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PhD projects

Adult lifespan development; transpersonal psychology; altered states of consciousness; embodied self; perceptual/cognitive illusions; psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy


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Personal profile


Alexander De Foe is presently a Lecturer in Counselling within the School of Educational Psychology and Counselling. He was previously a Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University (2016-2021). His research interests centre on altered states of consciousness (ASC), models in transpersonal and psycho-spiritual psychology, and developmental/lifespan approaches to mental health and wellbeing. He is presently involved in two major research projects: (1) The relationship between temporal lobe lability and anomalous cognition, which seeks to uncover anomalous processes in an Imagery Cultivation framework, and (2) Human Observer Detection Performance; a multiphase study in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Group to determine performance factors in feature detection and object recognition.

Alex supervises students on a variety of topics, mainly within the scope of cognition and consciousness. His prior PhD candidates have selected topics ranging in foci from an evolutionary theory of consciousness, to transpersonal healing/counselling methodologies, to meta-analytic and framework development in appraising novel sensory-perceptual modalities (e.g., Virtual and Augmented spaces). Prior honours/masters students he has supervised have focused on a range of topics, including the functional mechanisms underlying Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), the impact of psychedelics on consciousness and perceptual set, agency/presence constructs in phenomenal body ownership, as well as altered body image and self-construct in social media environments. He works frequently with researchers across disciplines to inform a well-rounded understanding of these subject areas, and has formed strong links institutionally and internationally with colleagues in the areas of neuro-philosophy, exercises sciences, traditional Chinese medicine, and medical humanities.

Research area keywords

  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Health
  • Technology
  • Virtual reality (VR)
  • Consciousness
  • lifespan psychology
  • Psychedelic medicine
  • Phenomenological research
  • Cognition
  • Mental Health
  • Psychoanalytic Theory

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