I like to consider myself a generalist, though I've mainly focused on field investigation and have been consistently pegged by the media as a "ghost" guy. I started a group/network of field investigators in 1989 (the Office of Paranormal Investigations), essentially to take up the slack from the JFK University Graduate Parapsychology Program.
I was appointed to the faculty of Atlantic University in 2010, partly to help develop the MA program in Parapsychology (which is now going to be directed at an MA in Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies). I hold an MS in Parapsychology from John F. Kennedy University (1981), was on the Core Faculty of that program from 1983 until its demise in the late 80s, and still currently teach there as an adjunct professor (Media and Publishing). Over the years at JFKU, besides Parapsychology I've also taught Public Speaking, Anthropology, Science Fiction and the Philosophy of Time.
I have been teaching a local and distance non-academic Parapsychological Studies program through HCH Institute in Lafayette, CA.
As of January 2012, I am on the Board of Directors of the Rhine Research Center. I am on the advisory boards of the Windbridge Institute and the Forever Family Foundation.
I was elected President of the Forever Family Foundation for the 2013-2014 (two year) term.
I've had 8 psi-related books published as of the end of 2011, and have one new book coming out in 2013 (on Chocolate). I was a columnist for FATE magazine from 1991 to 2004.
In the early 80s, I worked as the Public Information and Media Consultant to the ASPR. I've been involved in media coverage and TV series and specials over the years, trying to reign in some of the poor (and downright false) information presented about our field.
Lately, I have been working with others across the country to try to bring some sense of connection between the amateur “paranormal community” and those in the scientific field of parapsychology – which I hope will lead to greater support for the field.
I was a professional magician from the early 80s through the early 90s, when I switched over to mentalism and psychic entertainment. I joined the Psychic Entertainers Association in 1997, and was elected President in 2001 (through 2005). I still serve on the Board of Directors. I have occasionally consulted with others in Parapsychology from my perspective as a magician/mentalist (since 1982) and am always open to working with my colleagues in that capacity.
In 2009, while continuing to research a book on Chocolate, I completed a Professional Chocolatier course (Ecole Chocolat, Vancouver, BC) and in 2010 began making and selling my first chocolate products (www.hauntedbychocolate.com) with more being added in 2011, and still more to come in 2012, including the Cocoa Oracle (a fun "fortune chocolate" product).
Finally, I hold a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Northwestern University, where I focused much of my coursework on supernatural / magic folklore and beliefs.