Florda is a licensed marriage and family therapist who is passionate about the improvement of mental health. She assists with running several pharmaceutical trials that aim to study the treatment of depression. Her work focuses on administering psychiatric assessments and evaluating the eligibility of potential participants. Florda also dedicates her time to train students who aspire to be clinical professionals through an internship offered in the Program.
Holly currently runs multiple studies within the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program involving patients who have insomnia alone, or insomnia and a history of depression or cancer; as well as a study at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center (PVAMC). Prior to joining the BSMP, Holly worked at the PVAMC primarily working with Vietnam era veterans as well as the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Holly graduated from Wagner College in New York City with a degree in Psychology. She received multiple awards for her charity work and involvement in the NYC community. She continued her education at the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia where she completed her master's degree in Health Psychology. Her thesis involved content analysis of Vietnam Veterans nightmare scripts. Holly’s interests are relationships between exercise and sleep as well as the nightmare aspect of PTSD in combat-related veterans.
Paul currently works on the “Telemedicine vs in-person delivery of cognitive behavioral treatment of insomnia: a mixed methods analysis” study. Prior to working at Penn he graduated with his B.S. in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in 2015 and his M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Saint Joseph’s in 2016 where he wrote his thesis on emotional misattribution. His research interests include exercise and nutrition as they relate to sleep.
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