Staff profile

Dr Paul Stevens

Senior Lecturer in Psychology




College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology (part-time).

I graduated with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, having earlier gained a BSc (Hons) in Astronomy from University College London. I have also undergone training in hypnosis and am a practising hypnotherapist.

My first academic post was a 10-year stint as Research Fellow with the Koestler Parapsychology Unit at the University of Edinburgh, where I conducted research and taught some related courses. I subsequently got Senior Lectureships in Psychology at the University of Bournemouth and the Open University before taking up a part-time post here at Derby.

I've taught a wide variety of courses at all levels, with a particular emphasis on ecopsychology. I have supervised six PhD students, all of whom successfully defended their theses.

My published research, supported by grants over £500K, focuses on environmental interaction - whether this comes under ecopsychology, parapsychology or psychophysiology - and, more recently, on altered states of consciousness.

I was Editor of the European Journal of Parapsychology from 2004-2008 and of the European Journal of Ecopsychology from 2010-2018, and am currently a Director at the Centre for Human Ecology.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach undergraduate and MSc ecopsychology, parapsychology and biopsychology/psychophysiology.

Professional interests

I am a practising hypnotherapist and have an interest in therapeutic techniques and ethics. I am also interested in shamanistic practices (indigenous and modern) and how they might relate to/inform mainstream psychological understanding of consciousness.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Recent publications

Stevens, P. (online pre-pub 2018). Fractal dimension links responses to a visual scene to its biodiversity. Ecopsychology 10

Stevens, P. (online pre-pub 2018). A hypnosis framing of therapeutic horticulture for mental health rehabilitation. The Humanistic Psychologist

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

Stevens, P (2012). "Towards an ecosociology". Sociology, 46(4), 579-595

[See my website for a full list]