Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health


Robert Ader, PhD, MD(hc)

Robert Ader, PhD, MD(hc)
University of Rochester

R01AT003332: The Role of Partial Reinforcement in the Long Term Management of Insomnia

Robert Ader, PhD, MD (hc), Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester; Distinguished University Professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Ader held an NIMH Research Scientist Award for 30 years (1969-99). He holds honorary MD and DSc degrees. He edited Psychoneuroimmunology (1981) and was the senior editor of the second (1991), third (2001) and fourth (2006) editions. He serves on several Editorial Boards and was Editor-in-Chief of Brain, Behavior and Immunity from 1986 through 2002. Dr. Ader is a past President of the American Psychosomatic Society, the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and was Founding President of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.

In Memoriam:  After a truly valiant fight with multiple cancers, Bob died this past year. During the years he was ill, he remained what he always had been: intellectually vibrant and generous of mind. During his last few months, Bob’s friends and colleagues created a Festschrift book for him so he could know how much he meant to all of us. My entry can be accessed here. Please know that Bob is still very much with us and we hope to carry some his ideas to fruition with our project on partial reinforcement.

Kimberly Cote, PhD

Kimberly Cote, PhD
Brock University

R21MH076855: Information processing at sleep onset and during sleep in patients with insomnia

Kimberly Cote, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada. She supervises MA and PhD students in the behavioral neuroscience stream of the graduate program in Psychology. She is Director of the Sleep Research Laboratory at Brock University, a 3-bedroom facility specifically designed for multiple-channel recording of EEG and event-related potentials in human sleep and wakefulness.

Dr. Cote received a Masters of Science degree from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto in 1995, and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1999 (under the supervision Dr. Ken Campbell). She then did post-doctoral work in Zurich, Switzerland prior to joining the Faculty at Brock University.

The general focus of Dr. Cote's program of research is the study of sleep, performance, and cognition. She has published on topics such as sleep deprivation; sleep onset in good and poor sleepers; benefits of napping; sleep and memory; and brain information processing capabilities during sleep.

Dr. Cote's research is funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. She has received awards such as: the New Opportunities grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Premier's Research Excellence Award from the Government of Ontario, and the Roger Broughton Young Investigator Award for early contributions to sleep research in Canada.

Dr. Cote served on the Executive of the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) from 2002-2010, including a term as Vice-President Research in 2007-2010. She has participated on grant review panels for NSERC, CIHR, and NIH.

Presently, Dr. Cote and Dr. Perlis are working on summarizing the findings from the above project on Information processing at sleep onset and during sleep in patients with insomnia

Jason Ellis, PhD

Jason Ellis, PhD
Northumbria University

After completing his undergraduate degree at Thames Valley University in 1999, Dr Ellis was awarded an Advanced Course Quota Studentship by the ESRC to study an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Surrey. 

On completion, he was awarded a postgraduate training award by the ESRC to complete his PhD in Sleep Psychology. He is a Practicing Health Psychologist and his research focuses around six main themes:

  1. The bio-behavioral predictors and correlates that influence the transition between acute and chronic insomnia
  2. The genotypic basis of diurnal preference and its relationship with both endogenous and exogenous markers of circadian timing
  3. The assessment and diagnosis of sleep disorders in children
  4. The role of Behavioral and psychological factors in the symptom management of chronic jet-lag amongst long-haul air crew
  5. The application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) in vulnerable populations (people with chronic psychological or physical health problems)
  6. Communications about sleep and sleepiness between health-care providers, pharmacists, and service users

His current role at Northumbria University is Reader in Psychology and he is also Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research. In addition, he sits on committee for the British Psychological Society – Division of Health Psychology and has previously sat on the Teaching and Educational Advisory Committee for the Sleep Research Society (based in the USA) and the Division of Health Psychology Scotland. He has presented his research at numerous international conferences and invited talks in the UK, the United States and Canada (including the University of California – San Diego C.A., Harvard Medical School M.A., and the University of Laval, Quebec), and the rest of the world. He has obtained funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the National Science Council of Taiwan, and the British Academy. Additionally he has consulted for Transport for London and Cussons Pearl.

Presently, Dr. Ellis and Dr. Perlis are working on a series of collaborative projects including two pilot studies on episodic memory (for events occurring at or around sleep onset) in good sleepers and patients with insomnia and one study on stress and sleep (using a paradigm based on the Cano-Saper model of acute insomnia).

