James C Carpenter is a board-certified (ABPP) clinical psychologist (PhD Ohio State University) who formerly taught at the University of North Carolina Department of Psychology, and has a long-standing private practice. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He also has a long involvement with parapsychology, beginning in his undergraduate days when he first became associated with JB Rhine's Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University. He is a Research Associate at the Rhine Research Center, where he served two terms as board president, and for many years he has offered pro bono consultation to persons who approach the Rhine Center for help with troubling experiences that they think of as psychic.
Dr Carpenter has published numerous research articles, book chapters and professional articles in parapsychology and clinical psychology, as well as poems and short fiction; and he has lectured in many venues on topics related to psychotherapy, clinical psychology, and parapsychology. He edited the Bulletin of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. He is the author of First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life, in which he presents a theory of psi. In 2012 he received the Charles Honorton Integrative Contributions Award from the Parapsychological Association. He served two terms on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and currently serves as president of the Parapsychological Association.