Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D.
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Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D.

Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D. is a past president of both the International Association for the Study of Dreams and the American Psychological Association’s Div. 30, The Society for Psychological Hypnosis. Barrett has written four books: Supernormal Stimuli, Waistland, The Committee of Sleep, and The Pregnant Man & Other Cases from a Hypnotherapist’s Couch. She is an editor of four additional books: The New Science of Dreaming, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams, and Trauma and Dreams.

Dr. Barrett teaches two courses on dreaming at Harvard: an HMS one through the Cambridge Health Alliance, and an FAS course through the Freshman Seminar Program. Her research has focused on dreams, hypnosis, imagery, earliest memories, supernormal stimuli, and evolutionary psychology.

Dr. Barrett’s commentary on psychological issues has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” CNN, Fox, PBS, The Discovery Channel, and the BBC. She has been interviewed for dream articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Life Time, and Newsweek. Her own articles have appeared in Psychology Today, Scientific American Mind, and Wired. Dr. Barrett has lectured at Esalen, the Smithsonian, TEDx and at universities around the world.

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