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MGMichael A. Grandner PhD

Instructor, Division of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Department of Psychiatry; Member, Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology

Dr. Grandner is the Principal Investigator for the SHADES study. He is a Clinical Psychologist and researcher in the Department of Psychiatry, studying how sleep-related behaviors have an impact on health. He is a member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recognized expert in the area of sleep and health, and his research has been profiled in hundreds of national and international news outlets, including NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News, CNN, USA Today, and others, as well as news outlets around the world. He has received a number of awards for his work, and has many publications in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Sleep Research Society, and the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He is also the curent President of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society. As the leader of the SHADES team, he is responsible for all aspects of designing and carrying out the study, with the assistance of Rebecca, the Study Coordinator, and the other team members listed below.

RLRebecca Lang MSEd

Study Coordinator

Rebecca Lang serves as the Research Coordinator for the SHADES Study. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Temple University, and a Masters of Education degree in Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. Rebecca came to Penn in 2003 where she worked for 2 years as a Research Technician in the Department of Psychiatry on clinical trials for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. She has been with the Center for Sleep since 2006, working on various research such as clinical trials for the treatment of restless legs syndrome, genetic analysis of sleep apnea, bariatric surgery and associated risk factors for sleep apnea, short sleep and neurobehavioral, metabolic and biopsychosocial characteristics, as well as the current research in cardiometabolic health and relationships to sleep. She oversees all scheduling, subject related visits, data entry, as well as all regulatory compliance and correspondence. Rebecca serves as the primary contact person for the study. When not working in sleep research, Rebecca enjoys a devoted yoga practice, cycling, crafting, music, and volunteering with the local animal shelter.

Faculty Collaborators:

KSMarna S. Barrett PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Barrett's research interests are in the area of therapist characteristics, attrition, and psychotherapy outcome. In addition to her research efforts, Dr. Barrett supervises psychiatry residents in psychotherapy, assists in teaching the residency ethics curriculum, and maintains a clinical practice where she specializes in the treatment of depression and Bipolar disorder. For this project, she is assisting in public outreach, managing student volunteers, and assessing psychological and behavioral factors associated with sleep.

KSCharles Branas PhD

Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Branas works to improve health and healthcare and is recognized for his efforts to reduce violence and enhance emergency care. Much of his work incorporates human geography and spatial interactions. His studies have taken him to various places including the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and other cities, rural counties across the US and cities and small towns in Guatemala and other countries. Dr. Branas has been on various boards and scientific review panels at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Canadian National Research Council, the South African Medical Research Council, and is a Past President of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research.

KSLauren Hale PhD

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, Graduate Program in Public Health, Stony Brook University Medical Center

Dr. Hale works to describe the social determinants of sleep, investigate the intervening social and physiological mechanisms, and understand the potential consequences of poor sleep for public health and health disparities.  She has extensive experience working with large population-based studies looking at sleep, demographic and psychosocial characteristics, and a range of health-related outcomes.  Her role on the project will be to bring my experience in social factors and demography research – particularly as it relates to sleep and health – to bear in the design, initial setup and execution of the study. Moreso, this experience will be important for interpretation of data that arises from the study. In particular, she will consult regarding the effects of neighborhood-level variables on sleep duration.

Tara D. Jackson PhD

Executive Director, Cartographic Modeling Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania

As Executive Director of the Cartographic Modeling laboratory, Dr. Jackson is the main contact person for the CML, oversees the financial management of the CML by business administrators, and oversees a Managing Director as well as any Postdoctoral Fellows and Academic Affiliates (other Penn faculty not on the Faculty Board or faculty visiting from other institutions). Her expertise will be invaluable for the portion of teh SHADES study that involves geospatial mapping -- she will be the one to generate the maps, manage the data, and acquire the local and regional datasets that we will be using along with our survey data.

Research Assistants:

QMRaza Mian MD

Dr. Raza Mian is a graduate of Khyber Medical University, Pakistan. As a medical student he was involved in research projects aimed at improving health conditions in camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). To pursue further medical training, he came to the US. After completing his licensing exams, Raza joined our team to build on his previous research experience. His field of interest is Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. In his spare time, Raza enjoys playing soccer and baseball, and is an avid kitchen gardener. Raza plans on joining a residency training program in the near future, while continuing to further his interests in Clinical and Translational Research.

QMSiya Bhatt

Siya is from Princeton, NJ, and is currently a junior at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, majoring in Biology and minoring in Medical Anthropology. Siya has previously worked with the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Treatment & Research Program helping to coordinate the National Network of Depression Centers registry and assisting in various research studies, primarily involving clinical depression. Siya is extremely interested in the link between abnormal sleep and increased health risks, and assists in the screening and intake of patients for the CHARTS and SHADES studies. Outside of sleep research, Siya enjoys teaching music, traveling, and exploring new cuisines. After graduating, Siya plans to attend medical school, while further pursuing her interests in clinical research.

QMJilesh Chheda

Jilesh is from Livingston, NJ and is a junior at Drexel University, majoring in biology.  He is interested in learning how different sleep patterns can have both long-term and short-term effects on human health.  In his free time, Jilesh enjoys cooking, reading, and playing basketball. After completing his undergraduate studies, he plans to attend medical school and finally open up his own practice.

QMQuerino Maia

Querino is from Watertown, CT, and is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior and minoring in Music. He is interested in learning more about   the neurological mechanisms of sleep as well as the effects that sleep disorder treatments have on these systems. Upon graduation, he plans to take some time off to work and hopefully travel, but would ultimately like to pursue a career in medicine, whether through practice or research.

KSKaty Siu

Katy graduated with dual degrees from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania. Since graduation, she worked in the financial services industry and subsequently became a credentialed actuary performing statistical analyses for insurance clients. Katy currently studies psychology and biological basis of behavior in Penn's post-baccalaureate program. Her interests include developmental psychology and psychiatric disorders. Katy is also a performing artist who serenades event guests with renditions of jazz standards on vocals and piano.


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