Staff profile

Dr Malcolm Schofield

Lecturer in Psychology

Malcom Schofield stood on the balcony in the atrium.




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Psychology

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre





Dr Malcolm Schofield is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby and is the module leader for Advanced Quantitative Research Methods, Human Behaviour and Evolution, and Independent Studies in Psychology; also teaching the Parapsychology module.   Additionally, he is the lead of the B:ICEP (Belief Identity, Cognition, Experience, and Personality) research group. His research interests span paranormal, religious, and conspiracy beliefs and their relationship to personality and cognition. Malcolm has an interest in music psychology and supervises a wide range of PhD, Masters and Undergraduate projects. Malcolm is the current editor of the Journal of the Society for Psychological Research and sits on the Society for Psychical Research council. He has been featured on the BBC   documentary ‘Paranormal: The Girl, the Ghost and the Gravestone’, and has been in the Times Higher Education, Independent, Daily Mirror and the Daily Star.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the module leader on the Advanced Quantitative Research Methods. I also teach across a wide range of modules at the undergraduate level, including various research methods modules, Human Behaviour and Evolution, and Parapsychology.

Research interests

My research interests include paranormal belief, religious belief, and spirituality. Also, I am interested in personality, specifically the dark tetrad of personality.

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

Previous PhD Students who have completed:

Funding History

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Additional interests and activities

Invited talks

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