Leo Zeff (May 14, 1912 – Apr 13, 1988) was an Oakland psychologist and psychotherapist that was instrumental in the use of MDMA ('ecstasy') and other psychedelics in psychotherapy. 2 He was friends and worked with Alexander Shulgin, the creator and 'Godfather' of ecstasy. 1 He was the unnamed "secret chief" in Stolaroff's book about the underground psychedelic therapy movement. 3

Zeff was a very spiritual person. He served in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After getting his PhD, he opened a practice specializing in Jungian psychology.

At least in 1951, it appears he lived in Berkeley, and had his office at 2614 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.

Links and References

  1. Alexander Shulgin, 'Godfather of ecstasy', dies aged 88 BBC News
  2. Leo Zeff on Wikipedia
  3. The Secret Chief: Conversations With a Pioneer of the Underground Psychedelic Therapy Movement by Myron J. Stolaroff