Current Research Funding:

     •     Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Donations Program, University of Pittsburgh

Selected Publications:

     Wilckens K.A., Tremel, JJ, Wolk DA, Wheeler ME. Effects of task-set adoption on ERP correlates of controlled and automatic recognition memory. NeuroImage. 2011; 55:1384-1392. PMC3049819

     Wilckens K.A., Erickson KI, Wheeler ME. Age-related decline in controlled retrieval: The role of the PFC and sleep. Neural Plasticity. 2012. PMC3434414

     Wilckens, K.A., Woo, S.G., Erickson, K.I., Wheeler, M.E. Sleep continuity and total sleep time are associated with task-switching and  preparation in young and older adults. Journal of Sleep Research. 2014; 23 (5). PMC4177284

     Wilckens, K.A., Woo, S.G., Kirk, A.R., Erickson, K.I., Wheeler, M.E. The role of sleep continuity and total sleep time in executive function across the adult lifespan. Psychology & Aging. 2014; 29(3). PMC4369772

Wilckens, K.A., Nebes, R., Hall, M., Monk, T., Buysse, D.J. Changes in Cognitive Performance are Associated with Changes in Sleep in Older Adults with Insomnia. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 2015; 1-16. PMCID Journal in Process.

     Wilckens, K.A., Aizenstein, H.J., Nofzinger, E.A, James, J.A., Hasler, B.P., Rosario-Rivera, B.L., Franzen, P., Germain, A., Hall, M.H., Kupfer, D.J., Price, J.C., Siegle, G.J., Buysse, D.J. The Role of Non-Rapid Eye Movement Slow-Wave Activity in Prefrontal Metabolism across Young and Middle Age Adults. Journal of Sleep Research. 2016. PMCID Journal In Process


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          BA, Psychology, Rutgers University, Douglass College (New Brunswick, NJ), 2006

          MA, Psychology, New York University (New York, NY), 2008

          PhD, Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 2012

          Postdoctoral Fellowship, Geriatric Psychiatry T32, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 2012-2015

Research Interests:

With undergraduate and graduate training in cognitive neuroscience and aging and postdoctoral training in sleep medicine, Dr. Wilckens is uniquely positioned to study the role of sleep in brain health and cognition. Her research interests focus on the neural mechanisms connecting sleep with cognitive function, particularly in older adulthood and whether sleep can be modified to improve cognitive performance.

Kristine A. Wilckens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

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