Staff profile

Dr Paul Stevens


Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Subject

Psychology and Counselling

College

College of Life and Natural Sciences

Department

School of Human Sciences

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

P.Stevens@derby.ac.uk

About

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

Qualifications

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]