Fontana is a Ph.D. in psychology, and is currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Cardiff University in
South Wales, Great Britain, and Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, also in
Great Britain. In addition he has held invited professorships at the Universities of Minho and of Algarve in Portugal. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and the author of 26 books on psychology translated into 25 languages.
Among his academic books Psychology for Teachers is the best-selling
text on educational psychology in Britain, and his popular books include
works on meditation, dreams, symbols and the psychology of personal
His interest in psychical research goes back to
boyhood. He was co-opted to the Council of the
British Society for Psychical Research in
1992, elected to Council in 1993, served as President from 1996 to 1999,
and is now a Vice-President and Chairman of the Society's Survival
Research Committee. He has been investigating mediumship for many years, and takes a particular interest in poltergeist cases and in physical phenomena, writing widely on the subject. He worked with
and Arthur Ellison on the extensive investigation of the phenomena witnessed at Scole in
Britain, and was one of the co-authors of 'The Scole Report'
(Proceedings of the society for Psychical Research 58, Part 220).
Professor Fontana has studied the results of EVP research for a number of years, but it was not until he began work with Dr. Cardoso nearly three years ago that he became finally convinced of the paranormality of the phenomena. He has been present in Dr. Cardoso's studios both in Vigo and in Lyon when results have been obtained under carefully controlled conditions, and at Dr. Cardoso's invitation he now serves on the Editorial Board of the ITC Journal. He was Dr. Cardoso's co-organiser for the 2004 ITC Conference.