Colin Espie, PhD

Colin Espie, PhD

Attention bias as an etiologic factor in primary and secondary insomnia

Colin A. Espie PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the University of Glasgow Sleep Research Laboratory (UG-SRL). Dr Espie has substantial experience in sleep disorders medicine and a specialized expertise in behavioral sleep medicine, particularly in insomnia. He has served on a number of American Academy of Sleep Medicine work groups, and has previous and current involvements with the British Sleep Society and the European Sleep Research Society. He recently successfully led the UK bid for the ESRS meeting to be held in Scotland in 2008. He is on the Editorial Boards of six leading journals in the general field of psychopathology, including the board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He has authored three books related to insomnia and his dedicated research interests include the cognitive behavioral treatment of insomnia and experimental models of the etiology of insomnia.

Presently, Dr. Espie and Dr. Perlis are working on completing the study above on Attention bias as an etiologic factor in primary &  secondary insomnia.

Nalaka Gooneratne, MD

Nalaka Gooneratne, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Gooneratne’s research interests are centered around studying the nature of sleep disorders in the elderly. While many older adults complain of difficulties with sleep, it is an area about which modern medicine has only a limited understanding. Funded initially by a National Institute on Aging Mentored Research Career Development Award (K23) and a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Award (R01), he is pursuing research examining the role of melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, in sleep in the elderly. Dr. Gooneratne also has a strong interest in the attitudes of senior citizens towards their sleep problems and how their background/ethnicity informs their decisions. This project has been funded by a Hartford foundation/Penn Center for Excellence pilot grant. Dr. Gooneratne also runs a Sleep Disorders Clinic for Seniors in an effort to address the medical needs of older patients with sleep disorders. In addition, Dr. Gooneratne is the Associate Program Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Center of the University of Pennsylvania's Clinical and Translational Science Award, which assists in the conduct of over 190 clinical research studies. He also helps to coordinate the research activities of the Geriatric fellows in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and mentors research fellows in the Division of Sleep Medicine.

Presently, Dr. Gooneratne and Dr. Perlis are working on a NIH funded pilot study on how insomnia symptoms vary with CPAP and sham-CPAP in individuals with Sleep Disordered Breathing.

Jeffrey Greeson, PhD

Jeffrey Greeson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

 Jeffrey M. Greeson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College in 1997, an M.S. in Biomedical Chemistry from Thomas Jefferson University in 2001, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami in 2006. He was on faculty at Duke University Medical Center from 2006-2014, before joining Penn Psychiatry.

Dr. Greeson's research interests include the effects of stress on mental and physical health, and how effectively reducing stress can improve health and potentially prevent disease. His research on stress and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has been funded by the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine and the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a licensed psychologist who specializes in Health Psychology, Dr. Greeson provides psychotherapy to patients at Penn who present with co-morbid mental and medical disorders, many of which are stress-related.

Dr. Greeson is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychosomatic Society, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He has published nearly 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and has given over 100 invited presentations to students, researchers, and health care professionals on the topics of stress, mindfulness, and mind-body health.

Carla Jungquist, NP, PhD

Carla Jungquist, NP, PhD
University of Buffalo

Dr. Jungquist’s collaboration with Dr. Perlis started in 2003 with the NINR funded study “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia in Patients with Chronic Pain”.  She served as a mentored co-investigator during her doctoral program at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. She successfully defended her dissertation in 2008, receiving a PhD in Health Practice Research.  This study was one of the first to provide evidence of the important role nurses have in the delivery of CBT-I in clinical practice as well as the effectiveness of CBT-I in patients with chronic pain. Over the course of this study, Dr. Perlis along with Drs. Jungquist, Posner and Smith wrote “Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia: Session by Session Guide”, which has now been published in several languages and sold several thousand copies.  While working with Dr. Perlis at the University of Rochester, they developed the “Sleep Disorders Symptoms Checklist” (SDS-CL) that continues to be refined and validated. Dr. Jungquist has completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive science and neuroimaging where she is exploring the neural relationship of the effects of sleep loss on the painful experience. 

She is currently faculty at the University of Buffalo where she continues her research in the relationship of sleep and pain as funded by the Garmin Endowment. Dr. Jungquist is an active member of the American Pain Society, Association for Pain Management Nurses (ASPMN), Sleep Research Society, Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sigma Theta Tau, College of Nurse Practitioners. She is currently serving on the expert panels of ASPMN developing and disseminating guidelines for monitoring patients for opioid induced respiratory depression; and the Association for Nurse Credentialing Certification where she is a content expert in pain and sleep to develop questions for examinations. Dr. Jungquist continues for clinical practice at the Thompson Health Sleep Disorders Center in Canandaigua, NY.

