Penn Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program and Advanced Practitioner Education Resources

Penn Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program

Established in 2008, the Penn Behavioral Sleep Medicine program offers an enriched and broad range of clinical, educational, and research opportunities and resources. The program is led by Dr. Michael Perlis, Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program and by Dr. James Findley, Clinical Director of the BSM Program and Director of the BSM Mini-Fellowship. 

Penn based CBT-I training, seminars, and mini-fellowship information can be found using this link.   

In order to increase training opportunities in the burgeoning field of behavioral sleep medicine (BSM), the Penn BSM program offers training that emphasizes a broad range of clinical and research sleep medicine experiences. The program is one of the few BSM training programs currently accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). It is primarily designed for psychologists-in-training, although it is open to individuals from other fields, such as medicine, nursing, and social work. Individuals can participate in the training program at various levels of training/practice:
  • All trainees are eligible to attend our three day Basic CBT-I course which typically occurs once each year in October. 
  • Trainees who have completed the three day Basic CBT-I course (live or by webinar) and/or participated in the VA Training Program, the Ryerson Courses, the DoD training, or other intensive training, or those with 1 or more years of clinical experience with CBT-I are eligible to attend our three day Advanced CBT-I course which typically occurs once each year in April.
  • Doctoral students can obtain BSM training as either a clinical practicum (externship) or as part of the pre-doctoral internship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Clinical Psychology Internships are available to Doctoral students at CHOP and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.
  • Trainees with a significant interest in or experience with Behavioral Sleep Medicine (established by application) are eligible to participate in our three day Advanced Mini-Fellowship (may be arranged at any time).
  • Post-doctoral trainees may engage in a two year fellowship program, when offered, that provides for both clinical and research training in BSM and sleep research. 


Penn School of Nursing

Sleep modules are included as part of the Penn School of Nursing MSN curriculum for primary care NP students.  A specialty sleep clinical rotation is also available for the primary care NP students.

Geared towards the Advance Practice Nurse, the Sleep Medicine for the Nurse Practitioner curriculum is not currently available.   


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