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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.

EssentialsThe Essential Topics in Behavioral Sleep Medicine series is now online and all recordings are FREE to access! Click for more info.

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.

Online Access

Many previous lectures are available online. Check out our online programs!

2020-2021 Schedule


October 8, 2020

Michael Grandner, University of Arizona

What is Behavioral Sleep Medicine? An Overview of the Field

October 15, 2020

Julie Flygare, Project Sleep

When Dreams Leave the Night


October 22, 2020

Ashley Ingiosi, Washington State University

Twinkle, twinkle little star: defining a role for astrocytes in sleep and sleep regulation


October 29, 2020

Judes Scharman Draughon, Foods with Judes

Diet & Sleep: The Relationship Between Nutrition and Sleep Quality

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November 5, 2020

Denise Rodriguez Esquivel, University of Arizona

Modifying CBTI: Working with Diverse Populations


November 12, 2020

Fabian-Xose Fernandez, University of Arizona

Introduction to Circadian Rhythms


November 19, 2020

Tommy Begay, University of Arizona

The Impact of American Indian Historical Trauma on Culture, Behavior and Health


December 3, 2020

Michael Grandner, University of Arizona

Sleep and Athletes


December 10, 2020

Sairam Parthasarathy, University of Arizona

Treatment Adherence in Patients with Sleep Apnea


December 17, 2020

Michelle Perfect, University of Arizona

Sleepy Schools: Addressing Sleep at Home for School and at School for Home

  No Seminar December 24 or 31

January 7, 2021

Jennifer Goldschmied, University of Pennsylvania

Understanding depression through the lens of sleep research


January 14, 2021

Allan Pack & Greg Maislin, University of Pennsylvania

Randomized Clinical Trials of Cardiovascular Disease in Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Understanding and Overcoming Bias


January 21, 2021

Nancy Stewart, University of Kansas

Sleep in the Hospital Setting


January 28, 2021

Andrew Tubbs, University of Arizona

Behavioral Approaches to Disrupted Sleep in Psychotic Disorders


February 4, 2021

Jamie Zeitzer, Stanford University

Neurobiology-Guided Treatments of Circadian-Based Sleep Disorders


February 11, 2021

Adam Amdur, Joelle Dobrow, & San Juanita Sanchez, American Sleep Apnea Association

What Sleep Apnea Patients Which Providers Knew


February 18, 2021

Justin Havens, Cheltenham, UK

Advances in the Psychological Treatment of Nightmares: A UK Perspective


February 25, 2021

Salma Patel, University of Arizona

Basics of Sleep-Disordered Breathing


March 4, 2021

Adam Knowlden, University of Alabama

Models and Theories of Behavior Change Relevant to Sleep Health


March 11, 2021

Ruth Taylor Pilliae, University of Arizona

Mind-Body Intervention Approaches to Improve Physical, Mental, and Sleep Health


March 18, 2021

Brooke Mason , University of Arizona

Evaluating Blue-Blockers for Light Optimization and Wearability


March 25, 2021

Matthew Lujan, University of Arizona

Wearable Technology Using Movement and Heart Rate for Sleep-Wake Measurement: Basic Principles, Validity, and Future Directions



April 1, 2021

University of Arizona Stress & Sleep Research Group
Patricia Haynes, Cody Welty, Leah Callovini, and Iva Skobic

Examining Sleep in Public Health


April 8, 2021

Garret Kenyon, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Artificial brains may need sleep too: States that resemble sleep-like cycles in simulated neural networks quell the instability that comes with uninterrupted self-learning in artificial analogs of brains


April 15, 2021

Salma Patel, University of Arizona

Dogs, Humans and Sleep


April 22, 2021

Caroline Doyle, University of Arizona

Unraveling the Relationship Between Sleep and Blood Pressure


April 29, 2021

Orfeu Buxton, Michael Grandner, Dilara Yuksel, Mary Jo Coiro, and Fiona Baker

Sleep Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Special webinar in collaboration with the National Sleep Foundation)


May 6, 2021

Daniel Taylor, University of Arizona

The Future of CBTI: Where Do We Go From Here?


May 13, 2021

Allison Brager, US Army

In Search of "Super Soldier" Sleep/Wake Traits


May 20, 2021

Sara Aton, University of Michigan

How Sleep Loss Disrupts Hippocampal Memory Mechanisms


May 27, 2021

Michael Goldstein, Harvard University

Mindfulness meditation and sleep EEG: Implications for expanding the ‘hyperarousal’ framework of insomnia and improving health outcomes


June 3, 2021

Sadia Ghani, University of Arizona

SLEEP 2021

June 10, 2021



June 17, 2021

Jamie Edgin, University of Arizona


June 24, 2021

Michael Grandner, University of Arizona

Bioethics Implications of Behavioral Sleep Medicine


View schedules from previous cycles:


2020 Essential Topics Schedule



2019-2020 Schedule



2018-2019 Schedule



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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