Bruce Greyson

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Bruce Greyson
EducationCornell University
SUNY Upstate Medical University
AwardsBruce Greyson Research Award from the International Association for Near-Death Studies
Scientific career
FieldsNear-death studies
InstitutionsUniversity of Virginia

Charles Bruce Greyson (born October 1946) is an American psychiatrist and near-death experience researcher. During his research of near-death experiences, known as near-death studies, he has documented many accounts of near-death experiences, and has written many journal articles, as well as participated in media interviews on the subject, playing a crucial role in inviting broader cross-disciplinary scientific inquiry to the field.


Greyson received his AB in psychology from Cornell University in 1969 and his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1973.[1] He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Virginia Health System in 1976.[1]

He was on the faculty of University of Virginia School of Medicine (1976-1978, 1995-2014), University of Michigan Medical School (1978-1984), and University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1984-1995).[1] Since 2014 he's Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Academic appointments[edit]

Greyson is Chester F. Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, and the former director of The Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS),[2] formerly the Division of Personality Studies, at the University of Virginia. He is also a Professor of Psychiatric Medicine in the Department of Psychiatric Medicine, Division of Outpatient Psychiatry, at the University of Virginia.

Research work[edit]

Greyson is a researcher in the field of near-death studies and has been called the father of research in near-death experiences.[3][4] Greyson, along with Kenneth Ring, Michael Sabom, and others, built on the research of Raymond Moody, Russell Noyes Jr and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Greyson's scale to measure the aspects of near-death experiences[5] has been widely used, being cited over 450 times as of early 2021.[6] He also devised a 19-item scale to assess experience of kundalini, the Physio-Kundalini Scale.[7]

Greyson wrote the overview of Near Death Experiences for the Encyclopædia Britannica and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Near-Death Studies (formerly Anabiosis) from 1982 through 2007. Greyson has been interviewed or consulted many times in the press on the subject of near-death experiences.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Selected publications[edit]

Greyson is author of After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond (Macmillan, 2021), co-author of Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007)[15] and co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation (Praeger, 2009).[16] He has written many journal articles on the subject of near-death experiences, and these include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Bruce Greyson ORCID Profile". ORCID. Retrieved 21 March 2024.
  2. ^ Division of Perceptual Studies, University of Virginia Archived 2006-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The Brain and Belief". Public Radio International. 2010. Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2010. Bruce Greyson is considered the father of research into the Near Death Experience.
  4. ^ "Edwardsville Woman has Near-death Experience". Belleville News-Democrat. January 21, 2003. Retrieved February 23, 2010. [Greyson] called 'the father of near-death experience research' by some...
  5. ^ Greyson, Bruce (1983). The near-death experience scale: Construction, reliability, and validity. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Jun;171(6):369-75.
  6. ^ Google Scholar, Citations of Greyson (1983). Accessed January 19, 2021.
  7. ^ Bruce Greyson (1993). "Near-death experiences and the physio-kundalini syndrome". Journal of Religion and Health. 32 (4): 277–290. doi:10.1007/BF00990954. PMID 24271550. S2CID 1892471.
  8. ^ "Near-death experience is debated". The Tuscaloosa News Citing Story in Los Angeles Times. May 23, 1982. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  9. ^ Jane E. Brody (November 17, 1988). "HEALTH; Personal Health". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  10. ^ Anne Longley (August 1, 1994). "A Glimpse Beyond: A Psychiatrist Plumbs the Near-Death Experience". People. 42 (5). Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  11. ^ Douglas Fox (October 17, 2006). "Light at the end of the tunnel". New Scientist. 2573. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  12. ^ Benedict Carey (January 17, 2009). "The Afterlife of Near-Death". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  13. ^ Daniel Williams (August 31, 2007). "At the Hour Of Our Death". Time. Archived from the original on September 5, 2007. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  14. ^ "Science Notebook". The Washington Post. February 7, 2000. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  15. ^ "Irreducible Mind". Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  16. ^ Information about the Division of Perceptual Studies Archived 2006-10-06 at the Wayback Machine

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