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Faculty

Philip Gehrman, PhD

Philip Gehrman, PhD

Dr. Gehrman completed his undergraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his PhD in clinical psychology at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. His clinical internship was at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina. After completing a post doctoral fellowship in sleep medicine at Penn he was on the faculty of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He came back to Penn as part of a new program in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM) in August of 2008. Dr. Gehrman's research is focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms of insomnia, with particular emphasis on the stress response system. He is also involved in studies examining both cognitive behavioral and pharmacologic treatment of insomnia. He is director of the clinical BSM program at the Penn Sleep Center and is in the process of setting up a BSM program at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Elaine Boland, PhD

Elaine Boland, PhD

 elaine.boland@va.gov; bolande@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Dr. Boland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine with a concurrent appointment as a clinical psychologist at the Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2014 from Temple University, and completed the Philadelphia VA MIRECC Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017.

Dr. Boland’s research focuses on the intersection of sleep, circadian rhythms and mental health. Toward that end, she received a Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Science Research and Development Service in 2017 that is examining reward processing impairment as a potential underlying mechanism of the insomnia and depression comorbidity.

Jennifer Goldschmied, PhD

Jennifer Goldschmied, PhD

Dr. Goldschmied is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Chronobiology and Sleep Institute of the University of Pennsylvania . She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science in 2016 from the University of Michigan, and completed her clinical psychology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Goldschmied’s research focuses on understanding the role of sleep in modulating mood and the processing of emotional stimuli, particularly in the context of mood disorders with the ultimate goal of determining if we can use sleep to improve emotional outcomes

Katherine Miller, PhD

Katherine Miller, PhD

 katherine.miller13@va.gov

Dr. Miller received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Tulsa after completing a pre-doctoral internship at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. She completed a three year postdoctoral research fellowship within the VA’s Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. Two years of the fellowship were completed at the National Center for PTSD, Dissemination and Training Division, within the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and one year was completed at the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center within Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center. She is currently a research psychologist working on her VA sponsored Career Development Award. Dr. Miller’s research and clinical interests are broadly focused on the treatment of chronic sleep disturbances related to traumatic events. She has a particular interest in understanding the phenomenology, pathophysiology, and treatment of trauma-related nightmares.


Staff

Holly Barilla, M.S.

Holly Barilla, M.S.

Project Manager

Holly currently runs multiple studies within the Sleep, Neurobiology and Psychopathology Lab as well as the Philadelphia VA Medical Center (PVAMC). Holly graduated from Wagner College with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Studies. 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 received her master's degree in Health Psychology.  Holly's master thesis focused on content analysis of nightmare data in Vietnam veterans. Holly is a certified CRC, phlebotomist and a member of the Sleep Research Society. Her research interests include exercise and its impact on sleep.

For more information: www.linkedin.com/pub/holly-barilla/10/57/98a/

Paul Gunter, M.S.

Paul Gunter, M.S.

Research Coordinator

Paul currently works on multiple studies with the SNaP lab. 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 health outcomes as they relate to sleep.

Elly Goldstein, B.A.

Elly Goldstein, B.A.

Research Coordinator

Elly graduated from Johns Hopkins University in December of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish. As an undergraduate, she did research on the quality of mental health care in Argentine prisons and worked with the undocumented community in Baltimore to improve access to social resources. In the future, she hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.

Grace Estabrook

Grace Estabrook

Student Research Assistant

Grace is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a minor in Nutrition, and a Certificate in Spanish Language. She works under Dr. Goldschmied in looking at the effects of slow wave sleep disruption on mood, cognition, and behavior in healthy controls and subjects with Major Depressive Disorder. Her research interests include studying motivation and effort in people with depression, and the connection between nutrition, exercise, and mental health. In the future, she hopes to obtain an MSW or PhD in clinical psychology.