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Anne Germain, PhD January 6, 2012, 12:00 pm WPIC Auditorium


Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Meet the Principal Investigator Lecture

Vis per Somnem: Psychological Resilience through Sleep

Anne Germain, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Anne Germain, PhD, obtained her doctorate from the Université de Montréal in Clinical Psychology in 2001 and completed her post-graduate training at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry 2005. Her areas of expertise are in clinical sleep research and the study of the pathophysiology, neurobiology, and treatments for insomnia and nightmares comorbid with stress-related disorders with a special emphasis on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military populations. Dr. Germain’s initial work targeted the nature and correlates of sleep disturbances in PTSD, major depression, and complicated grief.  More recently, her work has focused on the development, adaptation, testing and comparisons of behavioral and pharmacological treatments targeting sleep disturbances in PTSD. In parallel, she also investigates and probes the neural correlates of PTSD across the sleep-wake cycle using sleep neuroimaging techniques, and examines sleep-specific brain mechanisms that contribute to sleep treatment response. Finally, and within the context of close multidisciplinary collaborations, her research program has expanded to include an animal component to study and probe the role of sleep in fear learning and the moderating roles of genetic and environmental factors on fear responses.  In her presentation, Dr. Germain will present recent findings from her clinical and translational research program. She will also present the theoretical framework that guides current and upcoming research projects aimed at elucidating the role of sleep as a core component of psychological resilience in military and civilian populations. 

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