Home Page for Professor Jessica Utts

Department of Statistics

University of California, Irvine

Professor Emerita Jessica Utts
Department of Statistics
University of California, Irvine.


Photo courtesy of Anna Karin Malm

Contact Information

Professor Jessica Utts
Department of Statistics
Donald Bren Hall
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-1250

Department Office: 949-824-5392
Email (not clickable to reduce spam): jutts at uci dot edu
Department office: 2042 Donald Bren Hall, UC Irvine

Major Administrative and Service Roles (Current and Recent Past, with links)

Representative Presentations

Classes at UC Irvine

Past Classes at UC Davis

My Curriculum Vitae

Where I Received my Degrees

Places I Have Had Visiting Appointments

My Research Interests

I am interested in applied statistics, and have published most extensively on the use of statistics in parapsychology.
I am also interested in statistics education and literacy.
I have provided some of the most commonly requested papers here.

In the Fall of 1995 Professor Ray Hyman (University of Oregon)and I prepared a report assessing the statistical evidence for psychic functioning in US government sponsored research. The report was part of a review done by the American Institutes of Research (AIR) at the request of Congress and the CIA. It received wide-spread media coverage.
My report and related reports:

"Replication and Meta-Analysis in Parapsychology."  (Statistical Science, with commentary by others) - summarizes some of the statistical evidence for psi phenomena that was available at the time the paper was written (1991).

Utts, Jessica (1999). The Significance of Statistics in Mind-Matter Research, Journal of Scientific Exploration, 13(4), 615-638.

"The Paranormal: the Evidence and its Implications for Consciousness"  published in the [London] Times Higher Education Supplement, Apr. 5th. 1996, page (v), with Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson

Utts, Jessica (2003). What Educated Citizens Should Know about Statistics and Probability, American Statistician, 57(2), 74-79.

My Books

Seeing Through Statistics, 4th edition (2015), ISBN 9781285050881

Mind On Statistics, 6th edition (2022) by Jessica Utts and Robert Heckard, ISBN-13: 9781285463186

Statistical Ideas and Methods, 1st edition (2006) by Jessica Utts and Robert Heckard, ISBN 0-049-512250-5

Last updated July 2016 (with some links updated in the more distant past)