Stanislav Grof, MD, is a psychiatrist with more than 50 years of experience studying non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelic substances and various non-pharmacological methods. He is currently Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, conducts professional training programs in Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA). In October 2007, he received the prestigious Vision 97 Award from the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation in Prague, and in 2010 the Thomas R. Verny Award for his pivotal contributions to pre- and perinatal psychology. Among his publications are over 140 papers in professional journals and the books Beyond the Brain, LSD: Gateway to the Numinous, LSD Psychotherapy, The Cosmic Game, Psychology of the Future, When the Impossible Happens, The Ultimate Journey, Healing Our Deepest Wounds, as well as (with Christina Grof) Spiritual Emergency and The Stormy Search for the Self.
MD, Principal Investigator at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center