LYNN C. WAELDE, PH.D.
Lynn C. Waelde, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University and a Consulting Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Waelde has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master's degree in anthropology from Louisiana State University. She then completed a pre-doctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in her native New Orleans, where she gained training as a PTSD specialist. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr. Waelde is the founder and director of the Inner Resources Center of the Kurt and Barbara Gronowski Psychology Clinic of Palo Alto University. Center staff conduct psychoeducational programs, clinical interventions, professional training, and research concerning the applications of mind-body therapies, especially meditation, for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. She developed the Inner Resources meditation program so that the powerful techniques of meditation and mindfulness could be adapted to meet the specialized needs of people with health and mental health issues. More than 2,000 people have received training in IR meditation, and clinicians are using it nationally and internationally for self- and client care. Dr. Waelde also founded and directs the Meditation and Psychology Emphasis for students in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Palo Alto University. The Emphasis provides clinical and research training concerning mind-body approaches to health and well-being. Dr. Waelde is a life-long student of hatha yoga and has taught meditation for over 25 years.
Dr. Waelde's current clinical research addresses the effectiveness of meditation for people facing diverse health and mental health issues, its therapeutic applications, and on predictors and manifestations of stress disorders. Her Inner Resources (IR) protocol has been successfully tested for its effects on stress symptoms, substance use disorders, and quality of life in a series of collaborative clinical trials involving Hurricane Katrina survivors in New Orleans, women dementia family caregivers, persons with chronic depression, and veteran and active duty military personnel (Waelde, 2005).
Dr. Waelde’s trauma research interests focus on relationships of stressor characteristics and individual differences to manifestations of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her collaborative research has addressed issues such as subtypes of combat-related PTSD, the assessment and impact of race-related stress on different ethnic groups, and the roles of dissociation, ethnic identity, and spirituality on PTSD. Dr. Waelde’s trauma research interests focus on relationships of stressor characteristics and individual differences to manifestations of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her collaborative research has addressed issues such as subtypes of combat-related PTSD, the assessment and impact of race-related stress on different ethnic groups, and the impact of personal and cultural trauma on peacebuilding efforts.