KRISTEN LAMARCA PHD
Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Kristen LaMarca, Ph.D is a licensed clinical psychologist who is board-certified in behavioral sleep medicine. She has expertise in applied psychophysiology, is a published author, and is a regular reviewer for several scientific publications.
Dr. LaMarca completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with a minor in biological science. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Diego, CA where she specialized in behavioral medicine and applied psychophysiology. She has trained in a host of local settings, including Community Research Foundation and Aurora Behavioral Healthcare, and has conducted conjoint research between the Center for Autism Research and Evaluation Services (CARES) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory.
Her experience spans a broad range of psychiatric and addictive disorders, medical populations, age groups, and cultural backgrounds delivering evidence-based treatments, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based psychotherapies (e.g. DBT, ACT, MBSR). She is known for her creativity as an interventionist, sincere empathy, and ability to work with complex or challenging diagnoses and problems. In working with Dr. LaMarca, her warm and calming demeanor, depth of clinical knowledge, and ability to build trust set her apart in helping clients feel hopeful, understood, and supported. California license #PSY26819
Dr. LaMarca contributes to research in the areas of biofeedback, brain-computer interfaces (BCI), and lucid dreaming.
Her dissertation focused on how to behaviorally and psychologically prepare lower functioning children with autism to perform the complex neuroimaging and treatment tasks of a neurofeedback study.
Her research collaborations with Lucidity Institute have focused on the differences between lucid and nonlucid dreams, induction methods, and the creative and therapeutic applications of lucid dreaming.
She is a peer reviewer for several journals, such as Sleep Medicine, Psychiatry Research, Journal for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and more.