Dr. Gackenbach received her Ph.D. in 1978 in Experimental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently a full time instructor with Grant MacEwan University in the Department of Psychology. She has taught at the post-secondary level both in the US and in Canada for over 30 years. As well as being a past-president of the International 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 was invited in 1992 to present her work on lucid dreaming to the Dalai Lama at a conference on sleeping, dreaming, and dying.
Another expertise developed recently is the psychology of using the internet and video game play. Dr. Gackenbach’s edited a book from Academic Press (1998), “Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications”. The second edition of this classic book came out in 2007. She has another authored book with a colleague about misuse of the internet and other interactive media called “CyberRules” for Norton Publishers (2007). Her research interest is video game play and it’s affects on dreams and the development of consciousness. In 2012 she produced two new books on video games. One coauthored with her gamer son, Play Reality (www.playreality.ca) and one which she edited, Video Game Play and Consciousness (https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=32296).