Deborah L. Erickson, PhD

Deborah L. Erickson, MBA, PhD, is the SPR's Honorary Website Manager. Her PhD is in Psychology with a concentration in consciousness and spirituality from Saybrook University. Her dissertation research was the first mixed methods parapsychological study exploring telepathic interspecies communication (available from the SPR library). Her most recent research was a telepathic animal communication project engaging therapy horses who work with PTSD and brain trauma injured military veterans (journal article link below). The significance of this research directly relates to the study of horse-human interaction, specifically on the positive impact of horses supporting therapeutic healing methods for wounded military veterans.  

Dr. Erickson is also Executive Director for the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences.  AAPS is a non-profit membership and educational organization whose mission is to promote open-minded, rigorous and evidence-based enquiry into postmaterialist consciousness research.  Our vision is to inspire scientists to investigate mind and consciousness as core elements of reality.

She is an Associate Researcher with the University of Arizona Psychology Dept Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health (LACH) and a Designated Campus Colleague.  Current areas of research at LACH are the survival of consciousness hypothesis, truth-seeking and evidence-based living, and integrative heart-assisted healing.

Her left-hemisphere work includes over 30 years in technology management as an IT Director and Technical Project Manager. In her right-hemisphere work she is a parapsychology researcher, telepathic interspecies communicator, Reiki Master, and Healing Touch for Animals practitioner. Other volunteer work supports the American Rose Society as Consulting Rosarian, Horticulture Judge, Arrangement Judge, and Webmaster for the ARS Pacific Northwest District. She also builds backyard fences with Fences for Fido, an all-volunteer organization working to "unchain" dogs in their backyards.  More information is available at

Selected Publications/Interviews

Kuhlwein, Delores (2020). Straight from the Horse's Mouth.  Interviewed for Animal Communication article in Chrome Magazine, a publication of the American Paint Horse Association, Winter Edition, p 34-38.

Erickson, Deborah L. (2016). Integrating Body, Mind, and Spirit: An Essay Reviewing the Physiological, Psychological, and Spiritual Benefits of MeditationJournal of Transpersonal Research 8(2), 147-159.

Erickson, Deborah L., et al. (2016). A Mixed Methods Study of Telepathic Interspecies Communication with Therapeutic Riding Horses and Their Recovering Wounded Veteran Partners. NeuroQuantology Journal 14.2

Interview with Dr. Zohara Hieronimus on 21st Century Radio online (Feb 28, 2016).  

Erickson, Deborah L. (2014). A mixed methods exploratory study of alleged telepathic interspecies communication with domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) (Doctoral dissertation, Saybrook University). Available for lending in the SPR library, and published in the ProQuest Dissertation Library

Erickson, Deborah L. (2013). Anthrozoology: Quantifying the positive effects of human-animal interactions and relationships.  PhD Qualifying Essay, Saybrook University.

Erickson, Deborah L. (2011). Intuition, telepathy, and interspecies communication: a multidisciplinary perspective. NeuroQuantology Journal 9.1

Education and Publicity Committee

Co-ordinates and publicises educational activities 

Chairman: Prof. Bernard Carr

Members: Dr Deborah EricksonRobert McLuhan, Nemo MörckProf. Chris Roe, Dr Tom Ruffles, Dr Leo Ruickbie