Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Newsletter February 2019





NEWSLETTER VOLUME 27 february 2019


PRESIDENT'S BLOG:  february 2019

Dr Donna Arand, SBSM President, shares with the SBSM members current updates about the SBSM Awards to be recognized at the 2019 Awards Reception.  



featured member - chien-ming yang, phd, dbsm

Dr. Chien-Ming Yang is currently the chair and distinguished professor in the department of psychology of the National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taiwan, and runs the Sleep Laboratory in NCCU. Dr. Yang got his Ph.D. degree from the City University of New York with Arthur Spielman in 1999, and decided to move back to his home country, Taiwan, to establish the research and practice of BSM there. His research interests include basic mechanisms of sleep regulation, consciousness experiences associated with sleep perception, pathological mechanisms and treatment of insomnia, insomnia comorbid with medical and psychiatric disorders. The BSM training of the Ph.D. and the masters programs at NCCU has recently received the accreditation by the SBSM.


FEATURED TRAINEE - mattina davenport, ma

Mattina is a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Christina McCrae with a primary focus on insomnia and pain.



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 CBSM Holder Application will 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.


still time to submit an abstracts for a workshop, symposium, 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 

NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) intended to gather broad public input on a revised definition of behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). The definition, originally developed in 1996 and updated periodically since then, is available on the OBSSR website: The field has evolved significantly during the last two decades, and a more extensive update of the BSSR definition is needed to improve OBSSR's and NIH's ability to assess and monitor BSSR funding.  The  OBSSR invites input from behavioral and social science researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scoentific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public.  The RFI is available at


To ensure consideration, input must be submitted at by February 22, 2019.  IdeaScale will be used to allow users to view and comment on others' input.  Please direct all inquiries to: Farheen Akbar, MPH, OBSSR  


Journal article review - michael nadorff, phd

Lyons MM, Kraemer JF, Dhingra R, Keenan BT, Wessel N, Glos M, Penzel T, Gurubha
gavatula I. Screening for obstructive sleep apnea in commercial drivers using EKG-derived respiratory power index. J Clin Sleep Med. 2019;15(1):23–32. 
For years I have been interested in implementation science, where were look at what has been shown in the lab, implement it in the real world, and see how well it works.  Likewise, when I read research articles, I do not just look at what the authors focus on, but also how I would actually apply it in my practice, which occasionally differs from the author;s findings.
The Lyons and colleagues (2019) paper provides a good example of this for me.  If you are like me, you look at the title and ask yourself when are you ever going to use an EKG-Derived Respiratory Power Index (RPI) to screen for OSA?  I am essentially a one-person behavioral sleep medicine program in a psychology training clinic, and I don't think I can pull the EKG screening off.  So do we toss the paper to the side?  No, we look for what we can use!  Looking at the tables, another well-performing predictor was Multi-Variable Apnea Prediction (MVAP) which is an index made up of BMI,age, sex, and the patient response to three basic questions.  This I can do!   Does it perform as well as the two-step model with EKG screening, no, but it does alright:  AUC = 0.813, sensitivity = 87.5%, specificity = 63.6%.  Combine this simple overnight screening with my handy pulse oximeter that I occasionally send home with patients to look for oxygen desaturation (see Chen et al., 2011 or Suliman et al., 2016 for more on this method) and I have a pretty darn good OSA screening protocol given my clinic's limitations.  At least I think so, but if you have suggestions to improve it, please let me know!
My takeaways from the Lons and Colleagues (2018) paper are that their RPI is a good measure, and also that there are other feasible ways to do good OSA screening,  Read with an eye for what is feasible for your center.  If you are able to do the two-tier RPI screening, my hat is off to you.  It looks like a really good method.  However, if you are like me with a graduate student who is struggling to read actigraphy, let alone hook up an EKG, read for what is feasible for you.  It may not be the A- screening method, but a solid A to A- is not bad, and will still help you provide good referrals to your neighborhood sleep physician.

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 Journal Club Webinar

       Date:   February 13, 2019

       Time:  12:00 pm Eastern time

       Article:  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 Practice and Consultation Webinar

       Date:   March 23, 2019

       Time:  12:00 Noon Eastern time

       Topic:  Group CBT-I

       Presenter: Kristen  Daley, PhD




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




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