Eileen Sheppard

Eileen Sheppard has a BA (Hons) from Goldsmiths College, London University in Social Anthropology and Media. She holds a PhD from London Metropolitan University. Her research interests draw on literature from social anthropology, psychology and media, and centre on altered states of consciousness and healing. Her PhD fieldwork involved the study of various groups and their altered state inducers, including the use of fantasy worlds and electronic media.  Her thesis offers guidelines for the design of TV healing programmes.  She has also trained in journalism at the London College of Printing, and worked as an NUJ journalist. She has taught in several universities, including Buckingham University, Birkbeck College (London University) and, currently, the Open University. Eileen is a member of the British Psychological Society and has published articles on altered states, healing and religion in Transpersonal Psychological Review. Eileen also works with special needs students using dance, and has trained as a ballet dancer.

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