The winner of the Parapsychological Association’s 2022 Charles Honorton Integrative Contributions Award is Alexander Moreira-Almeida. This annual award honors members who have made significant research contributions that integrate parapsychology and mainstream science, and thereby have advanced the discipline of parapsychology.

This award recognizes Dr. Moreira-Almeida's important work in integrating spiritual and religious belief systems with parapsychology and mainstream science, enhancing the credibility and expansiveness of parapsychology as a rigorous and contemporary discipline.

Alexander Moreira-Almeida is Professor of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Research Center in Spirituality and Health, Brazil. He is the author of more than 170 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and chapters that have received more than 7,400 citations. He coordinates TV NUPES, a YouTube channel on science, health, and spirituality with more than 300 videos and one million views in 160 countries. He is editor of the book Spirituality and Mental Health Across Cultures (Oxford Univ Press, 2021) and coauthor of Science of Life After Death (Springer, 2022).

He has held numerous positions, including Chair of the Section on Spirituality of the Latin American Psychiatric Association, founding chair of the section on spirituality of the Brazilian Psychiatric Association (2014-21), and former chair of the Sections on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association (2014-21). He obtained a medical degree at UFJF and trained in psychiatry and cognitive-behavioral therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in Health Sciences. Dr. Moreira-Almeida was postdoctoral fellow in religion and health at Duke University.

His main research interests involve the exploration of the association between religiosity and health as well as empirical studies of spiritual experiences, especially their implication for the mind-brain problem, as well as the methodology, history, and epistemology of this research field.

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