About Jayne Gackenbach, Ph.D
Dr. Gackenbach received her Ph.D. in 1978 in Experimental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently a professor at Grant MacEwan College. She is also an adjunct faculty with Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco and teaches online for Athabasca University. She has taught at the post-secondary level both in the US and in Canada for over 25 years including these courses taught most often: Educational Psychology for Teachers, Social Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Personality. Dr. Gackenbach has supervised numerous undergraduate research projects as well as several masters and doctoral level dissertations.
As well as being a past-president of the Association for the Study of Dreams, she has 70+ professional publications and 17 book chapters primarily on dreams and higher states of consciousness. Dr. Gackenbach is editor of Sleep and Dreams: A Sourcebook (1986) for Garland Publishers. She co-edited Conscious Mind, Sleeping Brain: Perspectives on Lucid Dreaming (1988) for Plenum Publishers; Dream Imagery: A Call to Mental Arms (1991) for Baywood Publishers. Her first authored book is Control Your Dreams (1989) for Harper-Collins. This book was featured on the cover of Psychology Today, excerpted in OMNI, and was selected for the Behavioral Science Book Club. She has appeared on the Donahue Show and in Canada the Dede Petti Show, the Shirley Show, and ManAlive. She was invited in 1992 to present her work on lucid dreaming to the Dalai Lama at a conference on sleeping, dreaming, and dying.
In recent years Dr. Gackenbachs interests have shifted to computer-mediated communications. In this regard she has edited a book from Academic Press (1998; 2007), Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications. She is also cowrote a book called CyberRules for Norton publishers with examinations of healthy and unhealthy internet use. It too should appeared in 2007. Her most recent books are "Video Game Play and Consciousness" which she edited (2012) and "Play Reality" which she cowrote with her son Teace Snyder (2012).
Dr. Gackenbachs recent research interest combines her dream and technology interests examining the dreams of video game players and most recently of heavy social media users. In addition to her scholarly interest in dreams, transpersonal psychology, computers and the internet Dr. Gackenbach has done work on Aboriginal perspectives on dreams and the psychology of gender.