Staff profile

Dr Paul Stevens

Senior Lecturer in Psychology


Psychology and Counselling


College of Life and Natural Sciences


Life Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Senior Lecturer in Psychology (Part-time)

Teaching responsibilities

Undergraduate & MSc teaching in ecopsychology, parapsychology & biological psychology

Professional interests

I am a practising hypnotherapist and have an interest in therapeutic techniques and ethics.

Research interests

States of consciousness (especially relating to hypnosis and nature-related therapeutic response).

Ecopsychology (restorative environments, ecotherapy)

Theoretical development in Parapsychology

Membership of professional bodies

National Council for Hypnotherapy (Member; Director of Ethics)

British Society of Academic and Clinical Hypnosis (Member)

Centre for Human Ecology (Director/Trustee)

Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (Member)


Ph.D. Psychology, Edinburgh (1997)

B.Sc. (Hons) Astronomy, University College London (1992)

Hypnotherapy  Practitioner  Dip.,& Cert.  Stress  Management,  Academy  of  Clinical  & Medical  Hypnosis (2015)


CPD.  Ecopsychology,  University  of  Strathclyde  /  Centre  for  Human  Ecology (2007)

Level  1  Clinical  Hypnosis,  BST  Foundation  London (2006)


Recent conferences

2017 European Society for Hypnosis Congress, Manchester: "A hypnosis framing of therapeutic horticulture".

2015 Re-enchanting the Academy, Canterbury: "Reclaiming the non-linguistic mind"

2015 Nature Connections, Derby: "Nature connection as an altered state of mind"

Recent publications

Stevens, P. (2017). “Engaging the non-linguistic mind: Re-enchantment beyond words”. In A. Voss & S. Wilson (eds). Re-enchanting the Academy. Rubedo Press, 

Stevens, P. (2014). "Feeling our way in ecopsychology". Ecopsychology, 6(1), 28-29.

Stevens, P. (2014), "Affective priming of perceived environmental restorativeness". International Journal of Psychology. 49(1), 51-55, doi: 10.1002/ijop.12016

Stevens, P (2012). "Towards an ecosociology". Sociology, 46(4), 579-595. doi:10.1177/0038038511422586