Public Lectures and Appearances by the DOPS Researchers

Upcoming Lectures and Presentations by DOPS Researchers




  • June 15, 2017, 12:00 pm, Roanoke, VA. Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Jim Tucker will present his research on “Children Who Report Memories of Previous Lives”.



  • August 19, 2017, 10:00 am, Richmond VA. Central Virginia IONS Community, Dr. Jim Tucker will present his research on “Children Who Report Past-life Memories”.


Recent Lectures and Presentations by DOPS Researchers


March 22-23, 2017, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Beyond Being : Frontiers in Consciousness Research-Science, Spirituality and Wellness  Description: When our physical life ends, does our consciousness end as well? Leading researchers in the fields of consciousness and neurobiology explored narratives of past-life and near-death experiences. The profound long-term impacts of these experiences were discussed along with the emerging research into a post-mortem existence.

 March 22, 6:30 pm: Broyhill Auditorium, Ferrell Hall, Wake Forest University

Panelists: Shamini Jain, PhD, and UVA DOPS researchers Kim Penberthy PhD and Ed Kelly PhD. Click here to watch the Video of this event on March 22nd, 2017.

March 23, 6:30 pm: Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, Wake Forest University

Keynote Speaker: Author and near-death experiencer Jeff Olsen

Panelists: Ulnike Wiesthaus, PhD, and UVA DOPS researchers Jim Tucker, MD and Bruce Greyson, MD (no video available at this time of the March 23rd presentations)


  • February 22, 2017, 12:30-1:30 pm, Medical Center Hour, Pinn Hall (formerly Jordan Hall) Auditorium, UVA School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

 “Life After Death? 50 Years of Research at UVA”

This special presentation of the research being done at DOPS is free and open to the public. The DOPS faculty who will be presenting their research will be: Jim Tucker, on children who claim to recall past lives; Bruce Greyson, on near-death experiences; Kim Penberthy, on meditation and altered states; and Edward Kelly on implications of this research for the relationship of mind and brain.

The Charlottesville VA, CBS affiliate Channel 19, interviewed Dr. Bruce Greyson after the Medical Center Hour presentations. Click here to view the interview.


Program Title: Parapsychology in Context – Towards a Personal Reconciliation of Science and Spirit.  The IONS 21st  Anniversary Program will feature a talk by Edward F. Kelly, Ph.D., author of numerous scholarly works such as Irreducible Mind and Beyond Physicalism and Professor of Research at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) in Charlottesville, VA.

  • January 10, 2017, 4:00-5:00 pm, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Leonard Sandridge Auditorium in McKim Hall, UVA School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA.

“Does the Mind Exist Without the Brain? 50 Years of Research at the Division of Perceptual Studies”

For this special Grand Rounds, the DOPS researchers presented their work to medical residents, faculty and staff in the department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences within the UVA School of Medicine. Dr. Jim Tucker presented on children who claim to recall past lives, Dr. Bruce Greyson presented on near-death experiences, and Dr. Kim Penberthy presented on meditation and altered states.



  • September 17th, 2016 Boston, MASpecial Public Lecture Event presented by UVA DOPS Researchers and Tracy Coen at the Museum of Science, Boston, MA. 

Do We Survive Death? A Look at the Evidence: UVA Division of Perceptual Studies faculty presented their research into the nature of human consciousness. For this special event, they offered insights into their investigations of near-death experiences, psi phenomena, and children who remember previous lives.

Check out our Facebook page for photos of the recent event and visit our Division of Perceptual Studies YouTube Channel to view the videos.

The videos of the researchers’ lectures from this special event, were made possible through the generous support of Tracy Coen of Boston.

Click on the links below to view the videos from this special public event:

Here is the video capturing the entire conference (2 hours and 3o minutes):  Do We Survive Death? A Look at the Evidence

Below are shorter videos of each speaker:

Dr. Jim Tucker: Children Who Remember Previous Lives

In this video, Dr. Jim Tucker, author of Life Before Life and Return to Life and director of UVA The Division of Perceptual Studies, presents his research regarding small children who remember details of a previous life. He also offers some history regarding the founding of the Division of Perceptual Studies at UVA by Dr. Ian Stevenson.

