Dr. Gackenbach received her Ph.D. in 1978 in Experimental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She retired from MacEwan University in the Department of Psychology as a Emeritus Professor. She taught at the post-secondary level both in the US and in Canada for about 40 years. As well as being a past-president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, she has  57 peer reviewed professional publications, 34 book chapters and 10 books on dreams and on digital life. She was invited in 1992 to present her work on lucid dreaming to the Dalai Lama at a conference on sleeping, dreaming, and dying. Her full vitae can be found under vitae header.