts at the University of Durham and the University of Oxford. He received his doctorate from the former in 2004 for his thesis exploring the relationship of the period’s literature to both the official theology and... more

John Palmer received a PhD in psychology from the University of Texas. He has worked at the Rhine Research Center (formerly Foundation of Research on the Nature of Man) almost continuously since 1984, serving as director of research and director of education. He is editor of the Journal of Parapsychology... more

Patricia Pearson is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Huffington Post and Businessweek. Her most recent book, A Brief History of Anxiety – Yours and Mine, challenged the notion that mood disorders are purely brain-based with... more

Guy Lyon Playfair joined the SPR in 1974 and is currently a member of the Library, Survival and Image, Publicity and Publications committees. A graduate of Cambridge University, he has been a freelance journalist and photographer since 1963. He spent 14 years in Brazil where he collected material for the first... more

Michael Potts is Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His Ph.D. is from The University of Georgia. He is the co-editor of Beyond Brain Death: The Case against Brain-Based Criteria for Human Death (Kluwer, 2000), and has authored numerous articles and... more

John Poynton is Professor Emeritus of biology at the University of Natal, South Africa, a research associate of the Natural History Museum, London, and a scientific fellow of the Zoological Society of London.  His main research has been in African zoology and biogeography; he has also published in the... more

Erika A Pratte is a professional writer, mental health clinician/counselor, and researcher in the field of exceptional experiences. She is the editor, co-creator, and owner of the Journal of Exceptional Experiences and Psychology. Erika holds a BA in English, an MA in psychology and is currently working on... more

Leslie Price is an associate editor of the quarterly journal Theosophical History which he founded in 1985.  He has served on the SPR Council and library committee, and was secretary of the first SPR international conference in 1977. He is also the founder editor of  The Christian... more

Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. He is author or coauthor of over 250 technical and popular... more

Sally Rhine Feather, PhD is a retired clinical psychologist, who credits her lifelong interest in parapsychology to growing up as the daughter of JB and Louisa E Rhine.  Dr Feather worked as a research assistant at the Duke Parapsychology Lab before and after earning a doctorate in... more

Prof. Chris Roe, Bsc, MSc, PhD, AFBPs, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Northampton in the UK. He is Director of the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes and is Course Leader for Northampton’s MSc in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies. Chris was awarded his PhD by... more

Serena Roney-Dougal gained a PhD in parapsychology at the University of Surrey (one of around fifty people in Britain who have this qualification). She has over forty years of study and experience in scientific, magical and spiritual explorations of the psyche, and has lectured and taught courses,... more

Dr Penny Sartori worked as an intensive care staff nurse for 17 years. She undertook the UK’s largest and first long term prospective study of near-death experiences (NDEs) under the supervision of Dr Peter Fenwick and Professor Paul Badham and was awarded a PhD for her research in 2005. She is uniquely qualified... more