Richard Broughton gained a PhD in psychology at the University of Edinburgh, where he studied under John Beloff. Following appointments at the University of Utrecht and the State University of New York, he joined the Institute for Parapsychology (successor to the Duke University Parapsychology Laboratory and now known as the Rhine Research Center) in Durham, North Carolina, where he eventually served as director for five years. In 2000, he left to establish Intuition Laboratories, Inc., but eventually returned to the UK and to academia, joining the psychology division of The University of Northampton in 2004. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and a critically acclaimed popular book Parapsychology: The Controversial Science (1991). He is a twice past president and former long-time board member of the Parapsychological Association, and has served on the SPR Council since 2004, most recently as president, currently as treasurer.