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Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center


Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center 
Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center 
Department of Psychology 
1653 West Congress Parkway, Chicago IL 60612-3833 

Phone: (312) 942-5440 
FAX: (312) 942-8961 

Faculty (Name, Email address)

Rosalind Cartwright, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)

Fidel Echevarria, M.D., Ph.D. (Psychiatry)

James Herdegen, M.D. (Pulmonology)

Edward Stepanski, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)

Damien Stevens, M.D. (Pulmonology)

Suzanne Stevens, M.D. (Neurology) 

James Wyatt, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)

Types of Training Available

Clinical Psychology Residency/Internship:

One-year pre-doctoral APA-approved program in Health Psychology for which the Sleep Disorder Service serves as one of four primary rotations (six months each) in the Medical Center. Four residents are selected each year, beginning July 1. Supervisors: R. Cartwright, E. Stepanski, J. Wyatt.

Fellowship Training in Sleep Medicine:

AASM approved. One fellow is selected per year. Co-Directors of Fellowship Training: J. Herdegen & E. Stepanski.

Visiting Professors/Fellows:

Six-month or one-year training experiences per arrangement. Visiting Professors/Fellows have included Psychiatrists from Thailand, a Psychotherapist from Switzerland, and Neurologists from the United States.

Research Post-Doctoral Position:

One to two year positions working on funded research projects have been available to qualified candidates with doctoral degrees in Psychology.

Elective Rotations for Neurology Residents and Pulmonary Fellows:

One- to nine-month rotations at the Sleep Disorder Service are available, as arranged.

Elective Rotations for Medical Students:

Elective clerkships in the Sleep Disorder Center are available to third or fourth year students, as arranged.

Undergraduate Students:

Research externships for Undergraduate students in Psychology or the Sciences have been arranged.

Related Training Opportunity:

A Neuroscience doctoral program is offered as a joint program between the Departments of Psychology and Neurological Sciences with doctoral dissertation in Sleep or Biological Rhythms Research (M.D./Ph.D. program).

Since the opening of the Rush Sleep Disorder Service and Research Center, we have consistently been involved in clinical and research training of physicians, psychologists and researchers.

Types of Funding Available:

Supported residency in Psychology and research grant support

Current Trainees (Names and Email address):

Erin Baehr (Psychology Resident)

Gina Graci (Psychology Resident)

Michelle Pergadia (Psychology Resident)

Norman O’Rourke (Psychology Resident)

Ladly Abraham, M.D. (Pulmonary Fellow)

Trainees who have completed training [in the past five years] and current status (Name, Title, Institution, Email):

Raju Abraham, MD, Riverside Hospital, Kankakee, Illinois

Firas Dairi, MD, Pulmonologist, Elgin, Illinois

James Herdegen, MD, Pulmonologist, Rush University

Dennis Hoffman, MD, Pulmonologist, Waukegan, Illinois

Bejamas Intrapoka, MD, Pulmonologist, Department of Medicine, Khon Kae University, Khon Kae, Thailand

Ahamed Kutty, MD, Riverside Hospital, Kankakee, Illinois

Chakrit Sakying, MD, Psychiatrist, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Kailish Sharma, MD, Pulmonologist, Tinley Park, Illinois

Suzanne Stevens, M.D. Neurologist, Rush University

Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory

Sleep in mood disorders
REM function
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Behavioral treatments for sleep disorders
Sleep, circadian rhythms, and neurobehavioral functions
Investigational drug treatments
Etiology and treatment of insomnia
Sleep-related violence

Technical Capabilities of Lab

Equipment/Facilities: The laboratory consists of six bedrooms, each having a digital acquisition system for 16-32 channels of physiologic data. Studies are conducted consistent with the typical sleep time of our patients. Studies are stored on optical disk and semi-automated scoring is available. Portable recordings of AASM levels I-IV (Standard PSG; Comprehensive Portable PSG; Modified Portable Study; Continuous Bioparameter Recording) and Actigraphy is available.
Clinical Capabilities: The Sleep Disorder Service and Research Center was one of the first Centers to be accredited by the AASM (then ASDA). We received accreditation in 1981 and have maintained this accreditation continuously. A multidisciplinary approach is the hallmark of our treatment strategies. Discussions of clinical cases, review of polysomnographic records, and treatment planning occur on a weekly basis. The Center hosts weekly Grand Rounds which is open to the Chicago professional community and is accredited for continuing medical education credits.

