Daniel J. Taylor, Ph.D., D,BSM, D,ABSM
Dr. Taylor is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. He is a licensed psychologist and is a Diplomate of both Sleep Medicine and Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He has significant expertise in both the epidemiology and treatment of comorbid sleep disorders, primarily insomnia, nightmares and circadian rhythm disorders. His past federally funded observational research has examined the interface of insomnia and sleep disturbance with inflammation, disease risk, and immune function (5R01HL109340, 1R15AI085558, 1R15AI085558). His past clinical trial research has focused on the efficacy and effectiveness of treating insomnia comorbid with other disorders (1R03AR053266, W81XWH-10-1-0828, and W81XWH-13-2-0065/1I01CU000144-01). Dr. Taylor is currently the PI of an NIH R01 investigating “Sleep and Vaccine Response in Nurses (SAV-RN)” a DoD grant "Web-based provider training for cognitive behavioral therapy of insomnia (CBTi)" and a PAC-12 grant "The PAC-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Mental Health Coordinating Unit (MHCU)".
Alisa Huskey, Ph.D.
Dr. Huskey is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona. She is originally from Stella, Missouri. Dr. Huskey earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Central Oklahoma, her Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology from University of Central Oklahoma, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her academic mentors have included Alicia Limke-McLean, Ph.D., Caleb Lack, Ph.D., Bruce Friedman, Ph.D., and now Daniel Taylor, Ph.D. Her research interests include furthering methodologically rigorous conceptualizations and measurement of "stress" and "resilience" with the goal of contributing to a transdiagnostic model for classifying stress-related conditions. Her goal is to further investigate the behavioral and physiological mechanisms of chronic stress to develop precise physiological trajectories from psychopathology to disease (and vice versa) for the purpose of more aptly assessing behavioral and physiological interventions. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking in cactus forests, roller skating, singing, attending metal concerts (pre-COVID), and hanging out with her cat, Francesca. Her love of Tucson includes the outdoor scene, especially hiking. The desert is captivatingly wild and gorgeous, not to mention that pool time in the middle of winter is a huge perk. However, the sun is her favorite part of Tucson, she has never lived in a place where it is so consistently bright!
Dr. Huskey can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Emert, Ph.D.
Dr. Emert is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona, her alma mater. She is originally from Tucson and previously worked with Patricia Haynes, Ph.D. She graduated with her doctorate in clinical psychology in August 2020 from the University of Alabama under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Lichstein. Her broad research interests include behavioral sleep medicine and examining sleep as a function of physical and psychological well-being. Her recent work has focused on the concept of insomnia identity, the conviction that one has insomnia which occurs independently of one’s actual sleep, to better understand nuances associated with the incongruity between insomnia complaint, insomnia identity, and quantitatively derived sleep status. She plans to continue research focused on advancing the development of behavioral sleep health-related interventions, including the evaluation, modification, and dissemination of evidence-based, personalized, accessible interventions, and increasing public awareness for these methodologies, especially within underserved populations. As a Tucson native, she loves monsoon season, the smell after it rains, yearlong hiking, cooling off on Mt. Lemmon during the summer, great Mexican cuisine, and most importantly Eegee’s ranch. Bear Down!
Dr. Emert can be contacted at email@example.com
Sophie Wardle, M.S.
Sophie is currently a 4th year graduate student at the University of Arizona, working in the Insomnia and Sleep Health Research Lab. For undergrad, she attended Trinity University in San Antonio, TX where she graduated with a neuroscience degree in 2011 and participated in research focusing on behavioral ecology and ornithology. Sophie then worked as a research associate for STRONG STAR in Fort Hood, TX where she assisted in the coordination of various RCTs investigating the treatment of PTSD and trauma related problems. During her experience at STRONG STAR, Sophie had the opportunity to work on Dr. Taylor’s DoD funded grant examining the sequencing of treatment for PTSD and comorbid sleep disorders. This experience sparked her interest in sleep research. During her graduate training, Sophie’s research has focused on the impact of insomnia on cognitive performance and understanding the complex relationship between sleep and PTSD. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog to Patagonia Lake, cooking fun meals, and taking advantage of all the hiking and biking Tucson has to offer!
Samantha Nagy, M.S.
Sam is currently a first-year graduate student at the University of Arizona. She is originally from Detroit, MI and previously worked at Oakland University in Rochester, MI and at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. She graduated with her master’s in experimental psychology with a focus in behavioral health in August 2018 from Oakland University under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Pickett. Her broad research interests include sleep, insomnia, trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and intervention outcomes. Her recent work has focused on trauma exposure, sleep disturbance, and shift work disorder in medical workers and first responders, as well as comprehensive modeling of PTSD symptoms and maintenance factors. She is eager to expand her clinical knowledge and skill base in order to eventually conduct clinical trials for sleep interventions. When she's not working, she enjoys hiking (not rock climbing!), cooking/baking, painting mediocre watercolors of plants, reading (fiction), and crafting. While she may not be a Tucson native, she’s definitely enjoying the year-round sun and good weather (despite the heat), as well as spending time scouting out local restaurants and snuggling with kitties at the El Jefe Cat Lounge in town.
Jackie Leete, B.S.
Jackie is an incoming first-year graduate student at the University of Arizona in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She grew up in Fairfield, Iowa and received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she studied Neuroscience and Behavior. Her undergraduate summer research internship at Brown University in Dr. Mary Carskadon’s sleep lab sparked her interest in the field of sleep research. After graduating from college, she worked for two years at the NIH in Bethesda, MD as a postbaccalaureate research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Jessica Gill, where she focused on biomarker research related to insomnia, sleep, and traumatic brain injury. Jackie is excited to continue to investigate biological markers and insomnia as well as gain clinical experience with insomnia interventions. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and playing tennis with friends, yoga classes, and going on walks while listening to a good podcast. And she is excited about exploring Tucson!
Kelly Kim, B.S.
Kelly is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. She’s lived in many places, including New Zealand, Connecticut, and Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her undergraduate work under the mentorship of Dr. Kathryn Roecklein focused on the relationship between sleep and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in individuals with seasonal affective disorder. Upon graduation, Kelly joined the Insomnia and Sleep Health Research Lab to work on insomnia research under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Taylor. Her research interests include treatment for insomnia and co-occurring disorders, treatment adherence and dissemination, and transdiagnostic mechanism of sleep and circadian disturbances. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, watching documentaries, visiting art museums, going on hikes or runs, and reading fiction.
PAST GRADUATE STUDENTS
Adam Bramoweth, Ph.D. (Pittsburgh VA)
Diana Dolan, Ph.D., CBSM (Center for Deployment Psychology)
Jessica Dietch, Ph.D. (Currently on Postdoc at Stanford University)
Rosemary Estevez, Ph.D. (US Air Force)
Jade Francetich, Ph.D. (Currently on Postdoc at Stanford University)
Emily Grieser, Ph.D. (US Air Force)
Katherine Marczyk Organek, Ph.D. (Cook Children's Hospital of Denton)
Brandy Roane, Ph.D., CBSM (Associate Professor, University of North Texas Health Sciences Center)
Kevin Sethi, Ph.D. (San Antonio VA)
Jolyn Tatum, Ph.D., CBSM (US Air Force)
Allison Wilkerson, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina)
Marian Zimmerman, Ph.D. (Private Practice, Plano, TX)
PAST POSTDOCTORAL STUDENTS
Tara Casady, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist at Bassett Army Community Hospital)
Kristi Pruiksma, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
Danica Slavish, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, University of North Texas)
Hannah Tyler, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
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