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Researchers on the Rise Lecture October 24, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Researchers on the Rise Lecture

Cardiometabolic Risk in the Insomnia/Short Sleep Phenotype:
Could Exercise be a Key Treatment Component?

Christopher Kline, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry








Dr. Kline is an Assistant Professor with the Sleep & Chronobiology research group in the Department of Psychiatry. He earned his PhD in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Translational Sleep Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh under the mentorship of Dr. Martica Hall. With a training background bridging the fields of exercise science and sleep medicine, Dr. Kline’s research interests focus on the utility of exercise in the management of sleep disorders, the cardiometabolic consequences of poor sleep, and how behavioral interventions such as exercise may reduce cardiometabolic risk via improved sleep. He is currently funded by a K23 Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, in which he is investigating the relationship between the insomnia/short sleep phenotype and subclinical cardiovascular disease and piloting a behavioral intervention for this sleep phenotype.

Learning Objectives.  At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:  

  1. Describe the epidemiologic association between the insomnia/short sleep combination and greater cardiovascular and metabolic risk.
  2. Review how adults with insomnia and short sleep duration are commonly characterized by physiological ‘hyperarousal'.
  3. Discuss how exercise may be a useful treatment adjunct for adults with insomnia and short sleep duration.

Aggressive Behavior in Young Women with Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms

Lori Scott, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry









Dr. Scott earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral research training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  She was appointed to the Department of Psychiatry faculty in 2013. Dr. Scott’s program of research focuses on the processes that increase risk for the development and maintenance of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) symptoms, especially anger and aggressive behavior. With support from a career development award from NIMH, Dr. Scott is using both laboratory and ecological momentary assessment methods to comprehensively assess aggression in a diverse, at-risk community sample of young women.  She is investigating several potential mediators and moderators of the association between BPD symptoms and aggression, including rejection sensitivity and shame reactivity. 

Learning Objectives:  At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the prevalence and characteristics of aggressive behaviors among adolescents and adults with BPD symptoms.
  2. Explain how and why rejection sensitivity, shame, and psychophysiological arousal can elicit angry and aggressive behavior among those with BPD.
  3. Understand the benefits and challenges of using ecological momentary assessment methods to study the proximal risk factors for aggression and other destructive behaviors in at-risk populations.

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