Primary Training Focus

Human (Basic)
Human (Clinical Research)
Human (Clinical Practice)

Residency in Psychology, Sleep Disorders Medicine (fellowship), Pulmonary fellowship (fellowship rotation), Neurology (fellowship rotation)

Other Training Opportunities

Neuroscience Ph.D. program

Representative Publications For the Last Five Years

Cartwright R (1997). Who should treat sleep apnea and how? Chest, 111, 3-4.

Kalogjera-Sackellares D & Cartwright R. (1997). Comparison of MMPI profiles in medically and psychologically based insomnia. Psychiatry Research, 70, 49-54.

Nowell P, Buysse D, Reynolds C, Hauri P, Roth, T, Stepanski E, Thorpy M, Bixler E, Kales A, Manfredi R, Vgontzas A, Stapf D, Houck P, & Kupfer D. (1997). Clinical factors contributing to the differential diagnosis of primary insomnia and insomnia related to mental disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 154(10): 1412-1416.

Wyatt JK, Bootzin RR, Allen JJB, & Anthony JL. (1997). Mesograde amnesia during the sleep onset transition: replication and electrophysiological correlates. Sleep, 20, 512-522.

Cartwright R, Luten A, Young M, Mercer P, and Bears M. (1998). The role of REM sleep and dream affect in overnight mood regulation: A study of normals. Psychiatry Research , 81, 1-8.

Cartwright R, Young MA, Mercer P, and Bears M. (1998). The contribution of sleep and dream variables to the prediction of remission from depression. Psychiatry Research, 80, 249-255.

Cartwright R. (1999). Dreaming in sleep disordered patients. In S. Chokroverty (Ed.), Sleep Disorders Medicine: Basic science, technical considerations and clinical aspects . Boston, MA: Butterworth-Heineman, 127-134.

Stepanski E, Zayyad A, Nigro C, Lopata M, & Basner R. (1999). Sleep-disordered breathing in a predominately African-American pediatric population. Journal of Sleep Research, 8: 65-70.

Wyatt JK, Ritz-De Cecco A, Czeisler CA, & Dijk D-J. (1999). Circadian temperature and melatonin rhythms, sleep, and neurobehavioral function in humans living on a 20-h day. American Journal of Physiology: Regulative, Integrative and Comparative Physiology , 277, R1152-1163.

Cartwright R. (2000) Sleep apnea. In A. E. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. New York: Oxford.

Cartwright R (2000). Sleep-related violence: does the polysomnogram help establish the diagnosis? Sleep Medicine, 1, 331-335.

Cartwright R, Vankatesan TK, Caldarelli D, & Diaz F. (2000). Treatments for snoring: A comparison of somnoplasty and an oral appliance. Laryngoscope, 110, 1680-1683.

Newell PT, & Cartwright RD. (2000). Affect and cognition in dreams: a critique of the cognitive role in adaptive dream functioning and support for associative models. Psychiatry , 63:34-44.

Stepanski E. Behavioral therapy for insomnia. (2000). In: M. Kryger, T. Roth, & W. Dement, (Eds.), Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine. (3rd Edition). (pp. 647-656). W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia.

Stepanski EJ & Perlis (2000). Behavioral sleep medicine: An emerging subspecialty in health psychology and sleep medicine. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 49, 343-347 .

Stepanski E & Wyatt JK (2000). Controversies in the treatment of primary insomnia. Sleep Medicine, 1, 259-261.

Stepanski E, Zorick F, Roehrs T, & Roth T. (2000). Effects of sleep deprivation in daytime sleepiness in primary insomnia. Sleep, 23: 215-219.

Wyatt JK. (2000). Seasonal Affective Disorder. In A. E. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. New York: Oxford.

Bears M., Cartwright R, & Mercer P. (In Press). Masochistic dreams: A sex-related diathesis for mood disorders? Dreaming.

Cartwright R (In Press). How and why the brain makes dreams: A report card on current research on dreaming. Brain and Behavioral Sciences.

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