Researchers on the Rise Lecture


Development of a Sleep-Focused Intervention for Adolescents

Jessica Levenson, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Slow-Wave Sleep and Cognitive Aging

Kristine Wilckens, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to feature the work of two of our talented early-career investigators, Drs. Jessica Levenson and Kristine Wilckens, as part of its Researchers on the Rise series.

Drs. Jessica Levenson and Kristine Wilckens
The findings of Drs. Jessica Levenson and Kristine Wilckens will be featured at the first Researchers on the Rise lecture of the Fall lecture series.

Jessica Levenson, PhD is designing and evaluating interventions for adolescents that enhance sleep health specifically to promote mental and physical health broadly using qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop stakeholder-informed interventions that are likely to be effective, adopted, and implemented. 

Kristine Wilckens, PhD is conducting research that examines the role of sleep in brain health and cognition. Her current work examines slow-wave sleep and executive network function in older adults.

The entirety of this program will be a lecture by the speaker(s). All individuals able to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. Registration is not required for this event. This event is free and there will be no refunds. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Location. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Auditorium

For More Information. Please contact Frances Patrick at or at 412-246-6787.

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