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Ian Tierney

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (Great Britain)

About Me

Ian R. Tierney BA, PhD, Dip Psych, C. Psychol., AFBPsS


Dr Ian Tierney is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2003 he retired from the position of Clinical Director of The Keil Centre, Edinburgh, a post he had held for 20 years. He completed his first degree in psychology at the University of Wales, his PhD at the University of Stirling, and his clinical training during his post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh. Following a four year appointment with the Medical Research Council, Dr Tierney founded The Keil Centre in 1983. This is an applied psychology unit working with commerce/industry both in the UK and internationally. From 1975 onward, first with Dr John Beloff and later with Professor Robert Morris, and at present with Dr Caroline Watt, he has been a clinical advisor to those interested in parapsychological research in the Psychology Department, University of Edinburgh. At present he holds an honorary research fellowship in the Koestler Parapsychology Unit in that department. His parapsychological publications are concerned with the clinical significance of some exceptional/ anomalous experiences.

Parapsychology Publications

Tierney, I. (1993) Spontaneous psi, depth psychology, and parapsychology, A review essay, (ed. B. Shapin and L. Coly), European Journal of Parapsychology, 9, 92-102.

Tierney, I. (1993) The Experience of Significance. In Psi and Clinical Practice,. Proceedings of the 38th Annual International Conference of the Parapsychology Foundation (1989). Parapsychology Foundation.New York, N.Y. pp. 55-85.

Coelho,C., Lamont,P., Tierney, I. (2005) Distressing anomalous experience: analysis of contacts to UK academic parapsychology units and the early detection of psychosis. Final report for Fundacao Bial, Grant No.110/04 (Unpublished report)

Tierney,I., Coelho,C., Lamont,P. (2007) Distressed by anomalous experience: early identification of psychosis. Clinical Psychology Forum (British Psychological Society), 170, 37-39

Coelho,C., Tierney, I., Lamont,P. (2008) Contacts by distressed individuals to UK parapsychology and anomalous experience academic research units – a retrospective survey looking to the future. European Journal of Parapsychology , 23.1, 31-59

Tierney, I. (2012) Lessons from a case study: an annotated narrative. In W.H.Kramer, E.Bauer & G.H.Hoevelmann (eds) Clinical Aspects of Exceptional Human Experience Utrecht, HJBF

Tierney, I. (2012) 'Clinical parapsychology' in the UK. In C. Simmonds-Moore (Ed) Exceptional Human Experience and Health: Essays in Mind, Body and Human Potential. pp. 242-253. Jefferson, N.C., McFarland

Tierney, I. (2012) Anomalous Experience. Pan-European Networks: Science and Technology. 05, 240-242

Watt, C. & Tierney, I. (2013) A Preliminary Test of the Model of Pragmatic Information using Cases of Spontaneous Anomalous Experience. Journal of Consciousness Studies. 20, 11-12, 205-220

Watt. C & Tierney, I. (2014) Psi-related experiences. In E. Cardena, S.J. Lynn & S. Krippner (Eds) Varieties of Anomalous Experience: The state of the science. (2nd. edition) pp. 241-272 Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association

Recent Conference Presentations

Tierney, I. (2007) Attitudes and procedures in academic parapsychology units in the UK when contacted by individuals distressed by anomalous experience. Paper presented to the 1st International Expert Meeting on Clinical Parapsychology: May-June 2007: Naarden, Netherlands
Tierney, I. (2007) Psychotherapeutic style and the MPI. Paper presented to the Euro-PA (European section of the Parapsychological Association): October 2007: Paris
Tierney,I. (2009) ‘Clinical parapsychology’ in the UK. Paper presented to First Conference on Health, Mental Health and Exceptional Human Experiences Liverpool Hope University 7th September, 2009
Tierney, I (2010) Therapist/counselor attitudes to psi when counseling certain types of anomalous experience. Panel on ‘Health and Anomalous Experiences’, 53rd Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, Paris July 22-25th 2010
Tierney, I. & Watt, C. (2010) A scientific test of the Model of Pragmatic Information using European cases of anomalous experience. 53rd Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, Paris July 22-25th 2010
Tierney, I. (2014) Testing the Model of Pragmatic Information using Spontaneous Cases of Anomalous Experiences.’Dag van de Parapsychologie’ Dutch SPR Amsterdam May 24th 2014 


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