Nancy L. Zingrone has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology (Mundelein College), a Masters of Science in Education specializing in higher education with a teaching specialty in psychology (Northern Illinois University), was a doctoral candidate in History, with a focus on the histories of science and medicine (Duke University), and has a Ph.D. in Psychology (University of Edinburgh) where her dissertation utilized the methodologies of history and rhetoric of science, and discursive psychology.
She has conducted experimental ESP research, survey studies of psychic experiences, as well as an examination of texts in parapsychology from a science studies point of view.
Currently she is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Northcentral University, teaching undergraduate courses, masters and doctoral level courses in research methods, basic statistics and the history of psychology psychology online, a Research Fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation, and the Head of Department for the online Parapsychology Programme at the International University of Graduate Studies.
Recently, Zingrone and her husband, Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado, have re-energized their consulting business offering a variety of research, translation, and online teaching services. Currently they are working on updating their main website, and their research website, with an aim towards data collection on a variety of exceptional experiences from their traditional interest in the out-of-body experience and apparitions, to a renewed interest in shared death experiences thanks to a grant from IANDs. They are also involved in a variety of online teaching activities related to the field including their YouTube channel, Parapsychology Online; their teaching activities using the Virtual Classroom at www.WizIQ.com, and in the AZIRE Learning Center in the virtual world, Second Life, mainly organizing the annual free online course, Parapsychology Research and Education with the support of the Parapsychology Foundation. They are also working with the Parapsychology Foundation to expand the PF's online presence through the Parapsychology Foundation YouTube channel, and the Parapsychology Foundation Lyceum Online Academy on WizIQ.
Zingrone was the Director of Publications at the Parapsychology Foundation and the Executive Editor of theInternational Journal of Parapsychologyfrom 1999 through 2009 and an Assistant Professor of Research at the Division of Perceptual Studies in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia from 2003 to 2010. From 2010 through January of 2013, she was the Director of Academic and Administrative Affairs and a faculty member at Atlantic University. From the spring of 2013 through the fall of 2014, she was an instructor in the Rhine Education Center.
She is currently the Vice President of the Academy of Consciousness and Spirituality Studies, having served on the Board from June of 2014. From May of 2010 through March of 2014, she served on the Board of Directors for the Rhine Research Center. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Parapsychological Association from the mid-1990s through 2004, and was elected twice as President of the Parapsychological Association (in 2001-2002 and 2003-2004).
Over her thirty year career in scientific parapsychology she has published papers alone and in collaboration with a number of colleagues. Her publications have appeared in theAustralian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the European Journal of Parapsychology,Imagination, Cognition and Personality, theJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease, theJournal of Parapsychology, theJournal of Scientific Exploration, and theJournal of the Society for Psychical Research, among other periodicals. In addition to co-authoring chapters in the new (2015)Parapsychology: Handbook for the 21st Century(McFarland, 2015) as well as Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism and Science (Praeger, 2015), she also wrote a chapter inWomen and Parapsychology (Parapsychology Foundation, 1994) and was a co-author of a chaptervThe Handbook of Near-Death Experiences (Praeger, 2009). In 2010, her doctoral dissertation, From Text to Self: Criticism and Response in the History of Parapsychology was published as well.