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The Behavioral Sleep Medicine Seminar is a weekly lecture series hosted by the Department of Psychiatry. Lectures take place on Thursdays at 9:00 AM and are usually located in the Behavioral Health Pavilion at the University of Arizona South campus. Starting Thursday 3/19/2020, all seminars are online.

The seminar is free to attend, and each lecture is eligible for 1 CME credit. CME is provided by The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson.

Join the List

To join the list, please complete this form.

Your email will then be added to the distribution list and you will get emails with announcements, as well as links to upcoming seminars.

For more information, or to join the mailing list, contact Manuel Acuña by phone [(520) 626-1737] or email []. If you are included on the mailing list, you will be notified of all upcoming lectures and seminars.

To obtain your CME credits, you will need to use the CAMS system. Read more about this system.


We are excited to announce that for the 2020-2021 series, during the months of July, August, and September, we will be presenting a historic seminar series, entitled, "Essential Topics in Behavioral Sleep Medicine." (The regular seminar series will pick back up in October.)

For this special series, we will be featuring 36 speakers, addressing some of the key topics in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. As always, attendance and continuing education credits are FREE. There is NO corporate sponsorship. After this series is over, all recordings will be made freely available for trainees. We have other ideas about how to best use these recordings to support trainees and will announce those as they come online.

Please see below for the planned schedule. Note that details are still temporary and may change.


Thursday, July 2, 2020: Kenneth Lichstein, University of Alabama: Behavioral Sleep Medicine: Past, Present, and Future

Monday, July 6, 2020: Michael Grandner, University of Arizona: Basics of Sleep Physiology and Behavior

Tuesday, July 7, 2020: Colin Espie, University of Oxford: The Future of Insomnia Treatment: Stepped Care Models and Online Therapy

Thursday, July 9, 2020: Daniel Taylor, University of Arizona: Basics of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Tuesday, July 14, 2020: Sara Nowakowski, Baylor College of Medicine: Sleep in Menopause: It's a Hot Mess!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Daniel Buysse, University of Pittsburgh: Brief Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (BBTI): Whence, What, and Whither

Friday, July 17, 2020: Dieter Riemann, University of Freiburg: Sleep, Insomnia, and Depression

Monday, July 20, 2020: Andrew Krystal, University of California San Francisco: Overview of Insomnia Pharmacotherapy

Tuesday, July 21, 2020: Jason Ellis, Northumbria University: Understanding and Managing Acute Insomnia

Thursday, July 23, 2020: Celyne Bastien, Universite Laval: Insomnia: To Dream, and Perchance to Sleep

Monday, July 27, 2020: Rubin Naiman, University of Arizona: The Art and Science of Dreaming

Thursday, July 30, 2020: Michael Perlis, University of Pennsylvania: Models of the Etiology and Pathophysiology of Insomnia

Friday, July 31, 2020: Jason Ong, Northwestern University: Mindfulness for Insomnia

Wednesday, August 5, 2020: Jennifer Martin, University of California Los Angeles: Sleep and Insomnia in Older Adults

Thursday, August 6, 2020: Sonia Ancoli-Israel, University of California San Diego: Fatigue, Sleep, and Circadian Rhythms in Cancer

Wednesday, August 12, 2020: Natasha Williams, New York University: Treating Sleep Disorders in Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Thursday, August 13, 2020: Lynelle Schneeberg, Yale University: Improving Pediatric Sleep from Infancy to Adolescence

Tuesday, August 18, 2020: Philip Gehrman, University of Pennsylvania: Circadian Rhythm Basics

Thursday, August 20, 2020: Dayna Johnson, Emory University: Sleep Health Disparities: Implications for Addressing Health Disparities

Friday, August 21, 2020: Allison Harvey, University of California Berkeley: A transdiagnostic approach to treating sleep and circadian problems

Tuesday, August 25, 2020: Wendy Troxel, RAND Corporation: You Don’t Snooze, You Lose: Adolescent Sleep and School Start Times

Thursday, August 27, 2020: Colleen Carney, Ryerson University: Treating Insomnia in Those with Depression

Tuesday, September 1, 2020: Sean Drummond, Monash University: Sleep in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Wednesday, September 2, 2020: Judith Owens, Harvard University: Sleep Disorders in Pediatric Populations

Thursday, September 3, 2020: Emerson Wickwire, University of Maryland: Value-Based Sleep: Cost-Effectiveness of Treating Sleep Disorders

Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Christian Benedict, Uppsala University: Sleep and Obesity: Effects of sleep loss on central and peripheral pathways involved in human body weight regulation

Thursday, September 10, 2020: Michael Nadorff, Mississippi State University, Nightmares: Causes, Correlates and Treatments

Friday, September 11, 2020: Suzanne Bertisch, Harvard University: Pharmacology for the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinician

Thursday, September 17, 2020: Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, Penn State University: Diagnostic Assessment and Therapeutic Approaches for Hypersomnia Disorders

Friday, September 18, 2020: Kelly Glazer Baron, University of Utah: Using New Technologies in Behavioral Sleep Medicine Treatment

Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Todd Arnedt, University of Michigan: Sleep in Substance Use Disorders: Best Practices for Behavioral Sleep Medicine Practitioners

Thursday, September 24, 2020: Charles Morin, Universite Laval: Combined Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Medication for the Treatment of Chronic Insomnia Disorder

Friday, September 25, 2020: Azizi Seixas, New York University: Precision and Personalized Population Health: From Discovery to Adherence

Wednesday, September 30, 2020: Christina McCrae, University of Missouri: Diagnostic Monitoring Tools in Sleep Medicine

Other speakers who have not yet finalized their presentation date:

Jack Edinger, National Jewish Medical Center

Michael Smith, Johns Hopkins University


View schedules from previous years:


Download the 2019-2020 schedule here.


Download the 2018-2019 schedule here.


Planning Committee

This activity is overseen by a committe, including:


Dr. Michael Grandner

Associate Professor of Psychiatry


Dr. Denise Rodriguez-Esquivel

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Dr. Daniel Taylor

Professor of Psychology


Dr. Salma Patel

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Dr. Michelle Perfect

Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Manuel Acuña


Resources for Presenters

All presenters must complete the following forms:

There are no templates for presentations (use whatever format you would like). Please attach the following slides at the start of your presentation, which include: (1) Seminar series conflict of interest slide, (2) Accreditation statement, (3) Attendance code, (4) Post-seminar evaluation, (5) Presenter conflict of interest slide, and (6) Seminar mailing list slide.

Learning Objectives

The specific learning objectives are:

  • Gain knowledge of identification and diagnosis of sleep disturbances and disorders.
  • Gain knowledge of etiology and pathophysiology of sleep disturbances and disorders.
  • Gain knowledge of guideline-based care for sleep disorders.
  • Gain knowledge of how to apply basic principles in special populations.
  • Gain Knowledge of the rationale underlying common evidence-based treatments for sleep problems.
  • Gain Knowledge of the evidence base underlying behavioral sleep medicine strategies.
  • Gain Knowledge of the evidence base underlying other sleep disorders treatment modalities.

The specific outcome objectives are:

  • Identify and diagnose sleep disturbances and disorders by applying knowledge of etiology, physiology and behaviors underlying sleep and sleep disorders.
  • Communicate to patients how sleep problems relate to other domains of health and functioning.
  • Apply behavioral principles for treating sleep disorders.
  • Incorporate guideline-based treatments for sleep disorders.
  • Apply evidence-based strategies for treating sleep problems using nonpharmacologic methods.
  • Manage the treatment of sleep disorders using evidence-based strategies.

All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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