As the recipient of a VA Rehabilitation R&D Career Development Award-2, I spend 75% effort advancing my research program and 25% effort providing clinical services to Veterans and CHAMPVA enrollees in the San Francisco VA Healthcare System. My research program is focused on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of behavioral sleep care for Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I hope to improve the quality of life and functioning of these Veterans through evidence-based, patient-centered care. I am currently Principal Investigator of a randomized controlled trial evaluating Apnea and Insomnia Relief (AIR) vs. Sleep Education (SE) for Veterans with sleep apnea, insomnia, and PTSD. I am actively expanding my research program into additional, complementary areas of work, most notably health disparities in the detection and treatment of sleep disorders.
During my clinical time, I provide evaluation and intervention for sleep disorders as part of the SFVAHCS Sleep Clinic. I also participate in the SFVAHCS Sleep Apnea Multidisciplinary Clinic, providing consultation and clinical evaluation alongside providers in other medical specialties. As faculty for the UCSF Sleep Medicine Fellowship, I provide training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia for physician sleep medicine fellows. I also supervise psychology externs, interns, and postdoctoral residents in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and am lead for the Health Psychology track of the SFVAHCS Predoctoral Psychology Internship Program.