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Meet the PI Lecture October 10, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Meet the PI Lecture

The Sleepless Night Blues:
The Importance of Sleep Health in Promoting Emotional Health

Peter Franzen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry









Dr. Franzen obtained his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Arizona.  He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel J. Buysse before his appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.  Dr. Franzen has also served as the Associate Director of the Department’s Sleep and Chronobiology Center’s Education Core since 2012.  His research program strives to better understand why and how sleep is so important for emotional health in teens and adults.  With support from a career development award and through his roles on numerous R01-funded projects, Dr. Franzen has utilized experimental sleep deprivation protocols in healthy adolescents and adults to examine the impact of sleep loss on emotional reactivity and regulation.  He has also collaborated on other research projects that examined sleep–emotion relationships in clinical populations, including insomnia and bipolar disorder. 

Learning Objectives. Following the lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the bi-directional associations between sleep and mood disorders. 
  2. Discuss the emotional consequences of sleep loss.  
  3. Discuss the impact of sleep loss on the neural systems underlying negative and positive affect.

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits. 

For more information regarding this lecture, please contact Jeanie Knox Houtsinger at