While we work with a worldwide network of research collaborators, artists, and partitioners, we are pleased to introduce you to our core team:
Julie Beischel, PhD, Co-Founder, Windbridge Institute, LLC received her doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona in 2003.
She is a member of the Society for Scientific Exploration and the Society for Psychical Research and serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Rhine Research Center and the Forever Family Foundation.
Following the suicide of her mother and an evidential mediumship reading, Dr. Beischel forfeited a potentially lucrative career in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue rigorous scientific research with mediums full-time. Her research interests include examinations of the accuracy and specificity of the information mediums report as well as their experiences, psychology, and physiology and the potential social applications of mediumship readings.
Dr. Beischel is Adjunct Faculty in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Saybrook University and Director of the Survival and Life After Death research department at the World Institute for Scientific Exploration. She is the author of Among Mediums: A Scientist’s Quest for Answers and Meaningful Messages: Making the Most of Your Mediumship Reading and editor of the series From the Mouths of Mediums: Conversations with Windbridge Certified Research Mediums.
Mark Boccuzzi, Co-Founder, Windbridge Institute, LLC is a research scientist and innovator at the intersection of science, technology, education, and interactive visual arts. For more than a decade, he has worked to apply these disciplines to the study of consciousness and psi (telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, and mind-matter interactions).
In addition to his research activities, Mark's responsibilities include leading the consulting and publishing groups, co-chairing the Human Participant Protection Program, and overseeing daily operations.
In 2005, he successfully completed the Summer Study Program in Parapsychology presented by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and the Rhine Research Center. He is a full member of both the Parapsychological Association and the Society for Scientific Exploration.
He has published peer-reviewed journal articles on topics including instrumental transcommunication (ITC) and mental and physical mediumship and presented his research nationally on field investigations of allegedly haunted locations, photographic anomalies, ITC, non-human animal psi, psychokinesis, intentional datasets, and applied precognition at conferences and scientific meetings. Much of his current work applies virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), deep machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) to ITC and applied psi research.
Mark is a two-time recipient of grants from the Helene Reeder Memorial Fund for Research into Life after Death for his research into the use of electronic devices to facilitate interaction and communication with the departed, a recipient of the Parapsychological Association’s Gilbert Roller Fund for his work with physical mediums and the 2018 Parapsychological Association Research Endowment (PARE) awardee for his investigation into using Kirlian photography to measure the impact of directed intention on nonbiological targets.
In October 2019 Mark launched the Parapsychology and Psi Hacking Project, a local and online community effort to connect makers, artists, tech hackers, citizen scientists, seekers, entrepreneurs, etc., to the body of parapsychological research in an effort to encourage the development of new tools, technologies, and experiences.
Mark is the author of Visualizing Intention: Art informed by science.
David B. Metcalfe, Scholar in Virtual Residence, is a researcher, writer, and multimedia specialist focusing on areas where creativity, culture, and consciousness collide.
In 2011 he established the Liminal Analytics: Applied Research Collaborative to focus on building multidisciplinary lines of communication through applied scholarship, digital media, and social network development.
David’s work has appeared in a number of anthologies and peer-reviewed journals, including a co-authored chapter on Catholic visionaries and the Stanford Research Institute as precedents for Human–Machine Interfaces and Social Telepathy Apps with Dr. Diana Walsh Heath (University of North Carolina – Wilmington) for the Oxford University Press anthology Believing in Bits – Digital Media and Supernatural. He is currently a research assistant for the University of Chicago under Dr. Hussein Ali Agama focusing on archival research and support for ongoing investigations into the development and influence of secular phenomenologies related to human potentials and exceptional experiences. In addition, he is the Editor-in-Chief for the Windbridge Research Center’s Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies.
Through the Esalen Center for Theory and Research, he has participated in two symposiums on emerging issues related to extraordinary experiences and maintains a regular digital presence engaging with the ongoing conversation around anomalistic science and the far-reaching implications of consciousness studies.