Current Grants

R01MH120147
NIMH
Role: PI

Implementing and Sustaining a Transdiagnostic Sleep and Circadian Treatment to Improve Severe Mental Illness Outcomes in Community Mental Health

An obstacle to the roll-out of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for severe mental illness (SMI) is that the context for the implementation typically differs from the original testing context causing a lack of “fit” between the setting and the EBT. This study will evaluate if adapting a specific treatment to improve the contextual fit improves outcomes in a setting that typifies this challenge—community mental health centers (CMHCs).  

R01MH1086
NIMH
Role: PI

Improving Outcome for Severe Mental Illness by Enhancing Memory for Treatment 
The novel treatment to be tested—the Memory Support Intervention—has potential to substantially improve treatment outcomes across a wide range of treatments and mental disorders on the basis of evidence that: (1) mental disorders are commonly characterized by memory impairment; (2) memory for the contents of treatment is poor; (3) more memory impairment is associated with worse outcome; (4) the impact of memory impairment can be minimized and (5) improved memory for treatment improves outcome.

R01MH120147
NIMH
Role: PI

Maintaining behavior change: A 6-year follow-up of adolescent 'night-owls' and an evaluation of a habit-based sleep health intervention

The goal is to study the maintenance of behavior change by conducting a 6-year follow-up of the unique cohort of youth and to evaluate if a Habit-based Sleep Health Intervention improves the utilization of sleep health behavior and improves sleep and circadian outcomes and health-relevant domain outcomes.

Completed Grants

R21HD097819
NIMH
Role: PI

Parent-Adolescent Interpersonal Processes in the Science of Behavior Change 
We are developing a Parent Behavior Change Intervention to improve adolescent sleep. Parent-teen conversations can be negative, coercive, and conflictual. Negative parent-teen conversation can have negative impact on brain development. Parents have profound impacts on teen risk and vulnerability. Yet, they receive minimal training in the elements of conversations that optimally inspire their children toward healthy behaviors. We are applying to a theoretically grounded and reliable taxonomy of behavior change techniques (BCTs) to scientifically derive the conversational elements, or micro-mechanisms, that reduce parent-teen coercion and conflict and facilitate upward spirals of healthy behavior change.

R01MH105513
NIMH
Role: PI

A transdiagnostic sleep and circadian treatment to improve community SMI outcomes
This study seeks to determine if an intervention to improve sleep can improve functioning and reduce symptoms and impairment. We will conduct this study in community mental health centers to ensure that the results contribute to closing the worrisome gap between research and practice and ensure that the findings are generalizable to the real world.

RO1HD071065
NICHD
Role: PI

 

 

 

Triple Vulnerability? Circadian Tendency, Sleep Deprivation and Adolescence
This research tests the hypothesis that eveningness, the tendency to go to sleep late and wake late, is an
important contributor to, and even cause of, vicious cycles that escalate vulnerability and risk among
youth in a RCT comparing an intervention for eveningness with a control intervention.

R34DA035349
NIDA
Role: Co-PI (with Dr. Emily Ozer)

Promoting Sleep to Prevent Substance Use in Adolescence
The goal of this research is to refine and pilot test a universal intervention to prevent and reduce substance use in youth by improving sleep.

T32MH089919
NIMH
T32, NIMH
Role: Co-PI (with Steve Hinshaw)

From Mechanisms to Treatment of Mental Illness: Translational Research Training

Principal Investigator: Allison Harvey
Co-Investigator: Tania Lombrozo

Learning from CBT: A critical step in behavior change and improved mental health?
Administrative Supplement to Improving depression outcomes by Enhancing Memory for Cognitive Therapy, R34 from NIMH.

R34MH094535
NIMH
Role: PI

Improving Depression Outcome by Enhancing Memory for Cognitive Therapy
This study will determine if substantial improvements to one of the most promising therapies, cognitive therapy (CT), can be achieved by administering a carefully designed procedure to improve memory for the content of CT sessions.

R34 MH080958
NIMH
Role: PI

CBT-I for Bipolar Disorder
This study seeks to determine if an intervention to improve sleep can improve treatment outcome for patients with bipolar disorder.

RO1MH079188
NIMH
Role: Co-PI and Subaward PI (Co-PI : Charles Morin, Université Laval)

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia: Component Analysis and Treatment Mechanisms
The goal of this research is to evaluate the short- and long-term effects of behavior therapy versus cognitive therapy for the treatment of daytime and nighttime impairment in chronic insomnia and to evaluate the effects on psychiatric conditions commonly comorbid with insomnia; namely, the anxiety disorders and unipolar depression.

R34MH082034
NIMH
Role: Co-I and Subaward PI (PI : Greg Clarke, Kaiser, Oregon)

Treatment of Teen Depression & Insomnia to Improve Depression Outcomes
The aim is to (a) develop a new intervention for youth with depression that is comorbid with insomnia and (b) conduct a small, randomized clinical trial to enable a rapid launch of a subsequent multi-site, fully powered RCT funded through a future, separate application.