2019 Award Winners

2019 PETER HAURI CAREER DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD           

The Peter Hauri Career Distinguished Achievement Award is awarded to a member of SBSM who has made significant, sustained scientific contributions to behavioral sleep medicine or who has made significant, sustained clinical contributions to behavioral sleep medicine as exemplified by innovations in service delivery, dissemination, and public policy. This year Dr Daniel Buysse was honored as the recipient of the 2019 Peter Hauri Career Distinguished Achievement Award.

Daniel Buysse, MD is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Co-director of the UPMC Sleep Medicine Center.

In 2000, he served as AASM President, and during his tenure, he was responsible for establishing Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and integral in developing a BSM certification exam.  He identified the standards for accreditation of BSM training programs, and worked to create the Behavioral Sleep Medicine journal.

Dr Buysse has published extensive scholarly contributions:  books, chapters, articles, and in 2014 he was awarded the UPMC Endowed chair in Sleep Medicine.  He is first author of the publication defining the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index.  He has been a leader in developing diagnostic criteria for insomnia, novel treatment approaches (BBTI), sleep and depression, sleep and aging.

Dr Buysse promoted sleep health as a distinct discipline.

Congratulations to Dr Daniel Buysse for the award and for his contributions to the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and the Behavioral Sleep Medicine as a discipline.

 

2019 ARTHUR J. SPIELMAN EARLY CAREER DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD      

The Arthur J. Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award is awarded to a member who has made significant scientific or clinical contributions to behavioral sleep medicine as exemplified by innovations in service delivery, dissemination, and public policy.

This year Dr Sara Nowakowski was honored as the recipient of the 2019 Arthur J. Spielman Early Career Distinghished Achievement Award.

Dr Nowakowski is a Research Health Scientist with the Center for Innovation in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  She has been licensed in BSM since 2015 and received her Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine in 2019.

She has served for three years with the SBSM Board of Directors as a Director at Large and Chair and Board Liaison to the Membership Committee.

Dr Nowakowski serves on the SRS Scientific Review and Pipeline Development Committee, the Editorial Boards with the Journal of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Sleep Health.  She has published 26 peer-reviewed articles, 9 book chapters, 50+ abstracts. And for her work with the editorial boards, in 2018 she received the Editor’s Choice in SLEEP award. 

Her grant awards include:  K23 Career Development Award; Examine feasibility of CBTi for insomnia and hotflashs in midlife women.

She serves as a mentor to:  3 undergraduate, 2 master’s, 5 doctoral, and 3 medical students

In 2017 she directed her passion through advocating for the Houston Area Chapter for Start School Later times.

Congratulations to Dr Nowakowski for the award and her contributions to Behavioral Sleep Medicine and support of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.