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Steven Jay Lynn

Distinguished Professor/Director of Clinical Training



Director: Laboratory of Consciousness, Cognition, and Psychopathology

Editor and Editorial Boards: Inaugural Editor and current Consulting Editor, Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice; Editorial Board Reviewer, Journal of Abnormal Psychology; Consulting Editor, Clinical Psychological Science; North American Editor, Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Medicine; Editorial Board, Imagination, Cognition, and Personality; Associate Editor, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis; Advisory Editor, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis; Associate Editor, Sleep and Hypnosis; Book Series Editor, Great Myths in Psychology Series, Wiley (with Scott Lilienfeld); Editorial Board, Romanian Journal of Psychotherapy.

Forensic consultant and expert witness: United States, Canada, and New Zealand: memory, hypnosis, eyewitness testimony, harmful techniques in psychotherapy.

Philosophy of Graduate Training: My commitment to students is unwavering—to train versatile and “complete” clinical scientists who are critical thinkers, excellent researchers, and effective evidence-based clinicians. Our laboratory is very active, and students are considered junior colleagues in every respect. Students have the freedom to initiate their own projects under my supervision as well as contribute to ongoing projects in the laboratory. Creativity and independence and the ability to work well with others are highly valued.

Current or upcoming projects: Experimentally induced dissociation, validating measures of ego dissolution states, transdiagnostic/transtheoretical models of dissociation, emotion regulation, hypnosis, mystical experiences and suggestion, trauma, and smoking cessation.

Selected publications (from a total of 418, including 22 books) representing different research areas:

Note: * student

*Polizzi, C., & Lynn, S.J. (in press). Regulating emotionality to manage adversity: A systematic review of the relation between emotion regulation and psychological resilience. Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Lynn, S.J., Green, J.P., *Polizzi, C., *Ellenberg, S., & *Aksen, D. (2019). Hypnosis, hypnotic phenomena, and hypnotic responsiveness: Clinical and research foundations—A 40-Year Perspective. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 67(4), 475-511.

Lynn, S.J., *Maxwell, R., Merckelbach, H., Lilienfeld, S., van-Heugten van der Kloet, D., & Miskovic, V. (2019). Dissociation and its disorders: Competing models, future directions, and a way forward. Clinical Psychology Review. 101755.

*Malaktaris, A. L., & Lynn, S. J. (2019). The phenomenology and correlates of flashbacks in individuals with posttraumatic stress symptoms. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(2), 249-264.

Miskovic, V., Lynn, S.J., *O’Bagg, J. Pouliot, J.J. Rios, M., & Wackermann, J. (2019). Perceptual phenomena in destructured sensory fields: Probing the brain’s intrinsic functional architectures. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.

Mohajerin, B., Lynn, S.J., Bakhtiyar, M., & Dolatshah, B. (2019). Evaluating the unified protocol in the treatment of dissociative identity disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2019.07.012

Otgaar, H., Howe, M., Patihis, L., Merckelbach, H., Lynn, S.J., Lilienfeld, S., & Loftus, E. (2019). The return of the repressed: The persistent and problematic claims of long-forgotten trauma. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 14(6), 1072-1095

David, D., Lynn, S.J., & Montgomery, G. (Eds.) (2018). Evidence-based psychotherapy: The state of the science and Practice. Wiley-Blackwell.

Lynn, S.J., & Evans, J. (2017). Hypnosis produces mystical-type experiences in the laboratory: A demonstration proof. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 4(1), 23-37.

*Polizzi, C., & Gautam, A., & Lynn, S.J. (2018). Trait mindfulness: A multifaceted evaluation. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 38 (2), 106-138.


  • NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lafayette Clinic, Detroit Michigan
  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Dissociation and dissociative disorders
  • Experimental psychopathology
  • Mindfulness/acceptance
  • Effects of trauma
  • Hypnosis
  • Evidence-based psychotherapy
  • Science vs. pseudoscience


  • 2020 Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University.
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
  • Research Foundation of the State University of New York Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship
  • Fellow Status: American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society (Charter Fellow), American Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology, American Academy of Forensic Psychology, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, American Academy of Clinical Psychology, Institute for Science in Medicine
  • Ranked 49th on list of “Top Producers of Scholarly Publications in Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Programs” out of an initial group of 1,927 faculty. Based on total of books, peer reviewed articles, and chapters (2000-2004) (Steward, Wu, & Roberts, 2007, Journal of Clinical Psychology).

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae