Charles T. Tart, Ph.D.

Dr. Charles T. Tart, a Core Faculty member of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, is internationally known for his psychological work on the nature of consciousness (particularly altered states of consciousness); He is one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and is lauded for his research in scientific parapsychology. Of more than a dozen books he has written, two classics, Altered States of Consciousness (1969) and Transpersonal Psychologies (1975), became widely used texts that were instrumental in allowing these areas to become part of modern psychology.

He has been involved with research and theory in the fields of hypnosis, psychology, transpersonal psychology, parapsychology, consciousness and mindfulness since 1963. He has had more than 250 articles published in professional journals and books, including lead articles in such prestigious scientific journals as Science and Nature. He makes public speaking appearances regularly. His collected papers are in the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.

Among his numerous awards are the Magnar Ronning Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of California at Davis in 1990 and the Abraham H. Maslow Award for outstanding contributions to the profession and practice of Humanistic Psychology from the American Psychological Association in 2004. He received the 1994 Elmer and Alyce Green Award for Excellence from the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine for his lifelong dedication to bridge building and for his pioneering efforts in subtle energies research. In 1999, he received the Outstanding Career Award from the Parapsychology Association.

He has held teaching positions at Stanford University, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, SRI International, the University of California at Davis, where he is a professor emeritus, the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Sofia University in Palo Alto, formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.

He is the editor and founder of SurvivalNet, an ongoing discussion among researchers about the evidence for postmortem survival and its interpretations, as well as the editor of The Archives of Scientists’ Transcendent Experiences (TASTE).



  • D., Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • A., Psychology, University of North Carolina.
  • A., Psychology, University of North Carolina
  • Electrical Engineering studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Recent articles / Papers presented:

  • Psychological Growth: Therapy for a Brain that Will Die? Or a Human Spirit? New York Open Center, June 15, 2014.
  • An evening with Charley Tart. Parapsychology, Religion, Spirituality, Hypnosis, Altered States, Psychedelics, Dreams, Remote Viewing, and all That Good Stuff. Rhine Institute, Durham, N.C., October 3, 2014.
  • The Convergence Of Buddhism And … Science?…Scientism? Buddhist Geeks conference, Boulder, Colorado, October 17, 2014.
  • Science and Spirit, Scientific and Spiritual, Friends or Enemies, Back and Forth. Unitarian Universalist Church, Berkeley CA November 9, 2014.
  • The Parapsychological Side of My Career. In R. Pilkington (Ed.), Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections. Esprit, Volume 2. San Antonio, Anomalist Books. Pp.385-406.
  • Proceeding With Caution: What Went Wrong? The Death and Rebirth of Essential Science. Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal, 2012, 3, No. 1, 20-22.
  • Extending our knowledge of consciousness. Preface to Cardeña, E. & Winkelman, M. (Eds.). Altering Consciousness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Volume 1: History, Culture and the Humanities. Santa Barbara CA: Praeger. Pp. ix-xx.

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