Scientific Team - Selected Biographies
Eben Alexander, III, M.D.
Chief Science Officer, Eternea;
Private Medical Practice
Near Death Experience (NDE), Epistemology,
Consciousness Research, Nature of Reality
Eben Alexander, III, M.D., F.A.C.S.,
Best-selling author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife,
Eben Alexander III, MD, FACS spent over 25 years as an academic neurosurgeon, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women's Hospital,
the Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 2008, his own remarkable near-death experience radically transformed
his understanding of consciousness and the brain. Dr. Alexander co-founded the nonprofit Eternea to share this information,
to further the research on science and spirituality and the nature of consciousness, and to encourage people to bring
unconditional love into daily life. He currently serves as Eternea's Chief Science Officer.
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Dr. Gary Schwartz
Affiliation: University of Arizona, Director of the laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, Chairman Eternea
Research Interests: Consciousness studies, Biofield Science, Energy Healing Research
Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
He is also Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. In 2002, he created a Center for Frontier Medicine in
Biofield Science at the University of Arizona, which he directed for four years. He continues to collaborate on biofield science and
energy healing research, serving as Corporate Director of Development of Energy Healing at Canyon Ranch. Prior to coming to Arizona
in 1988, Gary taught at Harvard, then at Yale, where he was director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center and co-director of the Yale
Behavioral Medicine Clinic. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1971.
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Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D.
Institute of Noetic Sciences, Founder,
Research Interests: Consciousness studies, cosmology, zero
point energy, quantum holography, sustainability.
Chairman Emeritus, Eternea, Inc.
Designated naval aviator: 1954
Military test pilot: 1958-1972
Technical Director, Navy Space Systems: 1964-1965
Served with NASA and the Astronaut Corps: 1966-1972
Served on the backup crew for Apollo 10 and Apollo 16
Lunar Module Pilot Apollo 14 lunar mission, January
31-February 9, 1971;
became sixth man to walk on the moon.
BS Industrial Management,
Naval Postgraduate School, 1961
ScD Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, 1964
New Mexico State University, 1971 (honorary)
University, 1971 (honorary)
Akron, 1979 (honorary)
University 1996 (honorary)
Founder, Institute of Noetic Sciences, 1973; Chairman
President, Edgar Mitchell Productions, 1980—2016
Public Speaker, Lecturer, Consultant, Author, 1972-2016
Author: "The Way of the Explorer" Putnam NY '96;
"Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science,"
Putnam NY '74
Raymond Moody, Ph.D., M.D.
Near Death Experience (NDE),
Consciousness Research, Formal Logic and Reasoning
from the Medical College of Georgia, 1976
Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia, 1969
M.A. in philosophy from the University of Virginia, 1967
B.A. with Honors in philosophy from the University of Virginia, 1966
Dr. Moody is the leading authority on the
near-death experience -- a
phrase he coined in the late seventies.
Moody is a best selling author of 11 books including
Life After Life -- which has
sold over 13 million copies world wide -- and
Reunions, a bestseller, as well
as numerous articles in academic and professional literature. Dr.
Moody conducts many different lecture/workshop presentations on the
topics of: Near Death Experiences, Death with Dignity, Life After
Loss, Surviving Grief and Finding Hope, Reunions- Visionary
Encounters with Departed Loved Ones. The Healing Power of Humor,
Catastrophic tragedies & events causing collective grief responses,
The Loss of Children, The Logic of Nonsense, and many more.He
trains Hospice workers, clergy, psychologist, nurses, doctors and
other medical professional in all aspects of his work. Dr. Moody
also works as a practitioner of philosophic counseling. He consults
on a private individual basis in person, by phone, or at the bedside
of the dying.
Kenneth Ring, Ph.D.
Spiritually Transformative Experiences
(STE), Transpersonal Psychology
Dr. Kenneth Ring is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University
of Connecticut. He is
the co-founder and past President of The International Association
of Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and the author of five books on the
subject of near-death experiences, including Heading Toward Omega
and Lessons from the Light. He has also lectured internationally for many years on NDEs
and other similar topics and has appeared on many radio and
television programs in connection with his work.
