Carlos S. Alvarado has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Edinburgh, and holds masters degrees in parapsychology (MS, John F. Kennedy University), and in history (MA, Duke University). His work has centered on survey research (on out-of-body experiences and other psychic experiences) and studies about the history of psychical research.

Alvarado is Research Fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation, Assistant Professor of Research at the University of Virginia, and Adjunct Research Faculty at Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Near-Death Studies and the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. Alvarado is also the recipient of the 2010 Parapsychological Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award and of the 2010 Harold and Sherry Crasilneck Award for Best First Paper on Hypnosis published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.

He is one of the editors of Research in Parapsychology 1993 (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998) and the author of booklets for introducing parapsychology to the general public (Getting Started in Parapsychology. New York: Parapsychology Foundation, 2002; Apuntes para una Introducción a la Parapsicología. New York: Parapsychology Foundation, 1999). His scientific and scholarly work has been published in psychology, psychiatry, and parapsychology journals.

Selected Bibliography of Scientific and Scholarly Articles


(2010). (second author, with Zingrone, N.L., & Cardeña, E.). Out-of-body experiences, physical body activity and posture: Responses from a survey conducted in Scotland. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198, 163-165.

(2009). (second author, with N.L. Zingrone & N. Agee). Psychological correlates of aura vision: Psychic experiences, dissociation, absorption, and synaesthesia-like experiences. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 37, 131-168.

(2007-2008). (first author, with N.L. Zingrone). Interrelationships of psychic experiences, dream recall and lucid dreams in a survey with Spanish participants. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 27, 63-69.

(2004). (First author, with N.L. Zingrone). Exploring the factors related to the aftereffects of out-of-body experiences. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 67, 161-183.

(2001). Features of out-of-body experiences in relation to perceived closeness to death. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 189, 331-332.

(1999). (First author, with N.L. Zingrone). Out-of-body experiences among readers of a Spanish New Age magazine. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 63, 65-85.

(1998-1999). (First author, with N.L. Zingrone & K. Dalton). Out-of-body experiences: Alterations of consciousness and the five-factor model of personality. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 18, 297-317.

(1998-1999). (First author, with N.L. Zingrone). A study of the features of out-of-body experiences in relation to Sylvan Muldoon’s claims. European Journal of Parapsychology, 14,  89-99.

Historical Topics

(2014). (first author, with E. de O. Maraldi, F.R. Machado, & W. Zangari). Théodore Flournoy’s contributions to psychical research. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 78, 149-168.

(2012). (First author, with N.L. Zingrone). Classic Text No. 90: ‘The Pathology and Treatment of Mediomania’, by Frederic Rowland Marvin (1874). History of Psychiatry, 23, 229-244.

(2012). (First author, with R. Evrard). The psychic sciences in France: Historial notes on the Annales des Sciences Psychiques.Journal of Scientific Exploration, 26, 117–140.

(2011). 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 (pp. 35-51). New York: Springer Science+Business Media.

(2011). Eusapia Palladino: An autobiographical essay. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 25, 77-101.

(2010). Classic text No. 84: ‘Divisions of personality and spiritism’ by Alfred Binet (1896). History of Psychiatry, 21, 487-500

(2002). Dissociation in Britain during the late nineteenth century: The Society for Psychical Research, 1882-1900. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 3, 9-33.

(1993). Gifted subjects’ contributions to parapsychology: The case of Eusapia Palladino. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 59, 269-292.


(2013). (Second author, with K. Harris). A review of qualitative mediumship research. In A. Rock (Ed.), The Survival Hypothesis: Essays on Mediumship (pp. 196-219). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

(2012). Explorations of the features of out-of-body experiences: An overview and critique of the work of Robert Crookall.Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 76, 65-82.

(2010). Investigating mental mediumship: Research suggestions from the historical literature. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 24, 197-224.

(2007). (second author, with N.L. Zingrone). Pleasurable Western adult near-death experiences: Features, circumstances and incidence. In J.M. Holden, B. Greyson, & D. James (Eds.), The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences(pp. 17-40). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

(2006). Neglected near-death phenomena. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 24, 131-151.

(2002). Guest editorial: Thoughts on the study of spontaneous cases. Journal of Parapsychology, 66, 115-125.

(2000). Out-of-body experiences. In E. Cardeña, S.J. Lynn, & S. Krippner (Eds.), Varieties of Anomalous Experiences(pp. 183-218). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

(1997). Mapping the characteristics of out-of-body experiences. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 91, 13-30.