Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Newsletter January 2019




NEWSLETTER VOLUME 26 january 2018


PRESIDENT'S BLOG:  january 2019

Dr Donna Arand, SBSM President, shares with the SBSM members current updates about SBSM bylaw revisions.  



featured member - donn posner, phd, dbsm

Donn Posner, Ph.D., DBSM is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is currently working as a clinical/research psychologist at the Palo Alto VA, and consulting on a number of grants exploring the effects of CBT-I in Gulf War Veterans and Veterans with insomnia and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.


FEATURED TRAINEE - Samuel Kohlenberg, LPC

Samuel is a Ph.D. student in Applied Psychophysiology, Clinical Specialization, at Saybrook University entering the dissertation phase of his degree work. Right now, his area of research involves the mitigation of dyspnea during a specific type of psychophysiological evaluation. He also works in private practice and at a group practice, both in Denver CO. 



Board of behavioral sleep medicine updates;  michael schmitz, phd, lp, dbsm, President

The Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BBSM) congratulates our BSM colleagues who have been awarded the Diplomate of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Their names have been posted on the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine website.  Dr. Michael Schmitz, BBSM President emphasized that "BBSM specialty certification is designed to demonstrate competency and qualifications in delivering quality behavioral sleep medicine care."  


The application period for the next exam scheduled for March 16-30, 2019 is open until January 2, 2019.  The CBSM Holder Application will also be open until July 31, 2020.  With this application, CBSM holders will be exempted from taking the current BSM examination provided they otherwise meet DBSM eligibility criteria.  For more information visit the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.


Call for abstracts, proposals, symposia,and poster submission: 1st Annual Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM) scientific Meeting

Join us for the 1st Annual SBSM Scientific Meeting to be held September 12-15, 2019 in Birmingham, AL, at the amazing Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Resort & Spa. 


This is a destination meeting for you and your family.  Click here for more information on the Ross Bridge Resort a destination for learning, networking and relaxing.



Theme:  Advancing the Science of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and its impact on population science



Science  Advisory committee  - natasha williams, Edd, mph, msw 

Fundign Opportunities from NIH:


1) R01 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed - RFA-HL-19-028
Sleep and Circadian-Dependent Mechanisms Contributing to Opiate Use
Disorder (OUD) and Response to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)




Please read the full text of the ROA for specific requirements.

Strongly encourage potential applicants to discuss application plans with the NCSDR staff contact Aaron Laposky ( well in advance of the application receipt date.


NIH HEAL funding programs have special expectations/requirements that must be addressed in order for the proposed application to be considered responsive.


More Info: NIH HEAL Initiative Updates (sleep listed as area of opportunity)


1) NIH Director re. HEAL Initiative


2) List of all HEAL funding opportunities including training


3) NIH HEAL Research Plan - includes SLEEP


Excerpt - Area of Opportunity #2


Understanding sleep dysfunction in OUD and recovery: Sleep problems are linked with opioid addiction, contribute to the severity of opioid withdrawal, and factor into the efficacy of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for OUD. NIH will employ an array of genomic, molecular, pharmacological, and clinical approaches appropriate to elucidate sleep and circadian factors relevant to addiction, and how these factors influence one another. This research will open new avenues to improve therapeutic strategies, OUD prevention, and treatment approaches.


NIH/NHLBI National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR)

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Questions about the listserv can be sent or contact the NCSDR by phone at (301) 435-0199.


Journal article review - michael nadorff, phd


One of my favorite saying to my students is that you can have the best treatment in the world, if people won’t do it, it isn’t worth anything. This is how I feel about PAP therapy: it can be life-changing (as I can attest to, as a PAP user), but for all too many it ends up collecting dust in a closet. This is not just a
waste of expensive equipment, it is far more important than that. Not only do those with untreated sleep apnea struggle through the day, they present a very real safety hazard to all of those around them when they drive, use heavy machinery, or are doing sensitive work such as surgery. Think about that for a second next time you have to go in for a procedure given the rates of sleep apnea as we age and poor treatment adherence.

Now that I have your attention, what if I told you there is a way we can increase CPAP adherence as simply as providing patience with a self-management program book? That is the focus of a recent article published by Dickerson and colleagues in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. In this small pilot study, those receiving the intervention demonstrated 64% adherence versus 58% adherence for the control group. At first glance, 6% may not seem like a lot, but when you extrapolate it over all of those with untreated sleep apnea, it could be thousands of people who get their life back, thousands fewer sleep deprived drivers, and a six percent better chance that your physician is not one of those with untreated sleep apnea. Suddenly that 6% seems much more important, doesn’t it?

I would like to thank Dickinson and colleagues for this important first step, as well as all of those in the SBSM community who do PAP adherence work. You are literally saving lives! For students who haven’t yet found their path, please consider studying PAP adherence. It is such a valuable treatment, it literally changed (and perhaps saved) my life, but so many are missing out on it. The intervention does not have to be much, in fact the simpler the better as more people
will use it, and even moving the needle a little may impact thousands.



Renew your sbsm membership for 2019


Time to renew your SBSM membership, which will enable our society to continue to promote Behavioral Sleep Medicine in our region.


Your membership is more important than ever now. The rapidly changing research and clinical arena requires we communicate the changes as they unfold.

Please ask a colleague to join in support of our mission through linking with our professional community.

Renew now: to easily complete your membership renewal your membership renewal at the link below: 


SBSM education calendar - save the dates

Plan to join us: 


     2019 Practice and Consultation Webinar

       Date:   January 16, 2019

       Time:  12:00 Noon Eastern time

       Topic:  Hypersomnia

       Presenter:  Spencer Dawson, PhD




     2019 Journal Club Webinar

       Date:   February 13, 2019

       Time:  12:00 pm Eastern time

       Topic:  A Behavioral-Educational Intervention to Promote Pediatric Sleep During Hospitalization:         A Pilot Randomnized Controlled Trial

       Presenter: Efronsini A. Papaconstantinou, PhD 

       Discussant: Valerie Crabtree, PhD




2019 SBSM 1st Annual Scientific Conference - Mark your Calendars!
September 12 - 15, 2019 - Birmingham, AL 




Click here to review the new job postings in the SBSM Classifieds!     

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