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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 will be 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.


Here is the 2019-2020 schedule so far!

August 29, 2019: Michael Grandner: "What is Sleep? Overview of Normal Sleep Physiology and Behavior"

September 5, 2019: Michael Grandner: "Classification of Sleep Disorders"

September 19, 2019: Denise Rodriguez-Esquivel: "Sleep and Diet"

September 26, 2019: Andrew Tubbs: "Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders"

October 3, 2019: Jyotsna Sahni: "Sleepy Days, Sleepless Nights: Obstructive Sleep Apnea"

October 10, 2019: Michael Grandner: "Adherence to Positive Airway Pressure Treatment for Sleep Apnea: Behavioral Implications"

October 17, 2019: Michael Grandner: "Theories of Primary Insomnia and Differential Diagnosis of Insomnia"

October 24, 2019: Erin Hanks-Moehr: "Effective Supervision in Behavioral Sleep Medicine"

October 31, 2019: Fabian Fernandez: "Narcolepsy"

November 7, 2019: Michael Grandner: "Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia"

November 14, 2019: Fabian Fernandez: : "Sleep and Aging"

November 21, 2019: Terrence Hill: "Guns, Fear, and Sleep"

December 5, 2019: Tommy Begay: "The Impact of American Indian Historical Trauma on Culture, Behavior, and Health"

December 12, 2019: Jennifer Teske: "Using Pre-clinical Rodent Sleep Studies to Improve Human Health: Can We Focus on Women?"

December 19, 2019: Patricia Haynes: "Job Loss and Social Rhythm Disruption"

January 9, 2020: Daniel Combs: "Pediatric Sleep and Sleep Disorders"

January 16, 2020: Stephen Cowen: "The Effects of Aging and Parkinson's Disease on Neural Activity, Sleep, and Memory"

January 21, 2020: Julio Fernandez-Mendoza:"Sleep Will Tear Us Apart ... What Can We Tell Our Patients About Sleep and Mortality?"

January 23, 2020: Salma Patel: "Patients Who Go 'Bump' and 'Thud' In The Night"

January 30, 2020: Denise Rodriguez-Esquivel: "Modifying CBTI: Working with Diverse Populations"

January 31, 2020: Lynne Lamberg: "Tell Your Story: Communicating Sleep and Circadian Science to the Public"

February 6, 2020: Denise Rodriguez-Esquivel: "Beyond CBTI: Behavioral Treatments for SLeep Disorders"

February 13, 2020: Graciela Silva-Torres: "Anthropometric Measures for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening"

February 27, 2020: Alicia Nunez: "How is Smoking Affecting Sleep?"

March 2, 2020: Freda Patterson: "Sleep, Cardiovascular Risk Factors, and Cardiovascular Health"

March 12, 2020: Fabian Fernandez: "Chronobiology and Circadian Rhythms"

March 19, 2020: Salma Patel: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome"

March 26, 2020: W. Suhaib Khader: TBD

April 2, 2020: Salma Patel: TBD

April 9, 2020: Brooke Jordan Mason: TBD


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, Administrator

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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