Etzel heads CERCAP, the Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology.
He and his collaborators has recently conducted and continues to work on the neurophenomenology of hypnotic phenomena, the mechanisms of high hypnotizability, the relationship between hypnotizability and performance in telepathy and precognition tasks, and the relationship between dissociation and trauma.
His more than 200 publications include the influential book Varieties of Anomalous Experience and he is currently finishing 2 volumes on multidisciplinary aspectos of Altered Consciousness.
Etzel Cardeña holds the Thorsen Chair in psychology including parapsychology and hypnosis. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS), among other organizations.
He teaches courses on Altered States of Consciousness and Parapsychology, and Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and conducts and supervises research on his areas of interest.
Etzel has also been a theatre director, actor, and writer in México, the USA, and Sweden.