He wrote or co-wrote 20 books and more than 100 magazine and journal articles, 7 books were reprinted in 2005 by Anomalist Books, Leaving the body was reprinted in 2008 by Simon & Schuster. Rogo was active at the Psychical Research Foundation (formerly at Durham, North Carolina) and at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The D. Scott Rogo Award was established in 1992 to benefit authors working on manuscripts pertaining to parapsychology.Born in Los Angeles, California and educated at the University of Cincinnati and San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge- he graduated summa cum laude from the latter institution in 1972. (His B.A. was in music- Rogo played the oboe and the English horn, and for two years played professionally with the San Diego Symphony and other ensembles.) Rogo served as a consulting editor for Fate Magazine for which he wrote a regular column- he advocated greater involvement by both researchers and skeptics in parapsychological research.Rogo was open minded on the question of survival of consciousness after death, he wrote that he was favourable to the survival notion he was however skeptical about some of the phenomena involved in psychical research as he believed they could be psychological experiences.
He is most well known for his book written with Raymond Bayless titled Phone Calls From The Dead (1979) in which they describe an alleged paranormal phenomenon in which people report that they receive simple, brief, and usually single-occurrence telephone calls from spirits of deceased relatives, friends, or strangers.In his book The Haunted Universe (1977) Rogo hypothesized that strange phenomena such as flying saucers and Bigfoot are really psychic projections that are produced by the minds of the observers themselves.