About the Speakers
Michael L. Perlis, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, University of Pennsylvania
Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Course Role: Dr. Perlis is the primary lecturer for the Basic Seminar and co-leads the Advanced Seminar with Dr. Posner. The Basic Seminar was developed nine years ago to provide clinicians from all walks of professional life the education and tools they need to provide CBT-I. Dr. Perlis has been continually updating the course material and course offerings since 2005. Over this course of this time the seminar has been given in venues around the world and has attracted increasingly multidisciplinary audiences. The seminar, according to Dr. Perlis, represents his best effort towards a singular goal: "Make CBT-I widely available". The Advanced Seminar (first given in 2014) represents the effort to address more complex practice issues and to do so in a highly interactive manner where attendees and course faculty learn from one another. His role in the Advanced Seminar, like those of Drs. Posner and Ellis, is as both a lecturer and discussion leader.
Background: Dr. Perlis is internationally known for his work in the area of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM). He is a coauthor of the first text book in this field and he is the senior author of a published CBT-I treatment manual and a larger text summarizing all BSM treatments. His research includes neurocognitive phenomena in insomnia, the cognitive and/or behavior effects of sedative hypnotics and placebos, the development of alternative treatment approaches for insomnia, and sleep in depression. His work has been, and continues to be, funded by the National Institutes of Health and he has published more than 100 articles and chapters on the sleep research related topics.
In addition to his academic endeavors, he has served on the editorial boards of Sleep, the Journal of Sleep Research, the journal of Sleep Medicine Research, and the journal of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Dr. Perlis has also served as a member, or chair, of several committees and task forces of the Sleep Research Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and he was a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and served as the society's first president (2010-2011).
Donn Posner, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University
Course Role: Dr. Posner is nationally renowned as a master CBT-I therapist and clinical educator. His role in the Basic seminar is to 1) provide the "in clinic point of view" on the didactic material being presented during the seminar, and 2) highlight and flesh out issues that arise during lectures or during the QnA components of the course. Dr. Posner is also available throughout the Basic Seminar to provide one-on-one responses to questions and concerns. He role in the Advanced Seminar is as both a lecturer and a discussion leader.
Background: Dr. Posner has been actively engaged in the treatment of sleep- disordered patients for the past twenty-one years. He sees a wide variety of patients, including those with Primary and Co-morbid Insomnia, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Sleep Apnea, and Narcolepsy. In addition, half of his practice is involved with anxiety disorders and the behavioral treatment of such problems as Panic Disorder, GAD, OCD, PTSD, and Social Phobia. For the last sixteen years he has served as the lead supervisor and mentor for a sleep medicine and anxiety disorders rotation in the Behavioral Medicine track of the Brown Clinical Psychology internship. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and became one of the first certified Behavioral Sleep Medicine specialists recognized by that group.
Jason Ellis, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Northumbria University Director, Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research
Course Role(s): Dr. Ellis is an internationally prominent sleep researcher and an experienced CBT-I therapist. His role in the Basic Seminar, like Dr. Posner's, is to: 1) Provide the "in-clinic point of view" on the didactic material presented during the seminar, 2) Highlight and flesh out issues that arise during lectures or during the QnA components of the course, and 3) Provide "color commentary." Dr. Ellis, along with Drs. Perlis and Posner, is available throughout the Basic Seminar to provide one-on-one responses to questions and concerns. His role in the Advanced Seminar is as both a lecturer and a discussion leader.
Background: Dr. Ellis is a Professor of Sleep Science and Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research in the United Kingdom. He splits his time between his basic research interests: the pathophysiology of sleep disorders (Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome, and Circadian Rhythm Disorders), the natural history of Insomnia, and his applied work on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). Within the latter framework he examines the impact of novel adjunct therapies, the influence of social factors on adherence, and the effective delivery of CBT-I in complex cases. He has worked within the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, delivering CBT-I to individuals with a range of physical and psychological conditions and serves on the editorial board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He is a serious advocate of public engagement and professional education with regard to behavioral sleep medicine and regularly trains CBT-I to clinicians and primary care physicians in the United Kingdom.
Marnie G. Shanbhag, PhD, PA
Course Role: Dr. Shanbhag joined the Basic CBT-I course in 2010 to share her expertise on practice management, marketing, and billing.
Background: Marnie Shanbhag is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Winter Park, Florida. Dr. Shanbhag specializes in health issues and corporate psychology and divides her time between counseling individuals, couples, and employees and providing consultation services to local companies. Prior to private practice, Dr. Shanbhag served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit agency coordinating maternal and child health systems and taught at the University of Florida.
Dr. Shanbhag graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her doctorate from the University of Florida after completing her psychology residency at the South Texas Veteran’s Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Florida Psychological Association, and serves on the Board of the Central Chapter of area psychologists. She can be reached at 407-644-5598 or MShanbhag@earthlink.net.
Michael A. Grandner PhD
Instructor, Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
Faculty, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program
Member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology
Member and the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (Penn ITMAT)
Course Role: Dr. Grandner is lecturer for the Advanced CBT-I Seminar. He presents a detailed overview regarding the principles and practice of actigraphy.
Background: Dr. Grandner is a licensed clinical psychologist. His research focuses on how sleep and sleep-related behaviors are related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, neurobehavioral functioning, mental health, and longevity. He is currently studying how sleep patterns are related to health and functioning, and the social, environmental, and behavioral factors that determine how we sleep. He has extensive experience working with actigraphy with over 10 years in both research and clinical applications.