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Steven J. Lynn

Distinguished Professor/Director of Clinical Training



Director: Laboratory of Consciousness, Cognition, and Psychopathology. Editor and Editorial Boards: Inaugural and Current Editor, Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice; Consulting Editor, 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; Editorial Board: Romanian Journal of Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies; Editorial Board, Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology; Editorial Board, Transylvanian Journal of Psychology; Editorial Board, Romanian Journal of Psychotherapy; Associate: Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Book Series Co-Editor (with Scott Lillienfeld, Great Myths in Psychology Series, Wiley). Fellow: 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. Forensic consultant and expert witness: memory, hypnosis, eyewitness testimony, iatrogenic 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 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 independence and the ability to work well with others are highly valued.

Current or upcoming projects: Experimentally inducing dissociation, effects of destructured sensory environments (ganzfeld) on consciousness, emotion regulation strategies, impulsivity, ecological assessment of mindfulness and dissociation, hypnosis and memory, producing mystical experiences with suggestion, out-of-body experiences, smoking cessation

Selected Publications (from a total of 401) representing different research areas:

*Green, J.P., & Lynn, S.J. (in press).Cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, and mindfulness for smoking cessation:A scientifically informed intervention.Chichester, UK: Wiley.

*Polizzi, C., *Gautam, A., & Lynn, S.J. (in press).Trait mindfulness: A multi-faceted examination of construct validity.Imagination, Cognition, and Personality.

*Malaktaris, A., & Lynn, S.J. (in press).The phenomenology and correlates of flashbacks in individuals with posttraumatic stress symptoms.Clinical Psychological Science.

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

Lynn, S.J., *Evans, J., Laurence, J-R., Lilienfeld, S.O. (2015).What do people believe about memory?Implications for the science and pseudoscience of clinical practice.Canadian Journal of Psychiatry (Invited), 60 (12), 541-547.

Lynn, S. J., Lilienfeld, S.O., Merckelbach, H., Giesbrecht, T., & van der Kloet, D. (2012).Dissociation and dissociative disorders: Challenging conventional wisdom.Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21(1), 48-53.

*Student or former student


  • NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lafayette Clinic, Detroit, Michigan
  • PhD, Indiana University
  • BA, University of Michigan

Research Interests

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


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae