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Martica H. Hall, PhD March 23, 2012, 12:00 pm WPIC Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Meet the PI Lecture

Eyes Wide Shut:
Disentangling Relationships among Stress, Sleep and Health

 

Martica H. Hall, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and
Clinical and Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Hall’s research bridges two traditionally independent fields, biobehavioral medicine and sleep medicine. Biobehavioral medicine research has made important discoveries regarding the pathways through which psychological, social and environmental factors influence health and functioning.  Yet, until recently, this research has focused almost exclusively on factors measured during wakefulness. Sleep research, in turn, has not systematically considered the influence of psychosocial or environmental factors on normal sleep or on the pathogenesis and clinical course of primary sleep disorders.  Dr. Hall’s research program integrates theoretical concepts and methods from both fields in order to address fundamental questions about stress, sleep, and their consequences to health and functioning across the lifespan.  Dr. Hall’s research program integrates theoretical concepts and methods from both fields in order to address fundamental questions about stress, sleep, and their consequences to health and functioning across the lifespan.  She has conducted naturalistic and experimental studies of acute and chronic stress and their effects on sleep and health in various populations including adolescents, college students, parents of sick children, mid-life women, patients with insomnia or major depression, health care workers and family caregivers, and elders with bereavement-related depression.  During the course of this work, Dr. Hall has developed innovative methods for enhancing the ecological validity and reliability of sleep studies and the assessment of nocturnal physiology during sleep.  In addition to her own research, Dr. Hall has mentored undergraduate, graduate and medical students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty, who employ similar approaches to address the spectrum of basic to clinical and translational questions regarding the importance of sleep to health and functioning.

For more information regarding the Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series, please contact Jeanie Knox Houtsinger at knoxjv@upmc.edu.