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Parapsychology, Anomalistic Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology

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Research Interests

His research interest are around understanding the nature of anomalous experiences and includes research on the psychology of paranormal belief and of deception and the phenomenology of paranormal experience as well as experimental approaches to test claims for extrasensory perception and psychokinesis, particularly where they involve psychological factors. Recent research has been concerned with unconscious measures of psi and predicting performance using a composite personality measure called ‘lability’.


Current PhD students

Kirsty Allan: Sensory isolation in floatation tanks as a method of promoting psi phenomena

Zak Baldwin: An investigation into the effects of action video-games and gaming interfaces on visual selective attention and age-related cognitive decline.

Hayley BartonCognitive decline across the adult lifespan: A role for sleep and lifestyle.

Mike Daw: An examination of the differential effect of omnivorous, vegetarian, vegan, and fasting diets on psi.

Rachel Evenden: Working with anomalous experiences when counselling for bereavement: Mapping the territory and identifying best practice.

Lesley Kalish: What are therapists' understandings of Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) and how is that reflected in their beliefs about how patients' presenting with MUS can best be supported?

Felicity Kinnersley: The Experience of Spiritualist Mental Mediumship Development.

Aaron Lomas: The Phenomenology and Understandings of Apparitional and Anomalous Experiences Reported During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Sofia Machado: Induced near-death experiences in healthy volunteers: Phenomenology, psychophysiology, and after-effects.

Ewen Maclean: Pathways to mediumship experiences: Clients’ participation with mediumship in contemporary Britain.

Jenny Mullan: Birth Trauma Resolution therapy as an intervention method for the midwifery/childbirth trauma cycle.

Alex Wilson: The Transformative Nature of Altered States of Consciousness in Youth Subculture.

Teaching Interests

Chris teaches on the undergraduate modules PSY3007: Parapsychology and the psychology of anomalous experience, PSY3027: Psychology of spirituality, religion and wellbeing, and PSY2007: Psychology of wellbeing. He contributes to the MSc modules PSYM101: Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology, and PSYM081: Applied Social and Critical Social Psychology. He delivers workshops as part of ENVM501: Research Degree Supervision, and offers sessions for the Graduate School providing a Basic Guide to Quantitative Research Methods and on Preparing for the Viva. His other main role at the University of Northampton is in supervising PhD students and mentoring early career researchers,

External Roles

Chris is a Vice-President of the Society for Psychical Research and the International Affiliate for England of the Parapsychology Foundation. He is Past President of the Parapsychological Association and past-chair of the British Psychological Society's Transpersonal Psychology Section. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Parapsychology and for the Transpersonal Psychology Review. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. He is a member of the Bial Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Transpersonal Psychology & Consciousness Studies, University of Northampton


Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

PhD, Persuasion in the Context of a Psychic Reading, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Nov 1995

Bachelor, Biological Sciences (Psychology), University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 1989


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