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    Lee Ritterband, Ph.D.

    Thursday, November 20, 2014
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    WPIC Auditorium (2nd floor)

    Using the Internet to Provide Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia

    Dr. Ritterband is a Professor at the University of Virginia Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Behavioral Health and Technology Lab. With degrees in clinical psychology and computer technology, Dr. Ritterband specializes in the development and testing of behaviorally-based treatment programs delivered via the Web. He has been a Principal or Co-Investigator on large research projects funded by multiple institutes of the National Institutes of Health; the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia); National Science Foundation; the American Diabetes Association; and various State and commercial entities. In 2004, he co-founded the International Society for Research on Internet interventions ( which is the leading international organization focused on Internet intervention research. Dr. Ritterband is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and is an Associate Editor for the journal Health Psychology and a past editor of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the leading health informatics journal.

    Dr. Ritterband will discuss the creation and evaluation of web-based treatment programs or Internet interventions. Internet interventions are usually derived from effective face-to-face behavioral treatments that have been operationalized and transformed for Internet delivery. They are often highly structured, but personalized and tailored to the individual user. They can be deployed as self or semi-self guided programs, and most are interactive and enhanced with the multimedia capabilities of the Web. Specifically, Dr. Ritterband will present SHUTi (Sleep Healthy Using the Internet), a fully automated web-based program developed to make cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) more accessible. Findings from initial trials using SHUTi have been promising. Currently, SHUTi is being evaluated a number of research trials, including a US national trial funded by the NIMH (R01MH086758); two trials in Australia; two trials in Norway; and one trial in Denmark. Results will be presented and discussed.

    Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference. WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This program is being offered for 1.0 continuing education credits.
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