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Jerry Solfvin, Ph.D.

Miscellaneous Information

Dr. Jerry Solfvin came to the Durham/Chapel Hill area in 1972 to pursue a career in parapsychology. A mathematician at the time, he engaged in further graduate studies, at J.B. Rhine's suggestion, in behavioral statistics and human experimental design at UNC, where he received special mentoring from Jim Carpenter and David Rogers. Dr. Solfvin worked as Senior Research Associate at the Psychical Research Foundation at Duke (with William Roll) for the next six years, conducting studies of poltergeists, meditation & psi, and psychophysiology (with Ed Kelly). He was then invited to come to Utrecht (with Martin Johnson & Sybo Schouten) where he completed a PhD dissertation on psi, healing, and placebo. Back in the USA, Dr. Solfvin directed the graduate program in parapsychology at John F. Kennedy University in California for over ten years before returning to the East coast, where he is now settled. Dr. Jerry Solfvin is currently an associate professor in the Center for Indic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (North Dartmouth, MA) where he pursues research on the psi dimensions of expectancy and placebo effects.

"The Rhine Center is not only the result of a glorious past. It is superbly positioned to be the cause of a glorious future. In the words of founder J.B. Rhine, 'We must go on.'"--Jerry Solfvin, Ph.D.