Careers in Parapsychology/Psychical Research
Currently we do not have any research positions open at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies.
We will post future job announcements here, so please check back from time to time.
Opportunities for making a full-time career in parapsychology are very rare, since there are presently many more qualified people wishing to work in the field than there are funds for their support. Opportunities do exist, however.
Carlos Alvarado Ph.D., one of our respected colleagues in the field, has valuable information to offer regarding careers in parapsychology.
- What is Parapsychology?
- Parapsychology as a Profession
- Getting to Work in Parapsychology
- Reflections on Being a Parapsychologist
- The Historical Perspective in Parapsychology
Nancy Zingrone Ph.D., another of our respected research colleagues, offers important information about basic literacy in the field of parapsychology. In this article, she outlines the body of literature which serves as a solid foundation for those students and professionals who aspire to build a career in the field of parapsychology. Read: What Basic Literacy in the Field of Parapsychology Can Do For You
The Alvarado-Zingrone Institute for Research and Education offers a wide variety of resources for those interested in studying parapsychology including classes taught by respected researchers and authors in the field. Click here for information regarding the courses they offer online.
VA DOPS is one of a limited number of University-based research units in the world investigating similar paranormal phenomena. Some of the other research centers are at, theUniversity of Arizona Center for Consciousness Studies the University of Edinburgh-Koestler Parapsychology Unit, and the University of Hertfordshire in England. The researchers at the University of Virginia’s unit have a special interest in studying the evidence for survival of consciousness after death.
The University of West Georgia offers BS, MA, and PhD degrees. The doctoral program emphasizes “Consciousness and Society.” Their programs incorporate existential, phenomenological, transpersonal, contemplative, critical, sociocultural, feminist, and depth psychologies. They emphasize a human science approach, qualitative methods, community praxis, cultural studies, social justice, consciousness studies, *parapsychology*, human potentiality, and spirituality.
For more information about the psychical research being done at other research facilities throughout the world, please refer to the list of Accredited Colleges and Universities in the United States and the United Kingdom found on the Parapsychology Foundation. Another resource that may be helpful is the Parapsychological Association website.