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Lynn C. Waelde

Palo Alto University
United States of America


Dr. Waelde’s clinical and research interests focus on therapeutic applications of meditation and on predictors and manifestations of stress disorders. Her research has addressed the effectiveness of meditation for people facing diverse health and mental health issues. The Inner Resources (IR) protocol (Waelde, 2005) 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. 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.

Research Interest

Meditation and Psychotherapy, Trauma, Dissociation and PTSD.


  • Bekke-Hansen S, Pedersen CG, Thygesen K, Christensen S, Waelde LC, et al. (2014) The role of religious faith, spirituality and existential considerations among heart patients in a secular society: Relation to depressive symptoms six months post-acute coronary syndrome. J Health Psychol 19: 740-753.

  • Bekke-Hansen S, Pedersen C, Thygesen K, Christensen S, Waelde LC, et al. (2012) Faith and use of complementary and alternative medicine among heart attack patients in a secular society. Complement Ther Med 20: 306-315.

  • Waelde LC, Pennington D, Mahan C, Mahan R, Kabour M, et al. (2010) Psychometric properties of the Race-Related Events Scale. Psychol Trauma 2.

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