Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM (Click to request CV)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Gehrman is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry. He is also a member of the Penn Sleep Center and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He completed his graduate training in clinical psychology at the University of California, San Diego including a pre-doctoral internship at the Durham VA Medical Center and a post doctoral fellowship in sleep medicine at Penn. Dr. Gehrman’s clinical work focuses on the delivery of cognitive behavioral and chronotherapeutic interventions for insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and other sleep disorders. At the Philadelphia VA he has an active telehealth program where he delivers insomnia treatment to Veterans at other VA facilities using videoconferencing technology. Dr. Gehrman’s research focuses on uncovering the mechanisms of insomnia as well as expanding treatment options. Some of his recent and current studies include an examination of stress reactivity in individuals with insomnia compared to good sleepers, randomized trials of imagery rehearsal treatment for nightmares in Veterans with PTSD, and newer work on the genetics of insomnia. He recently was involved in one of the first GWAS studies of insomnia, which is currently in the publication process. He has over 40 peer-reviewed articles and a number of published book chapters. In terms of BSM training, he co-leads a post doctoral fellowship for psychologists that combines both adult and pediatric BSM clinical training. He also leads a weekly BSM webinar that involves case discussion and education in sleep medicine topics. Dr. Gehrman is the current chair of the Trainee Education Activities Committee (TEAC) of the Sleep Research Society.