Behavioral Sleep Medicine Training Program Overview

Sleep is a fundamental health behavior, and sleep disturbances are associated with adverse consequences for physical and mental health. However, our understanding of sleep and sleep disorders is jeopardized by a shortage of well-trained sleep scientists and clinicians who have comprehensive knowledge of the biological as well as psychosocial underpinnings of sleep disturbances as well as behavioral approaches to treating sleep disorders. The aim of this program is to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary training in behavioral sleep medicine practice and research for clinical psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. Our philosophy, drawn from our 9 years of experience running a T32 in Translational Research Training in Sleep Medicine (HL082610; Buysse: Training Director), is that training in behavioral sleep medicine is most effective when its clinical training is hands-on and focused on the development and dissemination of empirically-supported treatments, its faculty multidisciplinary, its didactics rigorous, and its outcomes measurable and competency-based.  The overall mission of our program is to train post-doctoral level clinical psychologists as well as predoctoral level interns to become proficient in the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders, utilizing empirically-supported treatments of sleep disorders.  

Eligible Candidates: The majority of our trainees will be post-doctoral clinical psychologists funded by our T32 in Sleep Medicine. However, we will offer the opportunity to well-qualified, pre-doctoral clinical psychology interns at the APA-approved internship site at WPIC to obtain training under the Alternate Track. Trainees at the postdoctoral level will be eligible to sit for the state licensing examination in clinical psychology. Predoctoral interns will be eligible once they have met the post-doctoral training hours required for licensure.

Co-Directors: Brant Hasler, PhD, CBSM, and Daniel Buysse, MD

For more information: please contact Dr. Hasler at haslerbp@upmc.edu