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Meet the PI Lecture October 10, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Meet the PI Lecture

The Sleepless Night Blues:
The Importance of Sleep Health in Promoting Emotional Health

Peter Franzen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry









Dr. Franzen obtained his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Arizona and completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel J. Buysse.  He was appointed to the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry faculty in 2007. His research program strives to better understand why and how sleep is so important for emotional health in teens and adults. Career development award and R01-funded projects have utilized experimental sleep deprivation protocols in healthy adolescents and adults to examine the impact of sleep loss on emotional reactivity and regulation. Other collaborative research projects examine sleep–emotion relationships in clinical populations, including insomnia and bipolar disorder. 

Learning Objectives. Following the lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the bi-directional associations between sleep and mood disorders. 
  2. Discuss the emotional consequences of sleep loss.  
  3. Discuss the impact of sleep loss on the neural systems underlying negative and positive affect.

For more information regarding this lecture, please contact Jeanie Knox Houtsinger at