Researchers and Scholars

Open Positions at UVA DOPS:

Open Rank Professor of Psychiatry (tenure eligible), for a position in the Ray Westphal Neuroimaging Laboratory

The person filling this position would be considered a potential successor for its current co-director, cognitive neuroscientist Edward F. Kelly. The central long-term research interest of this laboratory lies in intensive functional neuroimaging studies (especially EEG, fNIRS, and fMRI studies) of anomalous or “psi” processes and psi-conducive altered states of consciousness in exceptional human subjects.

Click here for a General Description of the Ray Westphal Neuroimaging Lab

This is to be a full-time research position in the lab, with no external clinical, teaching or administrative duties. Its responsibilities will include scientific direction and oversight of the research program as a whole, initially in cooperation with Dr. Kelly and his electrical engineering co-director Dr. Ross Dunseath, in addition to implementation and development of the holder’s own thematically congruent research. The individual holding this position will be expected to seek and obtain extramural funding for ongoing research.


  • Doctoral degree in a Psychology/Neuroscience or related field
  • Extensive working knowledge of neuroimaging science and technology including high-level skills in experimental design and statistics, digital signal processing, and application of widely used neuroimaging data-analysis software such as EEGLAB, BRAINSTORM, SPM and MATLAB
  • Demonstrates effective oral and written communication resulting in presentations at regional and national conferences, as well as publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and project management skills required for productive collaborations in a laboratory team environment
  • Applicant must be willing to make a serious commitment to the long-term research objectives of the lab

This position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please visit UVA job board: Open Rank Faculty in Psychiatry (myworkdayjobs.comand search for job number R0043442

Researchers and Scholars:

We are interested in hearing from professional researchers in fields such as psychologists, psychiatrists, neurobiologists, neuroscientists, experimental psychologists, religious studies, philosophers, physicists, biostatisticians, and electrical engineers among many others.

Sabbaticals and Outside Funding Support:

Over the years, researchers and faculty from other academic institutions and disciplines have used their paid sabbaticals or have found outside funding to support their research projects as visiting researchers here at DOPS. The research projects pursued fell within the scope of the DOPS research endeavors and the visiting researchers enjoyed the support and mentorship of the DOPS faculty while they were engaged in the research projects. Visiting researchers from various related disciplines have worked with the DOPS research faculty on a numerous projects of mutual interest over the years.

We welcome inquiries from any and all such persons who might have an upcoming paid sabbatical or have found a funding source to support them and are interested in the scope of our research.

(Please note, we do not provide course credit, continuing education credit or funding to any visiting researchers for these specially arranged circumstances.)

Potential Projects: 

Here is an example of a proposed project for which we need qualified visiting researchers and funding:

We invite you to review more descriptions of the ways in which the DOPS researchers currently envision expanding their research within special areas of focus. For more information, please view Expanding Our Research

Visiting Scholars:

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of joining our research efforts, bringing your own funding, and/or exploring your mid-career sabbatical opportunities,  please email us at and submit:

  • A brief description of your academic background and interests
  • Your current resume or curriculum vitae in English
  • A brief research proposal describing a project related to the scope of the research being done at UVA DOPS
  • Your plans for providing your own funding related to the research project you are proposing

Your submissions will be reviewed by the DOPS research faculty for their consideration.



Masayuki Ohkado, UVA Dops Faculty, and Our Local Research Community

Masayuki Ohkado, UVA Dops Faculty, and Our Local Research Community

Resulting Papers from Visiting Scholars’ Projects:

This academic paper is the result of a collaboration between Masayuki Ohkado, and Bruce Greyson.  Masayuki Ohkado was on paid sabbatical as a visiting researcher from Chubu University at the time of this project. Dr. Ohkado made special arrangements with the faculty to spend his year long paid sabbatical here to learn about the research being carried out at UVA DOPS, as well as to collaborate on various projects of his own with the DOPS faculty. Numerous academic papers came out of his time here.

Comparative Analysis of Japanese and Western NDEs, by Masayuki Ohkado, Ph.D. Bruce Greyson, M.D.  (Journal of Near-Death Studies, 32(4), Summer 2014)  Decades of studies on near-death experiences (NDEs) have revealed both cross-cultural and culture-specific features (Kellehear, 2009) and that it is important to determine which aspects are attributed to the physiological, biological, or psychological mechanisms shared by all humans and which aspects are of cultural origin. In this article, we examine Japanese NDEs and compare their features with generalizations based on observations of Western NDEs. (pdf)

Expanding Our Research:

We invite you to review the descriptions of the ways in which the DOPS researchers currently envision expanding their research within special areas of focus.

Please see “Expanding Our Research” for more information.