Carlos S. Alvarado

Carlos1Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado is a Research Fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation and Assistant Professor of Research at the University of Virginia. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration and a past President of the Parapsychological Association.

Alvarado’s work has centered on survey research (on out-of-body experiences and other psychic experiences) and studies about the history of psychical research. He is the recipient of the 2010 Parapsychological Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award and was the Program Chair for the Association’s 2012 convention.

In recent years he has taught online parapsychology courses for the Rhine Research Center. This includes an introduction to parapsychology, and courses about mediumship, precognition, and out of body and near-death experiences.

He is one of the editors of Research in Parapsychology 1993 (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998) and has authored over 250 papers in history, psychology, psychiatry, and parapsychology journals (some PDFs are available here). Some of his recent publications about topics related to survival of death are: (Second author, with K. Harris). A review of qualitative mediumship research. In A. Rock (Ed.), The Survival Hypothesis: Essays on Mediumship. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014; Mediumship and psychical research. In C. Moreman (Ed.), The Spiritualist Movement (Vol. 2). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013; and Psychic phenomena and the mind-body problem: Historical notes on a neglected conceptual tradition. In A. Moreira-Almeida and F.S. Santos (Eds.), Exploring Frontiers of the Mind-Brain Relationship. New York: Springer Science+Business Media, 2012.

Alvarado is currently working on a review paper about shared death experiences. He recently finished two historical articles about deathbed visions, and, with colleagues, an examination of the mediumship research of Swiss psychologist Théodore Flournoy.