I received my PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology with a minor in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Arizona. I use this interdisciplinary training to apply the scientific method to controversial topics.
Following my mother’s death by suicide and an evidential mediumship reading, I forfeited a potentially lucrative career in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue rigorous consciousness research full-time. For more than 20 years, I have worked full-time studying mediums: individuals who report experiencing communication with the deceased and who regularly, reliably, and on-demand report the specific resulting messages to the living called sitters.
My studies began with testing the accuracy and specificity of the information reported by mediums during phone readings performed under controlled, more than double-blind, laboratory conditions that address alternative explanations for the source of their statements such as fraud, cueing, and overly general information. I have also examined mediums’ psychology, physiology, business practices, demographics, and experiences and published peer-reviewed journal articles and anthology chapters discussing these factors and the potential therapeutic application of mediumship readings during bereavement. My research interests also include spontaneous, facilitated, assisted, and requested after-death communication experiences.
Over my career, I have established myself as a world-leader in empirical consciousness research. Specifically, my mediumship studies optimize the research environment, maximize experimental controls, and take into account the real-world experiences of modern mediums (i.e., they have ecological validity). I have received multiple competitive research grants from international organizations and I sit on advisory boards for the Rhine Research Center and Forever Family Foundation.
I am the creator of the Guidance for Grief card deck and booklet and author of the books Love and the Afterlife, Among Mediums, and From the Mouths of Mediums.
I am the co-founder (with my husband and research partner Mark Boccuzzi) and Director of Research at the Windbridge Research Center (www.windbridge.org), a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to easing suffering around dying, death, and what comes next by performing rigorous scientific research and sharing the results and other customized content for free with practitioners, clinicians, scientists, and the general public.
Mark and I and our bonded pair of rescue dogs, Ada Grace and Toggle, live in Tucson, Arizona. I enjoy making jewelry and listening to audiobooks, and I get a real kick out of clever newspaper and web comics which I read regularly. I got married in a labyrinth, put soy sauce on nearly everything, and once made a PowerPoint presentation as a Valentine’s Day gift for my husband.
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