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    Translational Research Training in Sleep Medicine (T32)
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    Postdoctoral Scholars

    Matthew Cribbet
    Postdoctoral Scholar (Aug 2013)
    Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
    3811 O'Hara Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    I earned my B.S. in Psychology from the Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Clinical/Health Psychology from the University of Utah. Prior to starting the Translational Research Training Program in Sleep Medicine (T32) at the University of Pittsburgh, I completed a clinical psychology internship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Martica Hall is my primary mentor, and my research interests include understanding how associations among stress, self-regulation, and sleep influence cardiometabolic disease risk.

    Heather Gunn, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Scholar (Oct 2012)
    Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
    3811 O'Hara Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    Heather attended Arizona State for her undergraduate degree, University of Utah for graduate school, and completed her clinical internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Her primary research focus is examining how the social world mitigates sleep quality by quantifying interpersonal behavior. For her dissertation, she objectively coded interpersonal responses to stress to identify specific types of behavior that were associated with subjective sleep.

    Daniel Kay, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Scholar (Sept 2013)
    Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
    3811 O'Hara Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    I obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in psychology from the Washington State University. My research focused on testing local sleep theory under the mentorship of Dr. James Krueger. My graduate degree in clinical psychology was earned at the University of Florida. My dissertation investigated the impact of sleep disturbance on cognitive functioning in older adults and patients with Parkinson's disease. My current interests include translational sleep medicine research in human and non-human primates.

    Jessica Levenson, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Scholar (July 2013)
    Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
    3811 O'Hara Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    After obtaining a B.A. from Brandeis University in 2004, I received an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) to work in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Branch of the NIMH. In 2006 I began graduate training in the Clinical Psychology Program of the University of Pittsburgh, with Ellen Frank, Ph.D. as my primary mentor. Most of my graduate work focused on the person-specific efficacy of treatments for mood disorders, and on the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying the onset of mood episodes, with a particular focus on the role of and social rhythm and sleep disturbances. After completing a clinical psychology internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in June 2013, I began work as a postdoctoral scholar in the University of Pittsburgh Translational Research Training in Sleep Medicine Fellowship (T32) with Tina R. Goldstein, Ph.D., Peter Franzen, Ph.D, and Daniel J. Buysse, M.D. as my mentoring team. I plan to focus my work on understanding the role of sleep and social rhythm dysregulation in the development and maintenance of mood disorders, and on the development and evaluation of treatments aimed at improving sleep disturbances, social rhythm dysregulation, and mood.

    Medical Students (Summer Research)

    Timothy Ohlsen
    Tim completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2013 with a degree in neuroscience, and is now a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His research, conducted with his mentor Dr. Peter Franzen, focuses on the influence of sleep restriction on adolescent behavior, specifically risk-taking and reward motivation. He hopes that the findings may further understanding of the importance of sleep during this critical developmental period. Timís non-academic interests include basketball, woodworking, fishing, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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