Staff profile

Dr Ian Baker

Assistant Head of Discipline for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

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College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Assistant Head of Discipline for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences in the School of Psychology.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the Programme Leader for our BSc (Hons) in Psychology degree (including the with Foundation Year variant). I am also the Module Leader for Anomalistic Psychology and Parapsychology. Whilst most of my teaching focuses on quantitative research methods, I teach across a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research interests

I am the Lead of the Transformational Learning Research Group at the University of Derby.

I have a research interest in parapsychology, paranormal belief, religious belief, and the use of electrophysiology measures (EEG, ERP, Skin Conductance, etc).

I have supervised several students to the successful completion of their MRes projects, and I have supervised three students to the successful completion of their PhDs:

I am also currently supervising the following PhD student with other colleagues:

Membership of professional bodies


I am qualified in psychometric test use, and I hold the following qualifications that are awarded by the British Psychological Society (BPS):

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Additional interests and activities

I am a reviewer for the following journals:

In addition, I am an Article Editor for SAGE Open.

I have been on the conference committee (and one of the reviewers) for the annual convention of the Parapsychological Association (PA) for several years. I was the Editor of the European Journal of Parapsychology (EJP).

I have acted as an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Rapporteur.

In 2004, I received the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship Award from the Parapsychology Foundation, New York.

I have received over £200,000 of internal and external funding to date, and I have been a BIAL Foundation Research Fellow on several occasions.

In the media

Recent publications