Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.

A pioneer in the study of consciousness, Stanley Krippner is professor of psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco. He conducts research in the areas of dreams, hypnosis, shamanism and dissociation, often from a cross-cultural perspective, with an emphasis on anomalous phenomena that seem to question mainstream paradigms. He is a Fellow in four American Psychological Association (APA) divisions and is past president of two divisions. Formerly, he was director of the Kent State University Child Study Center in Kent, Ohio, and the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory in Brooklyn, New York. Earlier in his career, he was a speech therapist in public schools in Richmond, Virginia, and Warrenton, Illinois.

He has received dozens of professional awards, including the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Development of Psychology in 2002, the Society for Psychological Hypnosis Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Hypnosis in 2002, the Ashley Montagu Peace Award in 2003, and lifetime achievement awards from the Association for the Study of Dreams and the Parapsychological Association. He also holds Fellow status in several additional organizations, including the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

He has written, co-authored, edited and co-edited numerous books and more than 1,000 articles, chapters and book reviews appearing in scholarly or academic publications.



  • Bachelor’s degree, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Master of Arts and Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois



Krippner, S.  “The Psychedelic Experience, Contemporary Music, And The Grateful Dead:  A 1969 Study (Revisited).” Paper presented at the 12th Annual Grateful Dead Caucus, Southwest/Texas American/Popular Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, N.M., February 25-28, 2009.

Krippner, S. “Anyone Who Dreams Partakes in Shamanism.” Paper presented as a keynote address at the Annual Convention of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Chicago, Ill., June 26-28, 2009.

Krippner, S. “Coyote’s Challenge.” Invited address, Symposium on Sport Psychology, “Olympic Sochi: Society, Culture, Personality,” Sochi, Russia, October 3-6, 2008.

Krippner, S.  “Lights, Sights and Brazilian Healing Sites.” Paper presented at the 24th annual meeting on Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing, Santa Sabina Center, Dominican University, September 1-3, 2007.

Krippner, S. “Four Loose Stitches: Anomalous Healing Data and an Ouija Board Ritual.” Presentation, Workshop on Personal Mythology, Harmony Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia, August 11, 2007

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