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Who is C. Bruce Greyson?
C. Bruce Greyson Bruce Greyson, M.D.
Carlson Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Personality Studies
University of Virginia Health System
P.O. Box 800152
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0152
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Bruce Greyson received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1968 and his medical degree from the State University of New York, Upstate Medical School. After completing a psychiatric residency at the University of Virginia Medical School, he joined the faculty there in 1976 as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, working closely with Dr. Ian Stevenson. Dr. Greyson then served on the Medical School Faculties of the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut before returning to University of Virginia in 1995 as Professor of Psychiatric Medicine and Professor of Family Medicine. He held the Priscilla Bonner and Margerie Bonner-Lowry Professorship in the Division of Personality Studies from 1998 to 2002 before being appointed Carlson Professor of Psychiatry in 2002. Dr. Greyson has been a member of the Parapsychological Association for the past thirty years. Over that time, his research has focused on near-death experiences. He has made more than sixty scientific presentations at national and regional conferences, received nine research grants for which he is the principal investigator, and published more than sixty articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, more than twenty invited book chapters, and one book, The Near-Death Experience: Problems, Prospects, Perspectives with co-author C. P. Flynn. He has also been the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies for the past twenty-two years.

One of the first researchers to gather empirical data on near-death experiences, using accepted scientific methods, Dr. Greyson has documented clear patterns in the long-term health of patients who have reported near-death phenomena. He has also written widely on therapeutic strategies for helping patients readjust to life after such occurrences, on paranormal features of NDEs and their after-effects, and on the implications of near-death experiences for the question of survival.

EDUCATION

COLLEGE: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1964-68; A.B., 1968
MEDICAL SCHOOL: State University of New York Upstate Medical School, Syracuse, NY, 1968-73; M.D., 1973
PSYCHIATRIC RESIDENCY: University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA, 1973-76

RESEARCH AWARDS
William James Award, University of Virginia, 1976
William C. Menninger Award, Central Neuropsychiatric Association, 1976
Outstanding Service Award, International Association for Near-Death Studies, 2001
Outstanding Contribution Award, Parapsychological Association, 2003

CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
American Association for Social Psychiatry, 1982-present
American Association of Suicidology, 1981-present
American Group Psychotherapy Association, 1978-present
American Psychiatric Association, 1974-present
     Fellow, 1998-2003
     Distinguished Fellow, 2003-present
American Society for Psychical Research, 1973-present
     Member, Board of Trustees, 1992-1995
International Association for Near-Death Studies, 1981-present
     Member, Board of Directors, 1981-92
     President, 1983-86
     Director of Research, 1981-present
Parapsychological Association, 1973-present
Society for Scientific Exploration, 1983-present
     Treasurer, 2003-present
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ARTICLES IN REFEREED SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS:
  1. Greyson, B. (1977). Telepathy in mental illness: Deluge or delusion? Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 165, 184-200.
  2. Greyson, B., Akhtar, S. (1977). Erotomanic delusions in a mentally retarded patient. American Journal of Psychiatry, 134, 325-326.
  3. Greyson, B. (1979). The investigation of near-death experiences. Journal of Indian Psychology, 2, 7-11.
  4. Stevenson, I., Greyson, B. (1979). Near-death experiences: Relevance to the question of survival after death. JAMA, 242, 265-267.
  5. Greyson, B., Stevenson, I. (1980). The phenomenology of near-death experiences. American Journal of Psychiatry, 137, 1193-1196.
  6. Greyson, B. (1981). Near-death experiences and attempted suicide. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 11, 10-16.
  7. Greyson, B. (1981). Toward a psychological explanation of near-death experiences. Anabiosis, 1, 88-103.
  8. Greyson, B. (1982). Near-death studies, 1981-1982: A review. Anabiosis, 2, 150-158.
  9. Greyson, B. (1983). Near-death experiences and personal values. American Journal of Psychiatry, 140, 618-620.
  10. Greyson, B. (1983). The Near-Death Experience Scale: Construction, reliability, and validity. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 171, 369-375.
  11. Greyson, B. (1983). The psychodynamics of near-death experiences. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 171, 376-381.
  12. Greyson, B. (1983). Increase in psychic phenomena following near-death experiences. Theta, 11, 26-29.
  13. Greyson, B. (1985). A typology of near-death experiences. American Journal of Psychiatry, 142, 967-969.
  14. Greyson, B. (1986). Incidence of near-death experiences following attempted suicide. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 16, 40-45.
  15. Greyson, B., Harris, B. (1987). Clinical approaches to the near-death experience. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 6, 41-52.