Dr. Bruce Greyson: Near-death Experiences-Jeff Olsen shares his personal NDE

Dr. Bruce Greyson presents his research into near-death experiences in this video. Dr. Greyson is a highly respected researcher of NDEs, co-author of The Handbook of Near-Death Experience: Thirty Years of Investigation , our former director here at DOPS and he is the co-founder of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). Additionally in this video, author Jeff Olsen relates his moving and profound near-death experience as a prelude to Dr. Greyson’s presentation.

Dr. Kim Penberthy: Mindfulness and Altered States

In this video, Dr. Kim Penberthy, Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, and the most recent addition to the research faculty at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies, presents her research into mindfulness and altered states. Dr. Penberthy is interested in the relationship between mindfulness and other altered states of consciousness and the effects on our physiology.

Dr. Edward F. Kelly:Consciousness is More than a Product of the Brain

In this video, Dr. Edward F. Kelly, author/editor of Irreducible Mind and Beyond Physicalism , and director of the Ray Westphal Neuro-imaging lab at UVA DOPS, is presenting his research and ideas regarding the implications of shifting the current scientific paradigm beyond the limitations of material science. In Dr. Kelly’s books, he carefully outlines  scientifically supported concepts related to the notion that consciousness is much more than a mere product of brain activity


  • March 17, 2016, Charlottesville, VA. Virginia Festival of the Book UVA DOPS Researchers  presented at the 22nd annual Virginia Festival of the Book.

Topic of discussion: Body and Soul: Reconciling Science and Spirituality

Authors Bernard Beitman (Connecting with Coincidence), Michael Grosso (The Man who Could Fly), and Edward Kelly (Beyond Physicalism) discussed their provocative scholarly books exploring unusual phenomena and applying theories from psychological, religious, and scientific perspectives.

-Bernard D. Beitman, MD, ( author of Connecting with Coincidence, is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and the former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has edited two issues of Psychiatric Annals devoted to coincidence studies.

-Michael Grosso, ( author of The Man Who Could Fly, is a philosopher interested in altered states of consciousness and unusual psychophysical phenomena. A former university teacher, he is now an independent scholar and writer who researches human potential.

-Edward F. Kelly, ( author of Beyond Physicalism, and is a member of the research faculty in the UVa’s Division of Perceptual Studies. He served previously as lead author of the book Irreducible Mind, and he is working on intensive psycho-physiological studies of psi and altered states of consciousness in exceptional subjects.

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Bruce Greyson, (, Chester Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the UVa School of Medicine and Dr. Greyson is former director of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies. Dr. Greyson is the co-editor of three books on near-death experiences and related phenomena including most recently, The Handbook of Near-Death Experience: Thirty Years of Investigation.

  • March 5th, 2016, New York, NY, 6:00-7:30.  Dr. Jim Tucker appeared with author Sharon Guskin at The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011.  Can consciousness continue after the brain stops working? Author Sharon Guskin’s striking debut novel The Forgetting Time is inspired by the real-life work of Jim Tucker of the Division of Perceptual Studies at UVA. Dr. Tucker joined Ms. Guskin for a conversation about the probability of past lives and reincarnation. This event was sold out.





Ed Kelly PhD, of DOPS, opened the discussion with a presentation titled “Framing the Dialogue”.  His presentation focused on the history of modern scientific research on meditation.

During this weekend event, researchers presented their work on the impact of contemplative meditation practice on behavior and the mind, as well as examined new areas of research to be explored between scientists and contemplatives.


In the interview, Dr. Tucker challenged the notion that consciousness is only the result of a functioning brain. He suggests that consciousness can be considered separately from the brain, which provides a basis for claims of reincarnation. He also discusses objections to reincarnation: the few persons who actually claim to remember a past life, the fragility of memories, the population explosion, the mind-body problem, fraud, and others. This was a live teleseminar.


  • October 2nd, 2010, Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in Nelson County, VA, New Directions in the Dialogue between Buddhism and Science This was a one-day workshop with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of the Ligmincha Institute and the DOPS researchers. There was a guided meditations led by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in addition to presentations by the DOPS researchers.

Topics covered by the DOPS researchers included:

-Cases of the reincarnation type-Dr. Jim Tucker

-Post-mortem survival-Dr. Emily Williams Kelly

-Near-death experiences-Dr. Bruce Greyson

-Psychic powers or “siddhis”-Dr. Edward Kelly

-Impressions of a Westerner teaching neuroscience to Buddhist monks- Dr. David Presti visiting Neuroscientist from the University of California at Berkeley