James Carpenter is a clinical psychologist (Board Certified, ABPP) and parapsychologist. He has over 30 years of active experience as a psychotherapist, educator and researcher. His involvement in parapsychology dates back to his undergraduate days at Duke in the mid-'60's when he became associated with the Parapsychology Laboratory there. He has published numerous articles and book chapters since. A graduate of the PhD program in clinical psychology at Ohio State University, he went on to teach at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill before entering private practice. He still provides clinical supervision for psychiatric residents at UNC. His current interests are primarily in the development of theory for a general understanding of parapsychological phenomena (First Sight Theory) and conducting research that tests and elaborates that point of view. His work as a clinician has been existentially-oriented and has focused on a broad range of human distress. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, the Parapsychology Association and the Rhine Research Center. He is also engaged in writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.