Patrick McNamara, PHD

Professor, Department of Psychology

Areas of Expertise:

  • Health psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Social Neuroscience
  • Sleep and dreams
  • Psychology of Religion

Education:

  • BA Psychology Boston University Boston MA
  • MA Theology St Joesphs College Maine
  • Ph.D. Human Neuropsychology/Behavioral Neuroscience Boston University Boston MA

Dissertation:

  • A psycholinguistic analysis of processing deficits in Korsakoff amnesia.

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Health Psychology
  • Sleep and Dreams
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Neuropsychology

Select Publications:

  • McNamara, P. (2020). Religion, neuroscience and the Self: A new personalism. Routledge, London UK.
  • McNamara, P. (2019). Neuroscience of Sleep and Dreams. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press
  • McNamara, P. Duffy-Deno, K., Marsh, T. and Marsh Jr T. (2019). Dream content analysis using artificial intelligence. International Journal of Dream Research Volume 12, No. 1, 1-11.
  • McNamara, P and Durso R. (2018). The dopamine system, Parkinson's Disease and language function. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 21, 1-5, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2017.10.010
  • McNamara, P., Moore, K. H., Papelis, Y., Diallo, S., & Wildman, W. J. (2018). Virtual reality-enabled treatment of nightmares. Dreaming, 28(3), 205–224. https://doi.org/10.1037/drm0000088

These are a recent part of over 150 publications.

Selected Professional Experience:

  • Founding editor: Religion, Brain and Behavior (Richard Sosis and Wesley Wildman, Coeditors) http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rrbb20
  • Teaching experience: I have taught most standard undergraduate psych courses and many graduate level seminars in psychology at several universities.
  • Founding editor: Religion, Brain and Behavior (Richard Sosis and Wesley Wildman, Coeditors) http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rrbb20
  • Teaching experience: I have taught most standard undergraduate psych courses and many graduate level seminars in psychology at several universities.

MEMBERSHIPS PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • 2012-present International Association for Science and Religion
  • 2009-2018       Movement Disorders Society
  • 2008-present   American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • 2008-2010       American Psychological Association, Division 36, Psychology of Religion
  • 2008-present   American Psychological Association
  • 2008-2010       American Academy of Neurology Professional Association
  • 2007-2009       International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
  • 2007-2010       Human Behavior and Evolution Society
  • 2007-2010       American Academy of Neurology
  • 2005-2010       American Psychiatric Society
  • 2004-2010       Sleep Research Society
  • 2000-present Association for the Study of Dreams
  • 1995-2010       International Neuropsychological Society
  • 2007-2008       Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • 2007-2008       International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion
  • 1997-2004       Association of Health Services Research
  • 2010-present Blog at Psychology Today magazine on Neuroscience of sleep and dreams http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dream-catcher