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J I M   B.  T U C K E R

Board-certified child psychiatrist and successor to child psychiatrist and children's past-lives researcher Ian Stephenson, M.D.
(University of Virginia, Division of Child and Family Psychiatry)


Dr. Tucker is interviewed by John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute about Dr. Tucker's book, Life Before Life, and the phenomenon of children's past-life memories:

Dr. Tucker is medical director of the Child and Family Psychiatric Clinic, and assistant professor at both the Division of Perceptual Studies and the Division of Child and Family Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.[1] His main academic research interests are children who seem to remember previous lives, and prenatal and birth memories.[2] He is the author of Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, which presents an overview of more than 40 years of reincarnation research at the University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies.[3] Tucker, a board-certified child psychiatrist, worked for several years on this research with Ian Stevenson before taking over upon Stevenson’s retirement in 2002.

Tucker has also appeared in print as well as broadcast media talking about his work. His investigation of the case of Cameron Macaulay was featured in the Channel 5 documentary Extraordinary People - The Boy Who Lived Before.

(from Wikipedia, accessed 2/21/10)

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University of Virginia Health System
Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences
Division of Perceptual Studies 
210 10th Street NE, Suite #100
Charlottesville, VA 22902-5328
Phone: 434-924-2281
Fax: 434-924-1712                                                       

Email: jbt8n@virginia.edu

Assistant Professor: Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia Health System.  1999 - Present.

Assistant Professor: Division of Child and Family Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia Health System.  2000 - Present.

Interim Division Director: July 1, 2000 - June 20, 2001.

Medical Director: Child and Family Psychiatry Clinic.  July 1, 2003 - Present.

Private Practice of Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry:

  • Psychiatric Associates of the Shenandoah, Fishersville, VA.  1995-2000.
  • Piedmont Psychiatric Professionals, Waynesboro, VA.  1991-1995.

Attending Psychiatrist:

  • Service Director: Adolescent Residential Treatment Program, Charter Behavioral Health System, Charlottesville, VA.  1997 - 1999.

  • DeJarnette Center, Staunton, VA.  1991 - 1992.

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • General Psychiatry 1992
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 1992

Postgraduate Training

  • General Psychiatry: Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.  1986-1989.
  • Child Psychiatry: Division of Child and Family Psychiatry, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.  1989-1991.


M.D.: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1986.

B.A.: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1982.

  • B.A. in Psychology
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Tucker JB. Religion and medicine. [Letter]  Lancet 353:1803, 1999.

Tucker JB. Modification of attitudes to influence survival from breast cancer. [Commentary] Lancet 354:1320, 1999.

Keil HHJ, Tucker JB. An unusual birthmark case thought to be linked to a person who had previously died. Psychological Reports 87:1067-1074, 2000.

Tucker JB. A scale to measure the strength of children's claims of previous lives: methodology and initial findings. Journal of Scientific Exploration 14(4):571-581, 2000.

Tucker JB. Measuring the strength of children's claims to remember previous lives. In Trends in Rebirth Research: Proceedings of an International Seminar, Senanayake N, (ed.). Ratmalana, Sri Lanka: Sarvodaya Vishva Lekha, 2001.

Tucker JB, Keil HHJ.  Can cultural beliefs cause a gender identity disorder? Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality 13(2):21-30, 2001.

Tucker JB.  Review of "Getting Rid of Ritalin: How Neurofeedback Can Successfully Treat Attention Deficit Disorder without Drugs."  Journal of Scientific Exploration 16(4):688-694, 2002.

Tucker JB.  Reincarnation. In Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, Kastenbaum R (ed.). New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 705-710, 2003.

Tucker JB.  Religion and Medicine. In Medicine Across Cultures: History and Practice of Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, Selin H (ed.).  Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 373-384, 2003.

Tucker JB.  Review of "Return of the Revolutionaries: The Case for Reincarnation and Soul Groups Reunited."  Journal of Scientific Exploration 17(3):583-584, 2003.

Tucker JB.  Response to "A New Perspective on the Afterlife Issue."  Journal of Near-Death Studies 22(1):15-19, 2003.

Nelson R, Krippner S, Tucker J, Zeitlin G, Pitkanen M, King C, & Germine M.  Who and where is the self?  A round table discussion on memory, information and the limits of identity.  Journal of Non-Locality and Remote Mental Interactions (e-journal) 2(3):http://www.emergentmind.org/interview.htm, 2003.

Keil HHJ & Tucker JB. Children who claim to remember previous lives: Cases with written records made before the previous personality was identified.  Journal of Scientific Exploration, 19(1):91-101, 2005.