  16. Greyson, B. (1989). Can science explain the near-death experience? Journal of Near-Death Studies, 8, 77-92.
  17. Greyson, B. (1990). Near-death encounters with and without near-death experiences: Comparative NDE Scale profiles. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 8, 151-161.
  18. Greyson, B. (1991). Near-death experiences precipitated by suicide attempt: Lack of influence of psychopathology, religion, and expectations. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 9, 183-188.
  19. Greyson, B. (1991). Near-death experiences and systems theories: A biosociological approach to mystical states. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 12, 487-500.
  20. Greyson, B., Bush, N.E. (1992). Distressing near-death experiences. Psychiatry, 55, 95-110.
  21. Greyson, B. (1992). Reduced death threat in near-death experiencers. Death Studies, 16, 523-536.
  22. Greyson, B. (1992-93). Near-death experiences and anti-suicidal attitudes. Omega, 26, 81-89.
  23. Greyson, B. (1993). Near-death experiences and the physio-kundalini syndrome. Journal of Religion and Health, 32, 277-290.
  24. Greyson, B. (1993). The physio-kundalini syndrome and mental illness. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 25, 43-58.
  25. Greyson, B. (1993). Varieties of near-death experience. Psychiatry, 56, 390-399.
  26. Greyson, B. (1993). Experiencias cercanas a la muerte y suicido [Near-death experiences and suicide]. Mas Alla de la Ciencias, Monograph No. 6, pp. 49-53.
  27. Greyson, B. (1994). Near-death experiences and satisfaction with life. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 13, 103-108. 
  28. Greyson, B. (1996). Distance healing of patients with major depression. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 10, 447-465.
  29. Greyson, B. (1997). The near-death experience as a focus of clinical attention. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 185, 327-334.
  30. Cook, E. W., Greyson, B., Stevenson, I. (1998). Do any near-death experiences provide evidence for the survival of human personality after death? Relevant features and illustrative case reports. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 12, 377-406.
  31. Greyson, B. (1998). Biological aspects of near-death experiences. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 42, 14-32.
  32. Greyson, B. (1998). The incidence of near-death experiences. Medicine and Psychiatry, 1, 92-99
  33. Greyson, B. (1999). Defining near-death experiences. Mortality, 4, 7-19.
  34. Kelly, E. W., Greyson, B., Stevenson, I. (1999-2000). Can experiences near death provide evidence of life after death? Omega, 40, 513-519.
  35. Greyson, B. (2000). Dissociation in people who have near-death experiences: Out of their bodies or out of their minds? Lancet, 355, 460-463.
  36. Greyson, B. (2000). Some neuropsychological correlates of the physio-kundalini syndrome. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 32, 123-134.
  37. Greyson, B. (2001). Posttraumatic stress symptoms following near-death experiences. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 71, 368-373.
  38. Greyson, B. (2003). Incidence and correlates of near-death experiences on a cardiac care unit. General Hospital Psychiatry, 25, 269-276.
BOOK REVIEWS IN SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS:
  1. Greyson, B. (1978). [Review of Psychiatric emergencies, ed. by Glick, R.A., Meyerson, A.T., Robins, E., et al.]. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 29, 363-364.
  2. Greyson, B. (1983). [Review of A collection of near-death research readings, ed. by Lundahl, C.R.]. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 77, 356-361.
  3. Greyson, B. (1984). [Review of Adventures in immortality: A look beyond the threshold of death, by Gallup, G., with Proctor, W.]. Theta, 12, 33-38.
  4. Greyson, B. (1988). [Review of With the eyes of the mind: An empirical analysis of out-of-body states, by Gabbard, G.O., Twemlow, S.W.]. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 6, 185-198.
  5. Greyson, B. (1990). [Review of The light beyond, by Moody, R.A., with Perry, P., and of Elvis after life, by Moody, R.A.]. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 84, 297-302.
  6. Greyson, B. (1993). [Review of The future of the body, by Murphy, M.]. New England Journal of Medicine, 328, 216.
  7. Greyson, B. (1993). [Review of Reunions: Visionary encounters with departed loved ones, by Moody, R.A., with Perry, P.]. Insider, 2(11), 4.
  8. Greyson, B. (1994). [Review of Spiritual awakenings: A guidebook for experiencers and those who care for them, by Harris, B.]. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 13, 65-70.
  9. Greyson, B. (1996). [Review of Near-death experiences in antiquity, by Platthy, J.]. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 14, 211-214.
  10. Greyson, B. (1996). [Review of Reunions: Visionary encounters with departed loved ones, by Moody, R. A., with Perry, P.]. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 14, 281-285.
