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Aric Prather, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-7758
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    University of PittsburghPh.D., Clinical and Biological & Health Psychology2010Department of Psychology
    University of California, San Francisco/UC BerkeleyPost-doctoral Fellowship2012Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars Program
    Duke University Medical CenterClinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship2009Medical Psychology/Behavioral Medicine
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    Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society2015  - 2016Robert Ader New Investigator Award
    American Psychosomatic Society2018  - 2019Herbert Weiner Early Career Award
    Society for Health Psychology (APA Div 38)2019  - 2020Excellence in Health Psychology Research by an Early Career Professional Award

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    Examining the reciprocal effects of racial discrimination and sleep on cardiovascular functioning: An experimental approach
    NIH/NHLBI R01HL142051Jul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Sleep as a novel pathway linking chronic psychological stress and inflammation
    NIH/NHLBI K08HL112961Sep 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. De Marchis EH, Hessler D, Fichtenberg C, Adler N, Byhoff E, Cohen AJ, Doran KM, Ettinger de Cuba S, Fleegler EW, Lewis CC, Lindau ST, Tung EL, Huebschmann AG, Prather AA, Raven M, Gavin N, Jepson S, Johnson W, Ochoa E, Olson AL, Sandel M, Sheward RS, Gottlieb LM. Part I: A Quantitative Study of Social Risk Screening Acceptability in Patients and Caregivers. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Dec; 57(6S1):S25-S37. PMID: 31753277.
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    2. Felder JN, Hartman AR, Epel ES, Prather AA. Pregnant Patient Perceptions of Provider Detection and Treatment of Insomnia. Behav Sleep Med. 2019 Nov 06; 1-10. PMID: 31694403.
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    3. Cabeza de Baca T, Chayama KL, Redline S, Slopen N, Matsushita F, Prather AA, Williams DR, Buring JE, Zaslavsky AM, Albert MA. Sleep debt: the impact of weekday sleep deprivation on cardiovascular health in older women. Sleep. 2019 Oct 09; 42(10). PMID: 31361895.
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    4. Krystal AD, Prather AA, Ashbrook LH. The assessment and management of insomnia: an update. World Psychiatry. 2019 Oct; 18(3):337-352. PMID: 31496087.
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    5. Gordon AM, Del Rosario K, Flores AJ, Mendes WB, Prather AA. Bidirectional Links Between Social Rejection and Sleep. Psychosom Med. 2019 Oct; 81(8):739-748. PMID: 30640258.
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    6. Cabeza de Baca T, Prather AA, Lin J, Sternfeld B, Adler N, Epel ES, Puterman E. Chronic psychosocial and financial burden accelerates 5-year telomere shortening: findings from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Mol Psychiatry. 2019 Aug 27. PMID: 31455861.
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    7. Ross KM, Dunkel Schetter C, McLemore MR, Chambers BD, Paynter RA, Baer R, Feuer SK, Flowers E, Karasek D, Pantell M, Prather AA, Ryckman K, Jelliffe-Pawlowski L. Socioeconomic Status, Preeclampsia Risk and Gestational Length in Black and White Women. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2019 Jul 31. PMID: 31368002.
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    8. Carroll JE, Irwin MR, Seeman TE, Diez-Roux AV, Prather AA, Olmstead R, Epel E, Lin J, Redline S. Obstructive sleep apnea, nighttime arousals, and leukocyte telomere length: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Sleep. 2019 Jul 08; 42(7). PMID: 30994174.
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    9. Shardell M, Semba RD, Kalyani RR, Bandinelli S, Prather AA, Chia CW, Ferrucci L. Plasma Klotho and Frailty in Older Adults: Findings From the InCHIANTI Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019 Jun 18; 74(7):1052-1057. PMID: 29053774.
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    10. Krystal AD, Prather AA. Sleep Pharmacogenetics: The Promise of Precision Medicine. Sleep Med Clin. 2019 Sep; 14(3):317-331. PMID: 31375201.
