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TicaAPA100133.jpg Martica Hall
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Clinical and Translational Science
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
3811 O'Hara Street; E-1131
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 246-6431
Fax: (412) 246-5300

BA, University of Memphis - 1989
MS, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences - 1993
PhD, University of Pittsburgh - 1995
Research Interests
Dr. Hall’s research bridges two traditionally independent fields, biobehavioral medicine and sleep medicine. Her research program focuses on the sleep-health relationship, with a special emphasis on the bi-directional relationship between stress and sleep, and their impact on health and functioning. She has conducted naturalistic and experimental studies of acute and chronic stress and their effects on sleep and health in various populations including adolescents, college students, parents of sick children, women during menopause, patients with insomnia or major depression, mid- and late-life caregivers, and elders with bereavement-related depression. Dr. Hall has been the recipient of career development and independent investigator awards from the NIH and actively collaborates with colleagues on other NIH-funded studies in the areas of psychophysiology, endocrinology, psychoneuroimmunology, neurobiology and cardiovascular disease. As Co-Director of the Neuroscience-Clinical and Translational Research Center Laboratory, Dr. Hall has developed protocols for wrist actigraphy and in-home polysomnography, to study participants in their usual home environments, and protocols to quantify autonomic nervous system activity during sleep, in order to evaluate the physiological pathways linking psychological states, sleep and health. As Director of the Sleep Assessment and Resources Core of the Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center (, Dr. Hall has developed educational programs and workshops to foster the growth of sleep research within the field of biobehavioral medicine research at local, national and international levels. She has mentored undergraduates, graduate and medical students and post-doctoral fellows in psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, medicine and public health.
Select from 71 peer-reviewed publications

Hall M, Buysse DJ, Dew MA, Prigerson HG, Kupfer DJ, Reynolds CF. Intrusive thoughts and avoidance behaviors are associated with sleep disturbances in bereavement-related depression. Depression and Anxiety, 6:106-12, 1997.

Hall M, Baum A, Buysse DJ, Prigerson HG, Kupfer DJ, Reynolds CF. Sleep as a mediator of the stress-immune relationship. Psychosomatic Medicine, 60:48-51, 1998.

Hall M, Buysse DJ, Nowell PD, Nofzinger EA, Houck P, Reynolds CF, Kupfer DJ. Symptoms of stress and depression as correlates of sleep in primary insomnia. Psychosomatic Medicine, 62:227-230, 2000.

Germain A, Buysse DJ, Ombao H, Kupfer DJ, Hall M. Psychophysiological reactivity and coping styles influence the effects of acute stress exposure on REM sleep. Psychosomatic Medicine, 65:857-864, 2003.

Hall M, Vasko R, Buysse DJ, Ombao H, Chen Q, Cashmere JD, Kupfer DJ, Thayer JF. Acute stress affects heart rate variability during sleep. Psychosomatic Medicine, 66:56-62, 2004.

Hall M, Thayer JF, Germain A, Moul D, Vasko R, Puhl M, Miewald J, Buysse DJ. Psychological stress is associated with heightened physiological arousal during NREM sleep in primary insomnia. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 5(3):178-193, 2007.

Hall M, Buysse DJ, Nofzinger EA, Reynolds CF, Monk TH. Financial Strain is a Significant Correlate of Sleep Continuity Disturbances in Late-Life. Biological Psychology, 77: 217-222, 2008. PMCID: PMC2267650

Hall M, Muldoon MF, Jennings JR, Buysse DJ, Flory JD, Manuck SB. Self-reported Sleep Duration is Associated with the Metabolic Syndrome in Mid-life Adults. Sleep, 31(5):635-643, 2008. PMCID: PMC2398755

Sowers MF, Zheng H, Kravitz HM, Matthews KA, Bromberger JT, Gold EB, Owens J, Consens F, Hall M. Sex steroid hormone profiles are related to sleep measures from polysomnography and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. Sleep, 31(10):1339-49, 2008. PMCID: PMC2572739

Hall M, Matthews K, Kravitz H, Gold E, Buysse DJ, Bromberger J, Owens J, Sowers MF. Race and Financial Strain are Independent Correlates of Sleep in Mid-Life Women: The SWAN Sleep Study. Sleep, 32(1):73-82, 2009. PMCID: PMC2625326

Okun ML, Kravitz HM, Sowers MF, Moul DE, Buysse DJ, Hall M. Psychometric Evaluation of the Insomnia Symptom Questionnaire: A Self-report Measure to Identify Chronic Insomnia. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 5:41-51, 2009. PMCID: PMC2637165

Okun ML, Coussons-Read ME, Hall M. Disturbed Sleep is Associated with Increased C-reactive protein in Young Women. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 23:351-54, 2009.

Okun ML, Roberts JM, Marsland AL, Hall M. How disturbed sleep may be a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes. A Hypothesis. Ob-Gyn Survey, 64:273-80, 2009.

Nabi H, Hall M, Koskenvuo M, Singh-Manoux A, Oksanen T, Suominen S, Kivimäki M, Vahtera J. Psychological and Somatic Symptoms of Anxiety and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: The HeSSup Prospective Cohort Study. Biological Psychiatry, (in press).

Okun ML, Buysse DJ, Reynolds C, Monk T, Begley A, Hall M. What Constitutes Too Long of a Delay? Determining the Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) Using Self-report and PSG-Assessed Wake Time. Psychoneuroendocrinology, (in press).
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