  11. Greyson, B. (1996). [Review of Parapsychology: A concise history, by Beloff, J.]. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 184, 389-390.
  12. Greyson, B. (1997). [Review of After the light: What I learned on the other side that can change your world, by Sharp, K. S.]. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 15, 217-221.
  13. Greyson, B. (1998). [Review of A farther shore: How near-death and other extraordinary experiences can change ordinary lives, by Kason, Y., and Degler, T.]. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 92, 297-302.
ABSTRACTS, LETTERS, INTRODUCTIONS, VIDEOS, AND COMPUTERIZED DATA BASES: 
  1. Hawkins, D.R., Van de Castle, R.L., Trinder, J., Teja, J.S., Greyson, B., Bartels, S. (1975). Sleep patterns among young depressed adults. Scientific Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress of Sleep Research.
  2. Greyson, B. (1978). The investigation of persons having close brushes with death. In Roll, W.G. (ed.), Research in parapsychology, 1977 (pp. 27-28). Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press.
  3. Greyson, B., Stevenson, I. (1979). The contribution of near-death experiences to the evidence of survival after death. In Roll, W.G. (ed.), Research in parapsychology, 1978 (p. 33). Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press.
  4. Greyson, B., Stevenson, I. (1979). A phenomenological analysis of near-death experiences. In Roll, W.G. (ed.), Research in parapsychology, 1978 (pp. 49-50). Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press.
  5. Stevenson, I., Greyson, B. (1979). Reply to Dr. Schneider on near-death experiences [Letter]. JAMA, 242, 2665.
  6. Greyson, B. (1993). Near-Death Experience Scale (Health and Psychological Instruments Record). Pittsburgh, PA: Behavioral Measurement Database Services (Producer). McLean, VA: BRS Search Service (Vendor).
  7. Greyson, B. (1994, Spring). [Invited response to letter on near-death experience and kundalini]. Kundalini Research Network Newsletter, p. 4.
  8. Greyson, B. (1995). A skeptic=s near-death experience [Letter]. Skeptical Inquirer, 19(1), 71.
  9. Greyson, B. (1996). Near-death experiences and satisfaction with life: Reply to K. Osis [Letter]. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 14, 218-219.
  10. Koop, C. E., Greyson, B., et al. (1996). Depression self-care companion for better living [Videotape]. New York, NY: Patient Education Media/Time Life Medical.
  11. Greyson, B. (1996). Gardner on Claiborne Pell [Letter]. Skeptical Inquirer, 20(4), 63.
  12. Jansen, K. L. R., Greyson, B., Krupitsky, E. (1998). Suicide, the birth trauma and the near-death experience [Letter]. eBMJ, November 18, 1998. website
  13. Greyson, B. (2000). Military operatives posing as alien abductors [Letter]. Skeptical Inquirer, 24(1), 68. 
  14. Greyson, B. (2000). Reasons for living versus reasons for dying [Letter]. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 30, 189-190. 
  15. Greyson, B. (2001). Introduction of Tim Dinsdale Prize winner, Kilmer McCully. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 15, 3-4.
INVITED BOOK CHAPTERS:
  1. Buckman, J., Greyson, B. (1977). Attempted suicide and bereavement. In Danto, B.L., Kutscher, A.H. (eds.), Suicide and bereavement (pp. 90-104). New York, NY: Foundation of Thanatology.
  2. Hawkins, D.R., Taub, J.M., Van de Castle, R.L., Teja, J.S., Greyson, B., Garland, F., Talley, J.E. (1977). Sleep stages associated with depression in young adult patients. In Koella, W.P., Levin, P. (eds.), Sleep 1976 (pp. 424-427). Basel, Switzerland: Karger.
  3. Greyson, B., Morris, L.J. (1979). Emotionally disturbed patients. In The basic life support handbook. Charlottesville, VA: Cambridge Publications.
  4. Greyson, B., Morris, L.J. (1979). Suicide. In The basic life support handbook. Charlottesville, VA: Cambridge Publications.
  5. Greyson, B., Harris, B. (1989). Counseling the near-death experiencer. In Grof, S., Grof, C. (eds.), Spiritual emergency: When personal transformation becomes a crisis (pp. 199-210). Los Angeles, CA: Jeremy P. Tarcher.
  6. Greyson, B. (1989). International Association for Near-Death Studies. In Kastenbaum, R., Kastenbaum, B. (eds.), Encyclopedia of death (p. 159). Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.
  7. Greyson, B. (1989). Journal of Near-Death Studies. In Kastenbaum, R., Kastenbaum, B. (eds.), Encyclopedia of death (pp. 166-167). Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.
