Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Awards
Each year the SBSM is honored to acknowledge individuals, who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Peter Hauri Career Distinguished Achievement Award
Awarded to Candice Alfano, PhD
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 Candice Alfano, PhD was honored with this award.
Candice Alfano, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston (SACH)at the University of Houston, and a licensed clinical psychologist. She has been conducting sleep-focused research and providing evidence-based treatment for behavioral sleep disorders for more than a decade.
In her current role as Director of SACH, Dr. Alfano provides hands-on training to post- doctoral fellows, doctoral students, and undergraduates in sleep medicine through both the provision of evidence-based clinical services and participation in large research projects.
Dr. Alfano has published over 60 empirical papers, articles, books chapters, and books to date, many of which provide important scientific contribution to the field of sleep medicine. Recent work has focused on sleep and emotional outcomes more broadly, including a recent comprehensive review paper that utilized an organizing, theoretical framework for better understanding the impact of sleep disruption on various aspects of emotional experience (Palmer & Alfano, 2016).
Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award
Awarded to Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, PhD
The 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 the award was presented to Julio Fernandez-Mendoza PhD.
Dr. Julio Fernandez-Mendoza pursued his postdoctoral fellowship at the Sleep Research & Treatment Center (SRTC) at Penn State and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychologist in the Division of Sleep Medicine.
He has been involved in groundbreaking research projects investigating the impact of disturbed sleep on the development of adverse health outcomes. Many of his studies have involved the Penn State Adult Cohort and the Penn State Child Cohort (PSCC), two of the most detailed population- based, random samples in the sleep field.
Dr. Fernandez-Mendoza currently serves as Principal Investigator in a study funded by the American Heart Association that bridges three areas traditionally kept in disconnect: sleep, cardiovascular, and cognitive health and is a key investigator in an ongoing pilot clinical trial comparing the efficacy of cognitive behavioral treatment of insomnia (CBT-I) vs. a sedative anti-depressant (trazodone) and its effects on cardiometabolic outcomes.
Student Dissertation and Thesis Award
Awarded to Wai Sze Chan, PhD
The Student Dissertation and Thesis Award is awarded to a student member who has provided evidence of outstanding work on his or her thesis or dissertation project by summarizing the theoretical background supporting the project, the methodological rigor, and the significance of the findings to the field of BSM.
Dr Wai Szw (Trista) Chan is a postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Health Psychology in the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri.
As a graduate student at Indiana University, Dr Trista Chan’s programmatic interest focuses on eating problems in relation to sleep deficits and self-regulation deficits. She systematically addressed questions about eating problems in relation to sleep deficits and individual differences in reward sensitivity. Both chronic sleep deficits and overeating are at epidemic levels in American society.
Dr Chan is pursuing this topic in her postdoctoral fellowship, which further increases the likelihood that she will have an outstanding career as a clinical scientist, with major contributions especially in the areas of sleep and eating.