Ernest Hartmann, MD
2007 IASD Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Ernest Hartmann, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the Tufts University School of Medicine, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital, and author of nine books and about 325 articles in professional journals. His most recent book (written for nonprofessionals as well as professionals) is Dreams and Nightmares: The New Theory (1998, Plenum, Paperback revised, 2002, Persus NY). In brief, the theory is that dream imagery pictures the emotion of the dreamer, and the intensity of the central imagery is a measure of the power of the underlying emotion. The theory is based on a great deal of research, especially on dreams after trauma. A systematic study of dreams before and after 9/11/01 has recently been completed which supports the theory.
Ernest Hartmann is also a Past President of IASD, and was the first Editor-in-Chief of IASD’s journal, Dreaming. In Ernest Hartmann’s words, “IASD is a fascinating multidisciplinary, multifaceted, multi-everything organization.”