  8. Greyson, B. (1989). Near-Death Experience Scale. In Kastenbaum, R., Kastenbaum, B. (eds.), Encyclopedia of death (pp. 192-193. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.
  9. Greyson, B. (1990). Introduction. In Harris, B., Bascom, L.C., Full circle: The near-death experience and beyond (pp. 1-6). New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
  10. Greyson, B. (1990). Scientific commentary. In Harris, B., Bascom, L.C., Full circle: The near-death experience and beyond (pp. 251-270). New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
  11. Greyson, B. (1990). Clinical approaches to the near-death experiencer. In Harris, B., Bascom, L.C., Full circle: The near-death experience and beyond (pp. 271-285). New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
  12. Greyson, B. (1991). Encounters with death. In Bernstein, E. (ed.), Encyclopaedia Britannica 1992 medical and health annual (pp. 46-55). Chicago, IL: Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  13. Greyson, B. (1992). Désir de mort, désir de vie: La NDE dans les tentatives de suicide [Wish for death, wish for life: The NDE in suicide attempts]. In Mercier, É.-S. (ed.), La mort transfigurée: Recherches sur les expériences vécues aux approches de la mort (NDE) (pp. 135-145). Paris, France: L'Age du Verseau.
  14. Greyson, B. (1993). Reduced death threat in near-death experiencers. In Neimeyer, R.A. (ed.), Death anxiety handbook: Research, instrumentation, and applications (pp. 169-179). Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis.
  15. Greyson, B. (1994). Near-death experiences. In Corsini, R.J. (ed.), Encyclopedia of psychology, 2nd ed. (pp. 460-462). New York, NY: John Wiley.
  16. Greyson, B. (1996). The near-death experience as a transpersonal crisis. In Scotton, B.W., Chinen, A.B., Battista, J. R. (eds.), Textbook of transpersonal psychiatry and psychology (pp. 302-315). New York, NY: Basic Books.
  17. Greyson, B. (1997). Near-death narratives. In Krippner, S., Powers, S. M. (eds.), Broken images, broken selves: Dissociative narratives in clinical practice (pp. 163-180). New York, NY: Brunner/Mazel.
  18. Greyson, B. (1997). Foreword. In Schoenbeck, S., The final entrance: A journey into death (pp. xi-xiv). Madison, WI: Prairie Oak Press.
  19. Greyson, B. (1998). Foreword. In Ring, K., Valarino, E. E., Lessons from the light: What we can learn from the near-death experience (pp. ix-xiii). New York, NY: Plenum/Insight.
  20. Kelly, E. W., Greyson, B., Stevenson, I. (1999). Beweisen Todesnäheerfahrungen das Überleben der menschlichen Persönlichkeit nach dem Tod? In Knoblauch, H., Soeffner, H.-G. (eds.), Todesnähe: Interdisziplinäre Zugänge zu einem außergewöhnlichen Phänomen (pp. 101-127). Konstanz, Germany: Universitätsverlag Konstanz.
  21. Greyson, B. (2000). Near-death experiences. In Cardeña, E., Lynn, S., Krippner, S. (eds.), The varieties of anomalous experience: Examining the scientific evidence (pp. 315-352). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
BOOKS:
  1. Greyson, B., Flynn, C. P. (1984). The near-death experience: Problems, prospects, perspectives. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas, 289 pp.
MANUSCRIPTS IN PRESS:
  1. Greyson, B. (In press). Near-death experiences in a psychiatric outpatient clinic population. Psychiatric Services.
  2. Greyson, B., Liester, M. B. (In press). Internal voices following near-death experiences. Journal of Humanistic Psychology.
  3. Tart, C. T., Greyson, B. (In press). Out-of-body and near-death experiences. In Kelly, E. F., Kelly, E. W. (eds.), Irreducible mind: Toward a psychology for the 21st century. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  4. Lange, R., Greyson, B., Houran, J. (In press). Validation of a core near-death experience: Quantitative and qualitative evidence from a Rasch scaling perspective. British Journal of Psychology.
  5. Greyson, B. (In press). Near-death experiences. In Wulff, D. M. (ed.), Handbook of the Psychology of Religion. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  6. Greyson, B. (In press). Near-death experiences. In Eisen, A., Laderman, G. (eds.), Science, Religion, and Society: Histories, Cultures, and Controversies. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe Publishers.
 MANUSCRIPTS SUBMITTED FOR PUBLICATION:
  1. Greyson, B. False positive claims of near-death experiences and false negative denials of near-death experiences. Omega.

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