Presently, Dr. Jungquist and Dr. Perlis are working on a validation project of the SDS-CL.  

Jacqueline Kloss, PhD

Jacqueline Kloss, PhD
Drexel University

Dr. Jacqueline Kloss, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University. Dr. Kloss’ research is broadly in the area of clinical health psychology, with a special focus on behavioral sleep medicine. She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Insomnia Program at the Drexel Sleep Center in Manayunk, Drexel University College of Medicine, where she primarily  practices cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia. 

Dr. Kloss received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Binghamton University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania in the area of sleep and outpatient psychiatry. Her current research agenda focuses on understanding sleep disturbance and developing remedies to enhance to sleep and quality of life among populations vulnerable to sleep disorders, specifically for women and college students. Her focus on the sleep of women has led to publications in the area of hot flashes, mood, and beliefs and attitudes about sleep among peri-menopausal women.  She is also working on the development, implementation, and evaluation of psychoeducational workshops to improve college student sleep. Together with Drs. David Dinges and Martin Szuba, she co-edited a book on Insomnia Principles and Management.

Dr. Kloss is also involved in other health psychology projects that enhance college student and women’s health to include investigations of the benefits of written emotional expression exercises and skin cancer prevention strategies. Bridging her interests she is currently co-editing a book on Women’s Health Psychology with Drs. Mary Spiers and Pamela Geller.

Presently, Dr. Kloss and Dr. Perlis are working on a project pertaining to insomnia and reproductive capacity.

Donn Posner, PhD

Donn Posner, PhD
Brown University

Dr. Donn Posner is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is the Director of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals and he is a certified insomnia specialist and Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine for the Sleep Disorders Center of Lifespan Hospitals. He has spent the last 24 years treating Sleep and Anxiety Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Rhode Island Hospital, and has contributed considerably to its administrative leadership and research mission.

Over the last 19 years Dr. Posner has served as the primary supervisor for a rotation of the Behavioral Medicine track of the clinical psychology internship at Brown. The rotation focuses on the assessment and treatment of Sleep and Anxiety Disorders, and is one of the few rotations of its kind in the US. He also mentors post-doctoral fellows and lectures on Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Anxiety Disorders to interns, fellows, and residents in internal medicine and psychiatry.

Dr. Posner is also one of the authors of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia: ASession-by-Session Guide (New York: Springer/Verlag). The book is intended for clinical trainees, and non-insomnia sleep specialists, as well as more experienced clinicians from outside the sleep medicine field, who wish to learn how to provide empirically validated cognitive behavioral treatment for insomnia (CBT-I). He has been a consultant on one federally funded grant looking at the effect of CBT-I in patients who suffer from alcohol abuse and is currently consulting on another federally funded grant involving CBT-I in a cohort of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Both grants used the book as a model for the clinical intervention protocol. He also is a co-investigator on a grant which will attempt to create a protocol to help extend the sleep of insufficient sleepers and examine if such sleep extension aids in weight loss.

Most recently Dr. Posner has been consulting around the country at clinical psychology programs and sleep centers assisting them on how to set up a Behavioral Sleep Medicine program and how to effectively deliver these treatments. 

Presently, Dr. Posner are working on a variety of educational related projects including a DnI grant for CBT-I,  the annual Penn CBT-I course, a video vignette series on 8 session CBT-I, and on two book projects.

Joseph Roscoe, PhD

Joseph Roscoe, PhD
University of Rochester

CBT +/- Modafinil for Insomnia and Fatigue following Chemotherapy

Dr. Roscoe received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2000 from the university of Rochester and is currently a Research Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York.  His specialty is the study of symptom relief in patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy. He is one of two Co-Principal Investigators on an NCI supported RT25 Cancer Control Research Training Grant and one of three co-investigators on the University of Rochester Cancer Center Community Clinical Oncology Program (URCC CCOP) Research Base that is sponsored by the NCI to conduct large, multi-center, clinical trials investigating symptom management therapies for cancer.  He has received five nationally competitive research awards, including an American Cancer Society career development award to examine disturbances of sleep architecture in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and an NCI-supported R01 testing the efficacy of a combined drug and behavioral intervention in reducing insomnia and fatigue in cancer survivors.  Dr. Roscoe has 60 peer-reviewed publications on issues of symptom management, and many examine the effects of behavioral and/or pharmaceutical interventions in cancer patients.

Presently, Dr. Roscoe and Dr. Perlis are working on completing the study above on CBT +/- Modafinil for Insomnia and Fatigue following Chemotherapy.

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