Alejandro Parra received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the Universidad Abierta Interamericana, where he is now a teacher and associated researcher. He received his PhD in psychology from the Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales. His doctoral dissertation is Impossible Perceptions: Hallucinations and other anomalous experiences. He is licensed in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Mat. # 32.358), where he serves as a psychotherapist in general clinical psychological practice in the Clinical Area of the Institute of Paranormal Psychology. He conducts therapy groups and uses an historical approach in his continued research into parapsychology, dreamwork, and mediumship. In a counseling setting he also conducts workshops with psychics and mediums on their paranormal/spiritual experiences. His clinical research is based on cognitive-experiential and humanistic/Rogerian-oriented approaches with groups of people who have had paranormal experiences and dreams.
As an Associate Professor, Parra teaches three courses at the Faculty of Psychology of the Universidad Abierta Interamericana: Teorías y Sistemas Psicológicos [Psychological Theories and Systems], Estadística Aplicada a la Psicología [Applied Statistics in Psychology], and Psicoterapía [Psychotherapy]. He is also conducting an accredited free course: Psicología Paranormal: Cómo orientar a personas con experiencias paranormales [Paranormal Psychology: How to counsel people who have had paranormal experiences] during the first semester at the Universidad Abierta Interamericana in Buenos Aires.
Parra is a full member and International Liaison of the Parapsychology Association (now PA Presidente 2011-2012); an International Affiliate and International Liaison of the Parapsychology Foundation; and an associated member of the Society for Scientific Exploration for Argentina. He is also a member and adherent of a dozen other institutes of parapsychology in Europe and such Latin American countries as Brazil, Chile and Mexico.
He has attended conventions, symposia and conferences on psychology, psychotherapy and parapsychology in a dozen cities such as Santiago (Chile), Halifax (Canada), Edinburgh (Scotland), Stockholm (Sweden), Freiburg (Germany), Curitiba, Recife, and São Paulo (Brazil), Durham, New York, and San Diego (US). Parra has also given invited talks on parapsychology and workshops on dreamwork in many institutes and centers such as Stichting Het Johan Borgmanfonds (Amsterdam), Fondazione Biblioteca Bozzano de Boni (Bologna), Koestler Parapsychology Unit (Edinburgh), Sociedad Española de Parapsicología (Madrid), Facultad Libre de Altos Estudios Paracientíficos (Barcelona), Institut Métapsychique International (Paris), BILYAY Foundation (Istanbul), and Österreichische Gesellschaft für Parapsychologie (Vienna), as well as at faculties of psychology at the universities of Barcelona and Granada (Spain), the Facultatea de Comunicare si Relatii Publice (SNSPA) in Bucarest (Romania), the Facultades Integradas “Espírita” of Curitiba (Brazil), and the universities of Lima, Alas Peruanas and Inca Garcilazo (Peru). As a lecturer, he has presented hundreds of talks on psychology, parapsychology and clinical psychology in Argentina.
Parra has authored a number of books, including Historia de la parapsicología en la Argentina [History of Parapsychology in Argentina] (Author, 1990), Fenómenos paranormales [Paranormal Phenomena] (Kier, 2003), Sueños: Como interpretar sus mensajes [Dreams: How to Understand their Messages] (Kier, 2005), Psicología de las experiencias paranormales [Psychology of Paranormal Experiences] (Akadia, 2006); El mundo oculto de los sueños [The Hidden World of Dreams] (Kier, 2009); Los poderes de la mente [Powers of the Mind] (Corona Borealis, 2010) and ¿Qué es … la sensibilidad psíquica? [What is … Psychic Sensibility] (Deva´s, 2010).
He also edited three Proceedings of the Encuentros Psi [Psi Encounters] on such topics as Actas del Primer Encuentro Psi 1994: Nuevas dimensiones en parapsicología [Proceedings of the First Psi Encounter: New Dimensions in Parapsychology] (Instituto de Psicología Paranormal, 1994); Actas del Segundo Encuentro Psi 1996 [Proceedings of the Second Psi Encounter] (Instituto de Psicología Paranormal, 1996); and Actas del Tercer Encuentro Psi 1998: Conciencia y psi como fronteras de exploración científica. [Proceedings of the Third Psi Encounter: Consciousness and Psi as Frontiers of Scientific Exploration] (Instituto de Psicología Paranormal, 1998). With Juan Manuel Corbetta, who is psychologist, co-edited the e-book Imágenes de lo oculto [Images of the Occult], an free-of-charge e-book was published by the Institute of Paranormal Psychology.
In addition, Parra has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Revista Argentina de Psicología Paranormal, Anuario Brasileiro de Parapsicología, Ciencias del Espíritu, and Psi Comunicación (in Spanish); Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, Australian Journal of Parapsychology, International Journal of Parapsychology, Psypioneer, The Paranormal Review, Journal of Parapsychology, and Journal of American Society for Psychical Research (in English); and Luce e Ombra, Quaderni di Parapsicologia, and Grenzgebiete der Wissenschaft (in Italian and German, respectively).
He has also published in several non-parapsychological journals, notably the Journal of Mental Imagery and Imagination, Cognition and Personality. Others include Revista Argentina de Clínica Psicológica, Revista de Investigación en Psicología, Límite: Revista de Filosofía y Psicología, Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología, Subjetividad y Procesos Cognitivos, Revista Internacional de Psicología, Persona, Revista Psico-USF, Revista Liberabit, Actualidad Psicológica, Acta Psiquiátrica y Psicológica de América Latina, Alcmeón: Revista Argentina de Clínica Neuropsiquiátrica, Revista Iberoamericana de Diagnóstico y Evaluación Psicológica, Revista Interamericana de Psicología, Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría, Todo es Historia, and El Otro: Revista de Psicoanálisis (all in Spanish). In addition, Parra has worked for many years as a journalist for such paranormal magazines as Año/Cero, Más Allá and Enigmas (Spain), as well as Sexto Sentido (Brazil).