Madeleine Castro


Madeleine CastroDr Castro teaches on the BA (Hons) Psychology & Society degree. Her research interests include consciousness, spiritualities, parapsychology, feminism and methodology.


Madeleine completed an MA in Social Research at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2004. Her Masters dissertation considered qualitative accounts of women’s reported paranormal experiences. Securing scholarship funding for a PhD in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, she continued this line of research, exploring how people talked about and made sense of their transcendent experiences.

She completed her PhD in 2009 and went on to teach on subjects such as Social Psychology, Feminism, Research Methods and Parapsychology at the University of York.

Since 2007, she has co-directed a network for researchers interested in subjects such as the paranormal (often found on the periphery of social science) called Exploring the Extraordinary. The network is a supportive forum and hosts an annual conference every September.

Selected Research

Madeleine’s research centres upon meaning and sense-making in reported extraordinary experiences.

She is also interested in methodological issues such as the ethics of researching sensitive experiences, emotion, reflexivity, power and the role of the researcher.

Her most recent work has focused upon the concept of transcendent experiences (outside of a religious context) as catalysts for personal transformation in contemporary society

Current Teaching

She has taught on various modules for the BA (Hons) Psychology & Society, including Approaches to Psychology, Lifespan and Human Development, Doing Psychology, Parapsychology, and Psychonautics & Somanautics.

She is also supervising level 6 dissertations.

Selected Publications