Genie T. Palmer, Ph.D.
Affiliation: Sofia University
Exceptional Human Experiences
Genie T. Palmer earned her Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology from
the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) in 1999 (known as Sofia University
as of July 1, 2012). As an Executive Core Faculty member at the
university, she serves as Director of the Writing & Research Center,
which houses a Writing Lab, and as Dissertation Director for
Residential and Global Ph.D. Programs. She supports the dissertation
process by teaching and by assisting students with both the inner
and outer work of completing their dissertation process. Dr. Palmer
teaches courses related to dissertation preparation, advanced
research methods, and models of psychospiritual growth and
development. Her research and writing emphasis is on exceptional
human experiences (EHEs), particularly their disclosure aspects and
work and life impacts. As a transpersonal practitioner, she works
with individuals and groups using a process of spiritual guidance to
foster spiritual growth and development, and of coaching to
facilitate assimilation and integration of varieties of spiritual
and transpersonal experiences, such as mystical experiences, dreams,
and meaningful coincidences.
Jeffrey Long, MD
Affiliation: Near-Death Experience Research
Research Interests: Spiritually Transformative
Jeffrey Long is a radiation oncologist and author of the New York
Times bestseller Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of
Near-Death Experiences. A leading near-death experience (NDE)
researcher, in 1998 he established the nonprofit Near-Death
Experience Research Foundation. He also founded the NDERF, ADCRF and
OBERF websites devoted to the study of near-death experience,
after-death communication, and out-of-body experience respectively.
These websites contain the full text of thousands of personally
reported narratives. His work has led to increasing awareness that
worldwide and across cultural boundaries, people all share these
types of experiences, and that they are similar to a degree that is
medically inexplicable. Long has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's
World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, FOX's The O'Reilly Factor,
and The Learning Channel. He has also been interviewed on the Art
Bell radio show and on Coast to Coast radio with George Noory over a
Neal Grossman, PhD
Affiliation: Professor Emeritus University of
Illinois at Chicago, Eternea
Research interests: Consciousness, Spiritually
Neal Grossman has recently retired after 40 years of teaching
Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his
B.S. from MIT and his MA and PhD in the History and Philosophy of
Science from Indiana University. Before beginning his teaching
career, he served in the Peace Corps. His areas of inquiry are wide
ranging, including the philosophy of quantum mechanics Spinoza,
Plato, mysticism, and survival research. He is on the Board of
Directors of the Chicago Chapter of the International Association
for Near-Death Studies and has published the book, Healing the Mind:
the Philosophy of Spinoza Adapted for a New Age, as well as numerous
articles on questions of consciousness, near-death experiences, life
after death, ESP, and related topics.
Pam Kircher, MD
Research Interests: Interconnectedness and
universal love, NDEs
Pam Kircher is a childhood Near-Death Experiencer. Her deep
awareness of universal love and interconnectedness led her to study
at Baylor College of Medicine (1975-1979) and become a Family Doctor
with an emphasis on mind, body, spirit medicine. From
1990-1994 she worked at the Hospice at the Texas Medical Center in
Houston where she introduced an open awareness and discussion of
NDEs and Nearing Death Awareness in the final stages of life.
In 1994 she moved to Durango, CO where she subsequently helped
develop the “Touch, Love, and Compassion” and the “Steps to Surgical
Success” programs which led to establishing an Integrative Care
Department at Mercy Medical Center. In these programs, patients are
offered free-of-charge energy work, aromatherapy, music therapy, and
guided meditation. For over twenty year, Dr. Kircher has given
presentations nationally and internationally on NDEs, end-of-life
issues, and integrative medicine. Her book, Love is the Link: A
Hospice Doctor Shares her Experience of Near-Death and Dying, was
published in 1995. And, for the past decade, she has been a Master
Trainer in Dr. Paul Lam’s modified Tai Chi for Health programs for
older adults and people with chronic conditions.
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