Dr. Alvarado received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1978, his Master’s of Science in Parapsychology from John F. Kennedy University in 1981, his Master’s of Arts in History from Duke University in 1989 specializing in the histories of science and medicine, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh in 1997.
In addition to being a member of the Parapsychological Association since 1979, Alvarado served on the Board of Directors in various capacities from the 1980s through the mid-2000s, including holding the position of President twice, once in 1995 and again in 2002-2003. He was the first Latin American to hold that position. Alvarado was also awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Association in 2010. He is also a co-founder and Director of both the Alvarado Zingrone Institute for Research and Education (The AZIRE), an online education project that runs a library and learning center dedicated to scientific parapsychology in the virtual world, Second Life, as well as co-organization and teacher in the annual free massively open online course known as ParaMOOC that is a joint program of The AZIRE and the Parapsychology Foundation on the WizIQ.com social-media teaching platform.
Professor Alvarado has been the recipient of numerous grants in the field of parapsychological research from, among other institutions, the Bial Foundation, the Society for Psychical Research, the Perrott-Warrick Fund, the Parapsychology Foundation, the Parapsychological Association, and more recently the Internatonal Association for Near-Death Studies. He was also awarded the Harold and Sherry Crasilneck Award for Best First Paper on Hypnosis in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis in 2010, and the Premio Gastone de Boni from the Archivo di Documentazione Storica della Ricerca Psichica in Bologna, Italy in 1994. In addition, Alvarado has published more than 200 articles in various venues, with over 100 of them published in such peer-reviewed journals as the Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, History of Psychiatry, Imagination, Cognition and Personality, the European Journal of Parapsychology, the Journal of Near-Death Studies, the Journal of Parapsychology, the Journal of Psychology, the Journal of Scientific Exploration, the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, the Revista Argentina de Psicología Paranormal, and the Revista de Psiquiatria Clínica. He has also published a number of book chapters, the most recent being “A Brief History of Psychical Research,” co-authored with Professor Zingrone and published in E. C. May and S. B. Marwaha’s (2015), Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism and Science: Volume 1, History, Controversy and Research.
Professor Alvarado also is an adjunct faculty member at Sofia University, where he has served on several dissertation committees.
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