Bruce Greyson, M.D.

Dr. Charles Bruce Greyson is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and serves as the Chester F. Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences in the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is former director of the Division of Perceptual Studies at UVA and has been the director of research for the International Association for Near-Death Studies since 1981.

One of the first researchers to use accepted scientific methods to gather empirical data on near-death experiences, 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 of consciousness.

After completing a psychiatric residency at UVA, he joined the medical school faculty there, working closely with Dr. Ian Stevenson, who founded the Division of Perceptual Studies to study paranormal events and who is known internationally for researching evidence of reincarnation, particularly in children. He held positions at the University of Michigan and University of Connecticut medical schools before returning to UVA in 1985.

Dr. Greyson has been honored with the 1976 William James Award at the University of Virginia, the 1976 William C. Menninger Award from the Central Neuropsychiatric Association, the 2001 Outstanding Service Award from the International Association for Near-Death Studies and the 2003 Outstanding Contribution Award from the Parapsychological Association.

Website: Division of Perceptual Studies at University of Virginia


  • Bachelor’s degree, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • D., State University of New York, Upstate Medical School, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Psychiatric Residency, University of Virginia School of Medicine


Recent articles:

  • Khanna, S., and Greyson, B. (2014). Near-death experiences and spiritual well-being. Journal of Religion and Health, 53, 1605-1615. doi: 10.1007/s10943-013-9723-0
  • Sleutjes, A., Moreira-Almeida, A., and Greyson, B. (2014). Almost 40 years investigating near-death experiences: An overview of mainstream scientific journals. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202, 833-6. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000205
  • Ohkado, M., and Greyson, B. (2014). A comparative analysis of Japanese and Western NDEs. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 32. 187-198
  • Khanna, S., and Greyson, B. (2014). Daily spiritual experiences before and after near-death experiences. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6, 302-309. doi: 10.1037/a0037258
  • Bush, N. E., and Greyson, B. (2014). Distressing near-death experiences: The basics. Missouri Medicine, 111, 372-376

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