Stanislav Grof received his MD in 1956 from Charles University, Prague, and his Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine) in 1965) from the Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology, and founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA).
For the past 54 years he has conducted research on therapeutic and heuristic aspects of non-ordinary states of consciousness; experiential psychotherapy using psychedelics and nondrug techniques; alternative approaches to psychoses; the problem of spiritual emergencies and treatment of transpersonal crises; and the implications of new developments in quantum physics, information and systems theory, biology, brain research and consciousness studies for psychiatric theory and the emerging scientific paradigm. With his wife Christina, he developed Holotropic Breathwork, a new approach to therapy and self-exploration. On October 5, 2007, he was granted the prestigious Award >>Vision 97<< from the Vaclav and Dagmar Havel Foundation in Prague.
He is the author of Realms of the Human Unconscious (Viking Press, 1975); LSD Psychotherapy (MAPS Publications, 2001); Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy (SUNY Press, 1985), The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (SUNY Press, 1998), Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research (SUNY Press, 2000), When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-Ordinary Realities (Sounds True, 2006); The Consciousness Revolution: A Transatlantic Dialogue (Elf Rock Productions, 2003)(with E.Laszlo and Peter Russell); The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death (MAPS Publications, 2006); Books of the Dead: Manuals for Living and Dying (Thames and Hudson, 1994); Beyond Death: Gates of Consciousness (Thames and Hudson, 1980); Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (J.P.Tarcher, 1989); The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crisis (J.P.Tarcher, 1991); and Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy (SUNY Press, 2010) (the last four with Christina Grof).