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    11. Pantell MS, Prather AA, Downing JM, Gordon NP, Adler NE. Association of Social and Behavioral Risk Factors With Earlier Onset of Adult Hypertension and Diabetes. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 May 03; 2(5):e193933. PMID: 31099868.
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    12. Ramirez FD, Chen S, Langan SM, Prather AA, McCulloch CE, Kidd SA, Cabana MD, Chren MM, Abuabara K. Association of Atopic Dermatitis With Sleep Quality in Children. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 May 01; 173(5):e190025. PMID: 30830151.
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    13. Ramirez FD, Chen S, Langan SM, Prather AA, McCulloch CE, Kidd SA, Cabana MD, Chren MM, Abuabara K. Assessment of Sleep Disturbances and Exhaustion in Mothers of Children With Atopic Dermatitis. JAMA Dermatol. 2019 May 01; 155(5):556-563. PMID: 30892577.
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    14. Mayer SE, Prather AA, Puterman E, Lin J, Arenander J, Coccia M, Shields GS, Slavich GM, Epel ES. Cumulative lifetime stress exposure and leukocyte telomere length attrition: The unique role of stressor duration and exposure timing. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 Jun; 104:210-218. PMID: 30884304.
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    15. Martinez-Miller EE, Prather AA, Robinson WR, Avery CL, Yang YC, Haan MN, Aiello AE. US acculturation and poor sleep among an intergenerational cohort of adult Latinos in Sacramento, California. Sleep. 2019 Mar 01; 42(3). PMID: 30544165.
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    16. Dolsen MR, Crosswell AD, Prather AA. Links Between Stress, Sleep, and Inflammation: Are there Sex Differences? Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2019 Feb 07; 21(2):8. PMID: 30729328.
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    17. Krause AJ, Prather AA, Wager TD, Lindquist MA, Walker MP. The Pain of Sleep Loss: A Brain Characterization in Humans. J Neurosci. 2019 Mar 20; 39(12):2291-2300. PMID: 30692228.
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    18. Ellis EM, Prather AA, Grenen EG, Ferrer RA. Direct and indirect associations of cognitive reappraisal and suppression with disease biomarkers. Psychol Health. 2019 Mar; 34(3):336-354. PMID: 30614281.
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    19. Küffer A, Straus LD, Prather AA, Inslicht SS, Richards A, Shigenaga JK, Madden E, Metzler TJ, Neylan TC, O'Donovan A. Altered overnight levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in men and women with posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 Apr; 102:114-120. PMID: 30544002.
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    20. Mason AE, Hecht FM, Daubenmier JJ, Sbarra DA, Lin J, Moran PJ, Schleicher SG, Acree M, Prather AA, Epel ES. Weight Loss Maintenance and Cellular Aging in the Supporting Health Through Nutrition and Exercise Study. Psychosom Med. 2018 09; 80(7):609-619. PMID: 29901486.
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    21. Cohen S, Murphy MLM, Prather AA. Ten Surprising Facts About Stressful Life Events and Disease Risk. Annu Rev Psychol. 2019 01 04; 70:577-597. PMID: 29949726.
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    22. Lin J, Sun J, Wang S, Milush JM, Baker CAR, Coccia M, Effros RB, Puterman E, Blackburn E, Prather AA, Epel E. In vitro proinflammatory gene expression predicts in vivo telomere shortening: A preliminary study. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 10; 96:179-187. PMID: 29980010.
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    23. Prather AA, Epel ES, Portela Parra E, Coccia M, Puterman E, Aiello AE, Dhabhar FS. Associations between chronic caregiving stress and T cell markers implicated in immunosenescence. Brain Behav Immun. 2018 10; 73:546-549. PMID: 29935942.
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    24. Bostock S, Crosswell AD, Prather AA, Steptoe A. Mindfulness on-the-go: Effects of a mindfulness meditation app on work stress and well-being. J Occup Health Psychol. 2019 Feb; 24(1):127-138. PMID: 29723001.