Sharma P & Tucker JB.  Cases of the reincarnation type with memories from the intermission between lives.  Journal of Near-Death Studies, 23(2):101-118, 2005.

Tucker JB.  Juvenile-onset bipolar disorder? [Letter] Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 44(10):966, 2005.

Tucker JB.  Life Before Life: Life Before Life: A Scientic Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous LIves. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2005.

Pasricha SK, Keil J, Tucker JB, Stevenson I.  Some bodily malformations attributed to previous lives.  Journal of Scientific Exploration, 19(3):359-383, 2005.

Tucker JB & Keil HHJ.  Experimental birthmarks: New cases of an Asian practice.  International Journal of Parapsychology, in press.

Tucker J.B. Children who claim to remember previous lives: Past, present, and future research. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 21(3):543-552, 2007.

Tucker J.B. Ian Stevenson and cases of the reincarnation type. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22(1);36-43, 2008.

Tucker, J.B.  Children's reports of past-life memories: A review. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing, 4(4):244-248, 2008.


New Cases of Experimental Birthmarks.  17th Annual Meeting, Society for Scientific Exploration, May 28-30,1998, Charlottesville, VA.

Measuring the strength of children's claims to remember previous lives. Recent Trends in Rebirth Research: An International Seminar, March 17-18, 2000, Mahakanda, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Are prenatal memories possible? Under Fives Clinical Forum, Under Fives Study Center, University of Virginia, April 13, 2000, Charlottesville, VA.

A scale to measure children's claims of previous lives.  19th Annual Meeting, Society for Scientific Exploration, June 8-10, 2000, London, Ontario.

Children who speak of previous lives.  UNLV Bigelow Chair of Consciousness Studies Lecture Series, February 21, 2001, University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Children who claim to remember previous lives.  Western State Hospital Grand Rounds, September 19, 2001, Staunton, VA.

Children who claim to remember previous lives (with Ian Stevenson).  The Medical Center Hour, University of Virginia School of Medicine, January 16, 2002, Charlottesville, VA.

Investigation and psychological testing of U.S. children who claim to remember previous lives, preliminary report [poster presentation].  Bial Foundation 4th Symposium: Behind and Beyond the Brain, April 4-6, 2002, Porto, Portugal.

Young American children who report past-life experiences.  21st Annual Meeting, Society for Scientific Exploration, May 29-31, 2002, Charlottesville, VA.

Children who report past-life memories.  Lecture in the Rhine Research Center Summer Study Program in Parapsychology, July 10, 2002, Durham, NC.

Investigation and psychological testing of U.S. children who claim to remember previous lives [poster presentation].  Bial Foundation 5th Symposium: Behind and Beyond the Brain, March 31 - April 3, 2004, Porto, Portugal.

Birthmarks and memories of prior lives.  International Foundation for Survival Research Life After Death Conference, May 9, 2004, Novato, CA.

Research with American children who report past-life memories.  2nd North American Conference on Children's Spirituality, October 7-10, 2004, Pacific Grove, CA.

Forty years of scientific reincarnation research.  The Third Annual Schwartzreport Conference on  Issues in Consciousness.  The Physics of Consciousness: New Models of Reality and the Mystery of Nonlocality, November 4-7, 2004, Virginia Beach, VA.

Medication treatments for ADHD.  Pediatric Psychopharmacology Seminar: Challenges and Opportunity.  Sponsored by ERRIS and Pediatric Neuropsychology, University of Virginia Children's Hospital, March 25, 2005, Charlottesville, VA.

A scientific investigation: Children remembering previous lives.  92nd Street Y lecture series, September 28, 2005, New York, NY.

Past lives.  Penn State University Vedic Society, October 27, 2005, State College, PA.

What science can say about reincarnation.  Rhine Research Center conference: After Death...What Do We Know? May 5 - 6, 2006, Durham, NC.

Children who claim to remember previous lives: Past, present, and future research.  25th Annual Meeting, Society for Scientific Exploration, June 8 - 10, 2006, Orem, UT

Research on cases suggestive of reincarnation.  Mind & Its Potential 2nd Annual Conference, September 2 - 3, 2006, Sydney, Australia.

Awards and Grants

Research bursary from the Bial Foundation for the project "Investigation and psychological testing of U.S. children who claim to remember previous lives,"  € 50,000, 2001.

Served as Referee

International Journal of Parapsychology

Journal of Near-Death Studies

Journal of Parapsychology

Journal of Scientific Exploration

(From http://www.hsc.virginia.edu/internet/personalitystudies/JimBio.cfm, accessed 2/21/10)

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