Jim Tucker
Biography & Resources


Jim B. Tucker, M.D., is the author of Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives, which presents to the general public an overview of more than forty years of research at the University of Virginia Division of Personality Studies. Dr. Tucker, a board-certified child psychiatrist, directs research there into children's reports of past-life memories, and he worked with Dr. Ian Stevenson, its founder, for several years before taking over the research upon Dr. Stevenson's retirement.

Dr. Tucker attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. degree in psychology, followed by a medical degree four years later. He received his training in general psychiatry and child psychiatry at the University of Virginia. After a stint in private practice, he returned to the university and served for one year as acting director of the Division of Child & Family Psychiatry before focusing on the research. Since doing so, he has published a number of articles in scientific journals. He is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatric Medicine, and in addition to conducting research, he serves as medical director of the University of Virginia Child & Family Psychiatry Clinic.

selected books

Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives
(St. Martin's Press, 2005)
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articles & interviews

Broadcasts on WIE Unbound

Children Who Remember Past Lives