There are a number of circumstances that may lead to poor sleep opportunities. Importantly, this lack of sleep opportunity and consequential sleep deprivation can have significant effects on one’s physical and mental health as well as their safety. Whether it be caring for a child, managing external demands such as work, or being in a combat zone, strategies can be implemented to mitigate against the effects of sleep deprivation during these periods. During this webinar, we will discuss the signs of sleep deprivation and provide recommendations for Sleep Survival.
1. Participants will be able to distinguish the signs of sleep deprivation
2. Participants will be able to implement strategies for managing poor sleep opportunities
Maegan M. Paxton Willing, MPH, MS is a doctoral candidate in Medical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. In addition to her doctoral work, Maegan has earned Masters degrees in Public Health, with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Clinical Psychology, and she is currently completing a graduate certificate in health professions education. Currently, she is working with sleep experts at the Center for Deployment Psychology and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (NICoE) to increase understanding of military-related sleep concerns. Presently, her research focuses on the examination of biological, psychological, and social aspects of posttraumatic nightmares in active duty service members.
Diana C. Dolan, Ph.D., CBSM is a clinical psychologist serving as an evidence-based (EBP) psychotherapy trainer with the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In this capacity, she develops and presents trainings on a variety of EBPs and deployment-related topics, and provides consultation services. Dr. Dolan is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. As an active duty psychologist, she served as chief, Primary Care Psychology at Lackland AFB, Texas, overseeing integrated behavioral health services in primary care. She was also responsible for overseeing the base post-deployment health reassessment program. Having been raised in an active duty Air Force family, she has long-term experience in military life and the impact of deployment on families.
Dr. Dolan graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned her doctorate in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine from the University of North Texas. She completed a clinical psychology internship at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to her current position, she was a deployment behavioral health psychologist with CDP and the associate training director for the clinical psychology internship at Wilford Hall.
Dr. Dolan’s professional interests include behavioral treatment of health conditions, in particular sleep disorders and within brief-natured primary care settings, clinical psychology training and program evaluation, and military psychology.
Financial: Diana Dolan has no relevant financial relationship to disclose
Nonfinancial: Diana Dolan is a member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM)
William Brim, Psy.D., is the deputy director of the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP). He joined the CDP in 2007, initially as a deployment behavioral health psychologist at Malcolm Grow (USAF) Medical Center and has served as the deputy director since 2008. Prior to joining the CDP, Dr. Brim served on active duty as a psychologist in the United States Air Force from 1997 to 2007.
Dr. Brim received his Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee and his Master's and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a graduate of the Wilford Hall (USAF) Medical Center Psychology Residency Program and the Wilford Hall Clinical Health Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program.
The focus of Dr. Brim's clinical work, supervision and training is on deployment and redeployment related to mental health issues, specifically assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and insomnia. Additionally, Dr. Brim focuses on health psychology clinical practice and supervision, the integration of mental health services in primary care and offers forensic psychology expert consultation and witness services.
Financial: William Brim has no relevant financial relationship to disclose
Nonfinancial: William Brim has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose
Carin M. Lefkowitz, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and Senior Military Behavioral Health Psychologist at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Lefkowitz earned her M.A. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Widener University, with a concentration in cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Prior to joining the CDP, she served as a psychologist at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. In this capacity she provided individual and group psychotherapy with a focus on evidence-based treatments for PTSD and insomnia. She also served as a clinical supervisor to Vet Center clinicians, and psychology interns and practicum students at the Medical Center. Dr. Lefkowitz was a therapist on studies of evidence-based treatments for insomnia and traumatic nightmares, and coordinated the Medical Center's Cognitive Processing Therapy program.
Dr. Lefkowitz has published peer reviewed articles on prolonged exposure treatment for PTSD and innovative training options in sleep disorders. She maintains an adjunct instructor appointment with the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, and was previously an adjunct instructor in Chestnut Hill College's graduate psychology program and a Clinical Associate of the University of Pennsylvania's department of psychiatry.