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Jessica Levenson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

3811 O'Hara Street, Room E-1132

Pittsburgh, PA 15213


E: levensonjc@upmc.edu

T: 412-246-6413

F: 412-246-5300


Education:


·     BA, Psychology with Honors, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA), 2004

·     MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 2008

·     Clinical Psychology Internship, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine (Madison, WI), 2013

·     PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 2013

·     Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sleep Medicine T32, University of Pittsburgh, 2013-2016


Research Interests:


Dr. Levenson's research interests focus on designing and evaluating interventions for adolescents that enhance sleep health specifically to promote mental and physical health broadly. She uses qualitative and quantitative approaches to developing stakeholder-informed interventions that are likely to be effective, adopted, and implemented.  Dr. Levenson's work also explores the role of disturbed sleep in the onset and course of depression and bipolar disorder. Dr. Levenson is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with adolescents and adults. Her clinical interests focus primarily on the treatment of mood disorders and sleep disorders.

Selected Publications:


Levenson, J.C., Kay, D.B., Buysse, D.J. (2015). The pathophysiology of insomnia. CHEST. 147, 4, 1179-1192. PMID: 25846534 PMCID: PMC4388122

Levenson, J.C., Axelson, D.A., Merranko, J., Angulo, M., Goldstein, T.R., Mullin, B.C., Goldstein, B.I., Brent, D.A., Diler, R., Hickey, M.B., Monk, K., Sakolsky, D., Kupfer, D.J., Birmaher, B. (2015). Differences in sleep disturbances among offspring of parents with bipolar disorder: Association with conversion to bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, doi: 10.1111/bdi.12345. PMID: 26547512 PMCID: PMC4734929

Levenson, J.C., Wallace, M.L., Anderson, B.P., Kupfer, D.J., Frank, E. (2015). Social Rhythm Disrupting Events Increase the Risk of Recurrence among Individuals with Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 17(8), 869-879. PMID: 26614534 PMCID: PMC4702482

Levenson, J.C., Shensa, A., Sidani, J.E., Colditz, J.B., Primack, B.A. (2016). The association between social media use and sleep disturbance among young adults. Preventive Medicine, 85, 36-41. [epub ahead of print.] PMID: 26791323 PMCID: PMC7857587

Levenson, J.C., Miller, E., Hafer, B., Reidell, M.F., Buysse, D.J., Franzen, P.L. (2016). Pilot study of a sleep health promotion program among college students. Sleep Health, 2(2), 167-174. PMID: 27525300, PMCID: PMC4978431

Parthasarathy, S., Buysse, D.J., Carskadon, M., Jean-Louis, G., Owens, J., Bramoweth, A., Combs, D., Hart, C., Hasler, B., Honaker, S.M., Hickam, D., Hertenstein, E., Kuna, S., Kushida, C., Levenson, J.C.,…Stoney, K. (2016). Implementation of sleep and circadian science: recommendations from the Sleep Research Society and National Institutes of Health workshop. SLEEP, 39(12):2061-2075. PMID: 27748248 PMCID: PMC5103795

Levenson, J.C., Soehner, A., Rooks, B.T., Merranko, J., Goldstein, T.R., Axelson, D.A., Goldstein, B.I., Brent, D.A., Diler, R., Hafeman, D., Hickey, M.B., Monk, K., Sakolsky, D., Kupfer, D.J., Birmaher, B. (2017).  Sleep phenotypes among offspring of bipolar parents and community controls: a latent transition analysis and association with conversion to bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 215, 30-36. PMID: 28315578 DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.03.011

Levenson, J.C., Rollman, B.L., Ritterband, L., Strollo, P.J., Smith, K.J., Yabes, J.G., Moore, C.G., Harvey, A.G., Buysse, D.J. (2017). Hypertension with Unsatisfactory Sleep Health (HUSH): Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Trials, 18(1). PMID: 28587609 PMCID: PMC5461741

Levenson, J.C., Shensa, A., Sidani, J.E., Colditz, J.B., Primack, B.A. (Accepted). Social Media Use before Bed and Sleep Disturbance among Young Adults in the United States: A Nationally-Representative Study. SLEEP.


Current Research Funding:


•   Focused Projects Award, American Sleep Medicine Foundation

•   Bridge to Success Award, American Sleep Medicine Foundation