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Undergraduate students at the University of Arizona are welcome to apply for a position in the lab. We offer a competitive, 1-year placement (which involves 2 semesters of independent study). Students from the Psychology and Neuroscience programs are welcome to apply, as well as students in other disciplines, with the approval of your advisor.

During this placement, you will assist with data collection and processing. You will also put together a major project over the course of the year. In the Fall semester, this will include choosing a topic, generating a brief literature review paper, and assisting in the preparation of a research abstract. This abstract will be submitted for a scientific conference and will be published, with you as first author.

In the Spring semester, you will generate a full research paper, using your literature review as the basis for the Introduction and your research abstract as the basis for the Methods and Results sections. The goal is to have a paper ready to submit for publication, with you as first author. In addition, you will put together a presentation (poster or talk, based on the status of your abstract) that you will present to the group. The goal will be for you to present this at a local and national/international scientific conference (with you as lead presenter).

At the end of this 1-year placement, you should have gotten quite a bit of research experience, as well as experience generating an original idea, testing it, and writing up the results. You should have a first-authored published abstract, a first-authored paper ready for submission, and a conference presentation under your belt. Other activities will include mentored journal article reviews and other opportunities to help build your CV for graduate school or medical school.

This is a much more intensive placement than most undergraduate research programs, but you should have, at the end of the year, a much better grasp on academic research.

Honors credit is available.




Several research opportunities exist for graduate students. Dr. Grandner has active affiliations with the following graduate student programs at the University of Arizona:

Graduate students in our lab will have access to a wide variety of experiences and training opportunities. These will vary by year and student. Each training plan is specifically geared to the individual student and their future career goals.

Are you interested in joining our program as a graduate student? APPLY FOR A POSITION


Clinical externships for University of Arizona Clinical Psychology graduate students are available in the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic.

This externship will develop graduate students’ experience in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. This involves the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders using non-pharmacologic techniques. This will include Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia, as well as other treatments for adult insomnia (such as Sleep Compression), treatments for circadian rhythm sleep disorders (including phototherapy and chronotherapy), treatment adherence in sleep apnea, and treatment approaches for other sleep disorders including narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorders, etc. Students will learn how to recognize, screen for, diagnose, and treat these sleep disorders without the use of medications. This will include administration and scoring of assessment instruments, clinical interviews, case conceptualization, consideration of other medical and psychiatric conditions, and report writing.

The extern is expected to commit 10 hours per week to this rotation, distributed approximately as follows:

  1. Approximately 6 hours each week in direct patient contact (clinical interview, assessment, follow-up sessions). This will include some sessions that ill be led by a supervising clinician where you will observe and participate, sessions led by you where a supervising clinician will observe and participate, and sessions led by you which will be recorded for supervision later.
  2. Approximately 2 hours each week interpreting results, writing notes and reports, and preparing materials
  3. Approximately 1 hour each week in supervision
  4. Approximately 1 hour each week attending the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Seminar

In addition, externs will complete a supervised reading list in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Contact Dr. Grandner directly for more information.


Postdoctoral research fellowship opportunities may be available. These are dependent on fluctuating funding in the lab.

Please contact us for more information. Or: APPLY FOR A POSITION


Opportunities for research training in Behavioral Sleep Medicine are available for medical students! We can sponsor several levels of medical student research projects, and medical students have gone on to develop and lead their own projects. Interested? APPLY FOR A POSITION


Psychiatry residents at the University of Arizona have several opportunities for rotating with our group.

We currently offer a 4th-year residency elective in CBTI. This includes a minimum of one half-day clinic per week, for a minimum of 10 weeks and up to 1 year of training that includes didactic sessions, readings, clinical observations, and taking on your own supervised cases.

The Behavioral Sleep Medicine residency elective is affiliated with the Psychiatry Residency program run through the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine. This residency elective will residents’ experience in Behavioral Sleep Medicine in general and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in specific. The resident is expected to commit 15 hours per week to this rotation, distributed approximately as follows:

(1)   Approximately 7-10 hours each week in direct patient contact (clinical interview, assessment, follow-up sessions),

(2)   Approximately 2-3 hours each week interpreting results, writing notes and reports, and preparing materials,

(3)   Approximately 1 hour each week in supervision,

(4)   Approximately 1 hour each week in a group didactic session, and

(5) Approximately 1-3 hour each week completing reading assignments and discussing them.

In addition, residents interested in sports psychiatry can take a 4th-year elective on this topic. This rotation is directed by Dr. John Misiaszek, in collaboration with Dr. Grandner.

Please contact us for more information.


An insomnia treatment program is integral to any ACGME Sleep fellowship. With this in mind, the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic is integrated into the Sleep Medicine fellowship directed by Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy in the Department of Medicine. For more information, contact that program.


There are several opportunities for training opportunities for those who are no longer trainees and wish to receive continuing professional education.

(1) The Behavioral Sleep Medicine Seminar is hosted weekly. Currently, the seminar is completely online and free to all attendees. Each session is awarded 1.0 CME credit by the University of Arizona. For more information, and to sign up, visit the seminar page.

(2) The Behavioral Sleep Medicine Observer Program is available for individuals looking to obtain first-hand experience in observing a Behavioral Sleep Medicine clinic in action. Observers are able to, as the name implies, sit in on select patient visits for a predetermined period of time. Given the sensitive nature of this program, openings are not always available. If you are interested, contact us.



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