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    25. Wojcicki JM, Prather AA, Epel E, Wang D, Dubal DB. Cord blood klotho levels are inversely associated with leptin in healthy Latino neonates at risk for obesity. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Apr 25; 31(5):515-520. PMID: 29648999.
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    26. Epel ES, Crosswell AD, Mayer SE, Prather AA, Slavich GM, Puterman E, Mendes WB. More than a feeling: A unified view of stress measurement for population science. Front Neuroendocrinol. 2018 04; 49:146-169. PMID: 29551356.
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    27. Epel ES, Prather AA. Stress, Telomeres, and Psychopathology: Toward a Deeper Understanding of a Triad of Early Aging. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2018 05 07; 14:371-397. PMID: 29494257.
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    28. Picard M, Prather AA, Puterman E, Cuillerier A, Coccia M, Aschbacher K, Burelle Y, Epel ES. A Mitochondrial Health Index Sensitive to Mood and Caregiving Stress. Biol Psychiatry. 2018 07 01; 84(1):9-17. PMID: 29525040.
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    29. Gordon AM, Mendes WB, Prather AA. The social side of sleep: Elucidating the links between sleep and social processes. Curr Dir Psychol Sci. 2017 Oct; 26(5):470-475. PMID: 29398789.
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    30. Felder JN, Baer RJ, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Prather AA. Sleep Disorder Diagnosis During Pregnancy and Risk of Preterm Birth. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 09; 130(3):573-581. PMID: 28796676.
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    31. Felder JN, Epel ES, Coccia M, Puterman E, Prather AA. Effects of daily maladaptive coping on nightly sleep in mothers. Psychol Health. 2018 01; 33(1):144-157. PMID: 28391720.
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    32. Cabeza de Baca T, Epel ES, Robles TF, Coccia M, Gilbert A, Puterman E, Prather AA. Sexual intimacy in couples is associated with longer telomere length. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Jul; 81:46-51. PMID: 28411413.
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    33. Prather AA, Gottlieb LM, Giuse NB, Koonce TY, Kusnoor SV, Stead WW, Adler NE. National Academy of Medicine Social and Behavioral Measures: Associations With Self-Reported Health. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Oct; 53(4):449-456. PMID: 28341220.
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    34. Prather AA, Janicki-Deverts D, Adler NE, Hall M, Cohen S. Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to Upper Respiratory Illness: the Moderating Role of Subjective Socioeconomic Status. Ann Behav Med. 2017 Feb; 51(1):137-146. PMID: 27679462.
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    35. Swartz JR, Prather AA, Hariri AR. Threat-related amygdala activity is associated with peripheral CRP concentrations in men but not women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 04; 78:93-96. PMID: 28183031.
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    36. Felder JN, Laraia B, Coleman-Phox K, Bush N, Suresh M, Thomas M, Adler N, Epel E, Prather AA. Poor Sleep Quality, Psychological Distress, and the Buffering Effect of Mindfulness Training During Pregnancy. Behav Sleep Med. 2018 Nov-Dec; 16(6):611-624. PMID: 28060531.
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    37. Krystal AD, Prather AA. Should Internet Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Be the Primary Treatment Option for Insomnia?: Toward Getting More SHUTi. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 01 01; 74(1):15-16. PMID: 27902827.
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    38. Adler E, Dhruva A, Moran PJ, Daubenmier J, Acree M, Epel ES, Bacchetti P, Prather AA, Mason A, Hecht FM. Impact of a Mindfulness-Based Weight-Loss Intervention on Sleep Quality Among Adults with Obesity: Data from the SHINE Randomized Controlled Trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Mar; 23(3):188-195. PMID: 28029852.
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    39. Prather AA, Leung CW, Adler NE, Ritchie L, Laraia B, Epel ES. Short and sweet: Associations between self-reported sleep duration and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among adults in the United States. Sleep Health. 2016 12; 2(4):272-276. PMID: 28393097.
