The Dream Journal
From Nightmares to Lucid Dreaming with Michelle Carr

How Dreams Impact Our Mental Health. Our guest today is IASD president, Michelle Carr, PhD. We talk about Michelle’s research in which cognitive methods are used to induce lucid dreaming in the sleep laboratory and about using lucid dreams to treat nightmares. Michelle describes some of the new dream engineering tools that are available including devices to induce lucid dreams or to deepen sleep.

Michelle will be giving a keynote speech at the July Tucson IASD conference entitled “From Nightmares to Lucid Dreams: How Dreams Impact Our Mental Health.”

Bio: Michelle Carr, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester in New York, where she works in the Sleep and Neurophysiology Laboratory. Michelle mainly studies the structure and functions of dreaming – what’s happening in the brain and body while we dream, and how this influences our waking life. She studies treatments for nightmares including lucid dreaming and also dream engineering—new techniques and technologies designed to influence dreams to benefit well-being. Michelle Carr is President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. She writes for Psychology Today, and other magazines.

You can find out more about Michelle Carr at the following sites:

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We play clips from the following two guest-selected songs:

Outro music is Everything by Mood Science. Ambient music created by Rick Kleffel new every week. (The audio can be found sprinkled throughout the blog at Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show, to Tony Russomano for answering the phones and to Ewa Malady for audio editing.

Show aired on May 28, 2022.


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