Current Grants

Dates: September 2018 – August 2020
Role: PI
Total: $186,237
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.
Dates: July 2016 – July 2020
Role: PI
Total: $2,985,677
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.
Dates: November 2014 – August 2018
Role: PI
Total: $2,793,338
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.
Dates: July, 2012 – June, 2017
Role: PI
Total: $2,736,791
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.
Dates: September, 2013 – September, 2016
Role: Co-PI (with Dr. Emily Ozer)
Total: $705,063
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.