IASD Members - this page was last updated on Tue, 04 Aug 2009

Antonio Zadra

Department of Psychology
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succ. centre-ville
Montréal, Québec H3C 3J7


Dream researcher and clinical psychologist
Internet Presence

About Antonio Zadra

Antonio Zadra, Ph.D., is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology, Université de Montreal, Research Scholar of the Quebec Mental Health Research Fund, and Director of the university’s Dream Laboratory. His classes include an undergraduate course on dreams and a graduate seminar on sleep disorders. He is a past member of the ASD Board of Directors. His research interests include recurrent dreams, nightmares, somnambulism, psychological correlates of dream content, and the assessment and treatment of dream-related disorders.

Favorite dream ever: Riding on the back of a polar bear in the arctic. Close 2nd: my numerous flying dreams during childhood.

Favorite dream book: Hervey de Saint-Denys. Dreams and how to guide them (1982; Original work published 1867 as Les rêves et les moyens de les diriger). A truly outstanding and pioneering work that explores the experimental study of dream phenomenology, the limits of dream cognition, and lucid dreaming. Many of his ideas on dreams and their origins remain relevant almost 150 years after he first proposed them.

My notes on the IASD

First joined IASD in the late 1980's via George Baylor, a dream researcher based in Montreal. I attended my first IASD conference in 1989 (London, England), which turned out to be a momentous event in my desire to become a dream researcher. As a young student, I was overwhelmed by the presence and friendliness of so many people interested in dreams, including Patricia Garfield, Gayle Delaney, Paul Tholey, Stephen LaBerge, Milton Kramer, Ernest Hartmann, Alan Moffitt… What a dream!

 List of dream-related publications and/or web sites where my work is featured.

Sample of dream-related publicatons (most are with graduate students):

Gauchat, A. Zadra, A., Tremblay, R.E., Séguin, J.R. (2009). Recurrent dreams and psychosocial adjustment in pre-teenaged children. Dreaming,19, 75-84.

Lusignan, F.A., Zadra, A., Dubuc, M.J., Daoust, A.M., Mottard, J.P., Godbout, R. (2009). Dream content in chronically-treated persons with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 112, 164-173.

Robert, G. & Zadra, A. (2008) Measuring nightmare and bad dream frequency: Impact of retrospective and prospective instruments. Journal of Sleep Research, 17:132-139.

Beaulieu-Prévost, D. & Zadra, A. (2007) Absorption, psychological boundaries and attitude towards dreams as correlates of dream recall: Two decades of research seen through a meta-analysis. Journal of Sleep Research, 16, 51-59.

Zadra A., Desjardins, S. & Marcotte, E. (2006) Evolutionary function of dreams: A test of the threat simulation theory in recurrent dreams. Consciousness and Cognition, 15, 450-463.

Krakow, B. & Zadra, A. (2006) Clinical management of chronic nightmares: Imagery Rehearsal Therapy. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 4, 45-70.

Pesant, N. & Zadra, A. (2006) Dream content and psychological well-being: A longitudinal study of the continuity hypothesis. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62, 111-121.

Zadra A., Pilon M., & Donderi, D.C. (2006) Variety and intensity of emotions in nightmares and bad dreams. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194, 249-254.

Beaulieu-Prévost, D. & Zadra, A. (2005) Dream recall frequency and attitude towards dreams: A reinterpretation of the relation. Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 919-927.

Pesant, N., Zadra, A. (2004) Working with dreams in therapy: What do we know and what should we do? Clinical Psychology Review, 24, 489-512.

Zadra, A. & Donderi D.C. (2000). Prevalence of nightmares and bad dreams and their relation to psychological well-being. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 109, 210-219.

Zadra, A., Nielsen, T.A., Germain, A., Lavigne, G., & Donderi, D.C. (1999). The nature and prevalence of pain in dreams. Pain Research and Management, 3, 155-161.

Zadra, A., Nielsen, T.A., & Donderi, D.C. (1998). Prevalence of auditory, olfactory, and gustatory experiences in home dreams. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 87, 819-826.

Zadra, A. & Pihl, R.O. (1997). Lucid dreaming as a treatment for recurrent nightmares. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 66, 50-55.

Zadra, A.., Donderi, D.C. & Pihl, R.O. (1992). Efficacy of lucid dream induction for lucid and non-lucid dreamers. Dreaming, 2 (2), 85-97.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed on this page are those of the individual IASD member [Edit]