Carlos S. Alvarado Biography

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD in the fall of 2014
Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD in the fall of 2014

Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D. received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.Sc. in Parapsychology from John F. Kennedy University in California, an M.A. in History from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. His research has been funded by the Parapsychology Foundation (New York City), the Society for Psychical Research (London, England), the Perrott-Warrick Fund (Cambridge, England) and the Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene (Freiburg, Germany), and more recently by the Bial Foundation (Portugal).

As an adjunct faculty member, Alvarado taught parapsychology and APA style at Carlos Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has also served on dissertation committees at the University Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras  and at Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology) in California where he is currently an Adjunct Research Faculty. From 2003 through 2011, Alvarado also had an appointment as Assistant Professor of Research at the University of Virginia in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, specifically in the Division of Perceptual Studies. From 2010 through January of 2013, he was also the Scholar in Residence at Atlantic University.

He served as the Chairman of Domestic and International Programs at the Parapsychology Foundation from 2000 to 2008, volunteered occasionally from 2008 through 2014, and in January  2015 was named the Foundation’s first Research Fellow. He has been the Associate Editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration since 2009. More recently he has been writing entries for the Psi Encyclopedia of the Society for Psychical Research and is the new Book Review Editor for the Journal of Parapsychology

Over the years Alvarado has run his own consulting firm on the side, working with Zingrone, and more recently with Chisdes as well. He has conducted historical research and survey studies in the United States, Scotland, and Puerto Rico, alone and together with Zingrone and Chisdes.

His current interests focus primary on the histories of psychology and psychical research.