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    40. Puterman E, Gemmill A, Karasek D, Weir D, Adler NE, Prather AA, Epel ES. Lifespan adversity and later adulthood telomere length in the nationally representative US Health and Retirement Study. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 10 18; 113(42):E6335-E6342. PMID: 27698131.
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    41. Giuse NB, Koonce TY, Kusnoor SV, Prather AA, Gottlieb LM, Huang LC, Phillips SE, Shyr Y, Adler NE, Stead WW. Institute of Medicine Measures of Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health: A Feasibility Study. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Feb; 52(2):199-206. PMID: 27659121.
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    42. Swartz JR, Prather AA, Di Iorio CR, Bogdan R, Hariri AR. A Functional Interleukin-18 Haplotype Predicts Depression and Anxiety through Increased Threat-Related Amygdala Reactivity in Women but Not Men. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2017 01; 42(2):419-426. PMID: 27430614.
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    43. Prather AA, Leung CW. Association of Insufficient Sleep With Respiratory Infection Among Adults in the United States. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 06 01; 176(6):850-2. PMID: 27064773.
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    44. Baranger DA, Ifrah C, Prather AA, Carey CE, Corral-Frías NS, Drabant Conley E, Hariri AR, Bogdan R. PER1 rs3027172 Genotype Interacts with Early Life Stress to Predict Problematic Alcohol Use, but Not Reward-Related Ventral Striatum Activity. Front Psychol. 2016; 7:464. PMID: 27065929.
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    45. Prather AA, Hecht FM, Epel ES. Factors related to telomere length. Brain Behav Immun. 2016 Mar; 53:279. PMID: 26851133.
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    46. Prather AA, Janicki-Deverts D, Hall MH, Cohen S. Behaviorally Assessed Sleep and Susceptibility to the Common Cold. Sleep. 2015 Sep 01; 38(9):1353-9. PMID: 26118561.
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    47. Puterman E, Prather AA, Epel ES, Loharuka S, Adler NE, Laraia B, Tomiyama AJ. Exercise mitigates cumulative associations between stress and BMI in girls age 10 to 19. Health Psychol. 2016 Feb; 35(2):191-4. PMID: 26301595.
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    48. Adler NE, Prather AA. Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Person, Place, and Precision Prevention. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Aug; 175(8):1321-2. PMID: 26120971.
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    49. Prather AA, Epel ES, Arenander J, Broestl L, Garay BI, Wang D, Dubal DB. Longevity factor klotho and chronic psychological stress. Transl Psychiatry. 2015 Jun 16; 5:e585. PMID: 26080320.
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    50. Prather AA, Gurfein B, Moran P, Daubenmier J, Acree M, Bacchetti P, Sinclair E, Lin J, Blackburn E, Hecht FM, Epel ES. Tired telomeres: Poor global sleep quality, perceived stress, and telomere length in immune cell subsets in obese men and women. Brain Behav Immun. 2015 Jul; 47:155-62. PMID: 25535858.
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    51. Puterman E, Epel ES, O'Donovan A, Prather AA, Aschbacher K, Dhabhar FS. Anger is associated with increased IL-6 stress reactivity in women, but only among those low in social support. Int J Behav Med. 2014 Dec; 21(6):936-45. PMID: 24357433.
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    52. Prather AA, Vogelzangs N, Penninx BW. Sleep duration, insomnia, and markers of systemic inflammation: results from the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA). J Psychiatr Res. 2015 Jan; 60:95-102. PMID: 25307717.
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    53. Prather AA, Puterman E, Epel ES, Dhabhar FS. Poor sleep quality potentiates stress-induced cytokine reactivity in postmenopausal women with high visceral abdominal adiposity. Brain Behav Immun. 2014 Jan; 35:155-62. PMID: 24060585.
