Dr David Luke CertTESOL, BSc Hons, PGCertHE, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

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David Luke

Dr David Luke
CertTESOL, BSc Hons, PGCertHE, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Dr David Luke is a Senior Lecturer for Psychology in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Greenwich.

David joined the university in 2008, and is the course coordinator for Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience; and Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology on the undergraduate programme. He is also lecturer on research methods; criminology and forensic psychology; and functional neuropsychology for speech and language therapists.

David's particular interest is in transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, having published over 100 academic papers in this area, making him one of the leading researchers in this specialist area.

David was President of the Parapsychological Association (2009-11), and has received an Early Career Research Excellence Award (2011) and won the faculty's Inspirational Teaching award (2016) from the University of Greenwich.

Posts held previously:

  • 2004-16, Guest Lecturer, Psychology, University of Northampton.
  • 2008-09, Visiting Lecturer, Psychology, University of East London.
  • 2007-09, Research Associate, The Beckley Foundation

Responsibilities within the university

  • Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
  • Lecturer on BSc Hons Psychology programme
  • Course coordinator for Psychology of Exceptional Human Experience; and Individual Differences and Abnormal Psychology
  • Admissions Tutor for undergraduate psychology



  • Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies 2017-present
  • Consciousness and Cognition 2017-present
  • Journal of Psychedelic Studies 2017-present
  • Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research and Practice 2016-present
  • Time and Mind: Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture, 2015-Present
  • Psychedelic Press UK Journal, 2014-Present
  • Explore: Journal of Science and Healing, 2014-Present
  • Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 2013-Present
  • Anthropology of Consciousness, 2013-Present
  • Frontiers in Psychology, 2013-Present
  • Journal of Scientific Exploration, 2012-Present
  • Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2012-Present
  • Journal of Parapsychology, 2012-Present
  • Paranthropology, 2011-Present
  • European Journal of Ecopsychology, 2010-Present
  • Drugs and Alcohol Today, 2007-Present
  • Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 2006-Present
  • Personality and Individual Differences, 2006-Present


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
  • Member, Departmental Research Ethics Committee (Psychology and Counselling)
  • Director, Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness invited lecture series, Institute of Ecotechnics, 2008-present
  • Director, Breaking Convention: Psychedelic Research Foundation, 2011-present
  • Consultant on psychedelic research, Eleusis Benefit Corporation, 2015-2016
  • Review Board Member: Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal
  • Editorial Committee: European Journal of Ecopsychology
  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Psychedelic Studies.
  • Review Board Member: Journal of Exceptional Experiences in Psychology
  • Review Board Member: Journal of Parapsychology
  • Advisory Board, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Magic Exhibition

Research / Scholarly interests

Luke's broad research interests meet at the intersection between altered states of consciousness and anomalous psychological phenomena. This includes the individual differences and social psychology of beliefs about luck, magic and the paranormal, and experimental and field parapsychology from a multidisciplinary perspective. In particular, the intersection with psychology, anthropology, archaeology, ethnobotany and psychopharmacology, as well as interest in the psychology and neuroscience of exceptional human experience, altered states of consciousness (especially with psychedelics) and transpersonal psychology.

Key funded projects

  • Bial Foundation Grant: Individual differences in psychosocial and neurological predictors of surveillance detection via extrasensory means, 2014
  • University of Greenwich Research and Enterprise grant: survey exploring the neurochemical taxonomy of induced synaesthesia, 2011
  • University of Greenwich Research and Enterprise grant: melatonin and dream psi research, 2010
  • Perrott-Warwick Fund (administered by Trinity College, Cambridge) grant: dream psi research, 2009
  • Parapsychological Association Research Endowment grant: research into "the effects of mescaline on precognition performance", 2008