Biography

Dr Caroline Watt obtained her first degree in Psychology from the University of St Andrews in 1984, the year in which the University of Edinburgh announced that it would host the Koestler Chair of Parapsychology. The first Koestler Professor, Robert L. Morris, took up his post in late 1985. A few months later, Morris recruited Caroline Watt as his research assistant.

Having been awarded a psychology PhD supervised by Morris, on the topic of perceptual defensiveness and extrasensory perception, Dr Watt continued to conduct parapsychological research and teach at the University’s Department of Psychology first as Research Fellow and then Senior Research Fellow.

Dr Watt worked with Bob Morris until his death in 2004. She was then appointed to a Senior Lectureship in psychology, her current position. In 2004 she became a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Bial Foundation. She served as President of the Parapsychological Association (PA) 2004-2005, and held a position on the PA Board from 2003-2009. In October 2010 she was awarded the position of Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher, to support a programme of research into precognitive dream experiences. For more details see Dr Watt's short CV (pdf, 50KB).

Born in 1962 in Perthshire, Scotland, Caroline Watt lives in Edinburgh with her two sons.