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    54. Prather AA, Epel ES, Cohen BE, Neylan TC, Whooley MA. Gender differences in the prospective associations of self-reported sleep quality with biomarkers of systemic inflammation and coagulation: findings from the Heart and Soul Study. J Psychiatr Res. 2013 Sep; 47(9):1228-35. PMID: 23746737.
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    55. Prather AA, Bogdan R, Hariri AR. Impact of sleep quality on amygdala reactivity, negative affect, and perceived stress. Psychosom Med. 2013 May; 75(4):350-8. PMID: 23592753.
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    56. Prather AA, Hall M, Fury JM, Ross DC, Muldoon MF, Cohen S, Marsland AL. Sleep and antibody response to hepatitis B vaccination. Sleep. 2012 Aug 01; 35(8):1063-9. PMID: 22851802.
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    57. Aschbacher K, Epel E, Wolkowitz OM, Prather AA, Puterman E, Dhabhar FS. Maintenance of a positive outlook during acute stress protects against pro-inflammatory reactivity and future depressive symptoms. Brain Behav Immun. 2012 Feb; 26(2):346-52. PMID: 22119400.
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    58. Prather AA, Puterman E, Lin J, O'Donovan A, Krauss J, Tomiyama AJ, Epel ES, Blackburn EH. Shorter leukocyte telomere length in midlife women with poor sleep quality. J Aging Res. 2011; 2011:721390. PMID: 22046530.
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    59. Prather AA, Blumenthal JA, Hinderliter AL, Sherwood A. Ethnic differences in the effects of the DASH diet on nocturnal blood pressure dipping in individuals with high blood pressure. Am J Hypertens. 2011 Dec; 24(12):1338-44. PMID: 21866183.
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    60. Carroll JE, Low CA, Prather AA, Cohen S, Fury JM, Ross DC, Marsland AL. Negative affective responses to a speech task predict changes in interleukin (IL)-6. Brain Behav Immun. 2011 Feb; 25(2):232-8. PMID: 20888901.
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    61. Okun ML, Luther J, Prather AA, Perel JM, Wisniewski S, Wisner KL. Changes in sleep quality, but not hormones predict time to postpartum depression recurrence. J Affect Disord. 2011 May; 130(3):378-84. PMID: 20708275.
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    62. Prather AA, Rabinovitz M, Pollock BG, Lotrich FE. Cytokine-induced depression during IFN-alpha treatment: the role of IL-6 and sleep quality. Brain Behav Immun. 2009 Nov; 23(8):1109-16. PMID: 19615438.
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    63. Prather AA, Marsland AL, Hall M, Neumann SA, Muldoon MF, Manuck SB. Normative variation in self-reported sleep quality and sleep debt is associated with stimulated pro-inflammatory cytokine production. Biol Psychol. 2009 Sep; 82(1):12-7. PMID: 19427354.
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    64. Prather AA, Carroll JE, Fury JM, McDade KK, Ross D, Marsland AL. Gender differences in stimulated cytokine production following acute psychological stress. Brain Behav Immun. 2009 Jul; 23(5):622-8. PMID: 19070658.
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    65. Marsland AL, Prather AA, Petersen KL, Cohen S, Manuck SB. Antagonistic characteristics are positively associated with inflammatory markers independently of trait negative emotionality. Brain Behav Immun. 2008 Jul; 22(5):753-61. PMID: 18226879.
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    66. Marsland AL, Gianaros PJ, Prather AA, Jennings JR, Neumann SA, Manuck SB. Stimulated production of proinflammatory cytokines covaries inversely with heart rate variability. Psychosom Med. 2007 Nov; 69(8):709-16. PMID: 17942840.
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    67. Prather AA, Marsland AL, Muldoon MF, Manuck SB. Positive affective style covaries with stimulated IL-6 and IL-10 production in a middle-aged community sample. Brain Behav Immun. 2007 Nov; 21(8):1033-7. PMID: 17548183.
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