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Current project, using 2021/22 Early Career Research Funding. To explore spiritual experiences in all types of epilepsy, and to provide a more discriminating type of categorisation than has previously been undertaken and answer the research question ‘Do individuals with all types of epilepsy report associated anomalous experiences and which experiences do they have?’ 

Interested in archaeology, visiting musuems and art galleries. Hobbies include learning how to play the ukelele (badly) and wild swimming.


Research Interests

Research interests include mystical, anomalous and transpersonal experiences, clinical parapsychology and spirituality in epilepsy. I am also intersted in researching spirituality in psychotherapy and counselling, transpersonal practices in therapy, and the wounded healer.

Methodologies - narrative (particularly autoethnography), Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Reflexive Thematic Analysis.

External Roles

External Examiner - Alef Trust, MSc Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psycholog

External Examiner - Bishop Grosseteste University, BSc Psychology & Counselling

External Examiner - Wealden College of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other Responsibilities

Module Leader - Psychology MSc programmes - Advanced Research Methods & Dissertation

MSc Counselling - Placement Officer

Programme Manager - Dublin Centre for Therapy and Counselling

Module Leader - Conselling In Context

Faculty Disability Officer

Co-Chair Staff Disability Network


Fil Kinnersley, Psychology & Sociology


Research Interests

I am a member of the Exceptional Experience and Consciousness Studies (EECS) Research Group at the University of Northampton.

I am also a member of the Spiritual Crisis Network research group

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, A transpersonal exploration of spirituality in epilepsy, University of Northampton

1 May 20143 Dec 2021

Award Date: 8 Jul 2022

Master, M.A. Philosophy (Aesthetics & Arts), University of Essex

Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

Bachelor, B.A. (Hons) Philosophy, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jul 1992

External positions

External Examiner, Bishop Grosseteste University

1 Jul 2020 → …

External Examiner, Wealden Psychology Institute

1 Sept 2019 → …

External Examiner, University of East London

1 Oct 20181 Dec 2019

Professional Member, Parapsychological Association

22 Dec 0001 → …

Committee Member, BPS Transpersonal Section

31 Oct 0001 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • BL Religion
  • RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology


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