Dr. Brian Sharpless – The Science Behind Sleep Paralysis
Dr. Brian Sharpless will discuss sleep paralysis from scientific and cultural perspectives, as well as sleep paralysis in myth and folklore across the world.
Brian A. Sharpless is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He also holds a visiting research fellowship at Goldsmiths, University of London. Dr. Sharpless received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and MA in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his current position, he was on faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Washington State University, and the American School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Sharpless has broad interests in abnormal psychology and psychotherapy. He has more than 50 professional publications on common and lesser-known disorders, psychodynamic therapy, professional issues, and the history of psychology. His three books, Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives (co-authored with Dr. Karl Doghramji), Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders: A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Research, and Psychodynamic Therapy Techniques: A Guide to Expressive and Supportive Interventions are all available through Oxford University Press.
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