Marieta Pehlivanova’s Bio

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Marieta Pehlivanova, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences

UVA Division of Perceptual Studies


University of Virginia Health System
Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences
Division of Perceptual Studies
P.O. Box 800152 
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0152
Phone: 434-924-2281
Fax: 434-924-1712


Research Interests:

  • Near-death experiences
  • Children reporting past-life memories
  • After-death communications
  • Personality correlates of psi beliefs and psi experiences


 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience focus), 2017
  • M.A. in Experimental Psychology, 2016

American University, Washington, DC

  • B.S. in Statistics (Mathematical Statistics track), 2007
  • Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience:

2007 – 2011: Biostatistician, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, MedStar Health Research Institute, Hyattsville, MD.

Invited Talks:

  • “Further Horizons of Survival Research.” Mind Beyond Brain, full-day event featuring UVA’s Division of Perceptual Studies, Boston, MA, July 13th, 2019.
  • “Near-Death Experiences.” Charlottesville Newcomers Club Quarterly Luncheon, Charlottesville, VA, October 22nd, 2019.
  • ”Support Needs and Outcomes for Near-Death Experiencers.” American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences 2019 Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 15th, 2019.
  • “Ethical Best Practice Recommendations for Responding to Near-Death & Related Experiencers.” Co-presented with Dr. Janice Holden. International Association for Near-Death Studies Spring Symposium. April 30th, 2021.

Media Appearances:

  • “UVA Division of Perceptual Studies Researching Near-death Experiences”: CBS 19 News, Charlottesville, VA, October 30, 2019.