Keynotes & Invited Presenters

Keynote Speakers

Edward Bruce Bynum, Phd

African Mysticism and the Dreams of Modern Science

Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is a clinical psychologist. A student of Swami Chandrasekharanand Saraswati and a winner of the Abraham H. Maslow award from the American Psychological Association, he is the author of several books, including The Dreamlife of Families, The African Unconscious, and Dark Light Consciousness.

Jeannette Mageo, PhD

Metaphors and the Self in a Zombie Pandemic Dream

Bio: Jeannette Mageo, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University.  Her manifold writings on dreams show that cultural models tie personal experience to politics and public culture. Her books include Dreaming and the Self: New Perspectives on Subjectivity, Identity, and EmotionDreaming Culture: Meanings, Models, and Power in U.S. AmericanDreamsNew Directions in the Anthropology of the Dream, and The Mimetic Nature of Dream Mentation: American Selves in Re-formation.

Rubin Naiman, PhD

The Impact of Dream Loss on Collective Consciousness

Rubin Naiman, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author and sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Naiman is a pioneer in the development of integrative approaches to sleep and dreams, integrating scientific with depth psychological, transpersonal, and spiritual perspectives.  

Michelle Carr, PhD                      

From Nightmares to Lucid Dreams: How Dreams Impact Our Mental Health

Michelle Carr, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Associate in Psychiatry at the University of Rochester, and Assistant Director of the Sleep and Neurophysiology Research Laboratory. She studies the relationship between dreams and mental health, with particular interest in nightmares and lucid dreams. She also studies dream engineering—new techniques and technologies designed to influence dreams to benefit well-being.

Stephen LaBerge, PhD

Anagnostic Oneirony: Dreaming and Awakening

Dr. Stephen LaBerge pioneered Lucid dreaming research at Stanford University. He developed lucid dream induction techniques known as MILD and WBTB and devices such as the DreamLight and NovaDreamer. He is author of Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, and Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life. His recent research shows lucid dreaming sheds light on the nature of consciousness.

Invited Presenters

Catherine Shainberg, PhD

Turn on the Light: Kabbalah, Dreaming, Co-creation and Enlightenment

Catherine Shainberg, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned transpersonal psychologist, lecturer, teacher, visionary, and award-winning author.  She created the School of Images® where her work integrates timeless wisdom with modern Western traditions to catalyze creative manifestation. Her books include Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming: Awakening the Visionary Life, DreamBirth: Transforming the Journey of Childbirth Through Imagery, and The Kabbalah of Light: Ancient Practices to Ignite the Imagination and Illuminate the Soul.

Deirdre Barrett, PhD                   

Dark of Night: Our Dreams of the Covid-19 Pandemic 

Deirdre Barrett, PhD teaches at Harvard University. Her books include The Committee of Sleep, and Pandemic Dreams.  Deirdre is Editor of DREAMING, and Past President of IASD and The Society for Psychological Hypnosis. Her research interests include dreams and creative problem solving, lucid dreaming, and the application of AI to dream research. She makes digital dream art which has appeared in National Geographic and the IASD art show.