"Nor has truth ever injured the human race, but the misapprehension of it and the fear of it have. Safety is in investigation, and in more investigation, until error and misapprehension and fear are excluded."
– Isaac Funk, Publisher

James E. Beichler, Ph.D
Former President
Alan Hugenot, D.Sc.
Vice President
William Wilson, J.D.
Karin Nemri, A.S., C.S.C.
Asst. Treasurer
Lee S. Lawrence, CPA
President Emeritus
 Rev. Harry L. Serio, D.Min.
Executive Administrator
 Paul Hauser, J.D.
ASCS Board
of Directors
♦ Boyce Batey, B.A.
♦ James E. Beichler, Ph.D
♦Jacquelyn A. Close
♦Rick Darby
♦ Stephen H. Hall, B.GS.
♦ Alan Hugenot, D.Sc.
♦ Lee E. Lawrence, CPA
♦ John Franklin Miller III, Ph.D.
♦ Karin Nemri, A.S., C.S.C.
♦ Rev. Harry L. Serio, D.Min.
♦ David Stang, J.D.
♦ William E. Wilson, J.D.
ASCS Advisory
♦ Stafford Betty, Ph.D.
♦ Edward R. Close PhD, PE, SFSPE
♦ Larry Dossey, M.D.
♦ Suzanne R. Giesemann
♦ Jean Houston, Ph.D.
♦ Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
♦ Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D.
♦ Raymond A. Moody Jr., M.D., Ph.D.,
♦ Vernon M. Neppe, M.D., Ph.D, BN&NP, FRSSAf, DFAPA
♦ Anne Puryear, D.D.
♦ Herb Puryear, Ph.D.
♦ Charles T. Tart, Ph.D.
♦ John W. White, M.AT.
ASCS Publications

The Academy produces four publications periodically. The online newsletter, called Spirituality Matters, is freely available to all. Subscriptions to the Journal, the Searchlight and the Conference Proceedings are included with membership in the Academy. In addition, hundreds of cases, biographies, and interviews can be found in the Garland Memorial Library.

Journal      Searchlight      Proceedings      Online


The Academy's semi-annual Journal for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies, publishes scholarly papers and book reviews. A subscription to the Journal comes with membership in the Academy. Here are some examples of the type of articles published over the past few years. (Up until 2015, the Journal was published quarterly.)

  • Two new procedures that connect people with loved ones in spirit
  • Roswell on Mt. Royal: of spirits & aliens
  • Table tapping and table lifting
  • Three materialization séances with David Thompson
  • Psyche and the sexes, or gender differences and the paranormal
  • Losing faith and gaining perspective: How trauma and loss can create a more spacious form of spiritual awareness
  • The strange case of Becky Carter
Name Changes

The Journal spans three eras. The first, under the title The Journal of Religion and Psychical Research (JRPR), belonged to a time when this organization was the academic affiliate of Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, and was known as the Academy of Religion and Psychical Research (ARPR). The second era, under the title Journal of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies (JSPS), began as a result of the transition of ARPR to the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies, Inc. (ASPSI), as an independant organization. ASPSI's publications began in January 2006, but, to emphasise the continuity, the sequence of volume numbers was not broken. The current name was instituted when the Academy's name was changed in 2012. (In the interest of accuracy, it should be noted that the first issue of JSPS, January 2006, wrongly appeared as an issue of ARPR. In fact it was the first issue of the ASPSI journal.)

Index and Back Issues

Back issues of the JSPS from January 2006 to the present may be purchased via  PayPal. Click here to examine contents and to order.

JRPR Index - January 1979 through October 2005 This index can be accessed on the site of the Theosophical Society in Australia. [It continues into 2006 without acknowledgment of the transition to ASPSI's journals, but this overlap may be disregarded in view of ASPSI's own indexing as provided above.]

Article and Book Review Submissions

Send all articles and notices offered for publication to:

Michael E. Tymn
641 Keolu Drive
Kailua, HI 96734  USA

All manuscripts submitted to the Editor should be typed, doublespaced and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 100 words. Fuller guidelines will be found here.

All book reviews should be sent to:

Donna Cox Baker

See book review guidelines before submitting reviews.

The Searchlight

The Academy's bi-monthly news-magazine, The Searchlight, publishes news, essays, interviews, articles, and other materials of interest to our members. Below are some examples of the type of articles published in The Searchlight over the past few years. Many of the articles that first appeared in the Searchlight can be found in aisle 8 of the Evidence Room in the Library.

  • Buried Crosses Discovered in Basement
  • History Made at Montcabirol
  • Edgar Cayce: Passé or Always Relevant?
  • What to Do about an Arrogant Medium?
  • An Interview with Victor and Wendy Zammit
  • Hearing Voices: Some New Thoughts on Leslie Flint
  • Lincoln and the Paranormal
Conference Proceedings

The proceedings of the Academy's past conferences are available for purchase as follows:

Journal      Searchlight      Proceedings      Online
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