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The Sleep and Chronophysiology Laboratory



J. Todd Arnedt, Ph.D.

Deirdre A. Conroy, Ph.D.

Leslie Swanson, Ph.D.



J. Todd Arnedt, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program

Dr. Arnedt obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He went on to complete a 1-year clinical internship in Behavioral Medicine and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in sleep research at Brown University. Dr. Arnedt is certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is the director of the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program. His research interests include sleep loss in occupational settings, sleep and alcohol interactions, and cognitive behavioral treatments for sleep disorders.

Selected Publications:

Zimmerman ME, Arnedt JT, Stanchina M, Millman RP, & Aloia MS. Normalization of memory performance with PAP in memory-impaired patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Chest 2006; 130(6): 1772-1778.

Arnedt JT, Conroy DA, Rutt JL, Aloia MS, Brower KJ, & Armitage R. An open trial of cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia comorbid with alcohol dependence. Sleep Medicine 2007; 8:176-80.

Arnedt, JT, Conroy DA, Posner DA, & Aloia MS. Evaluation of the insomnia patient. Sleep Medicine Clinics 2006; 1:319-332.

Aloia MS, Arnedt JT, Stanchina M, & Millman RP. How early in treatment is PAP adherence established: Revisiting night-to-night variability. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, in press.

Conroy DA, Arnedt JT, Brower KJ, Strobbe S, Consens F, Hoffmann R, & Armitage, R. Perception of sleep in recovering alcohol dependent patients with insomnia: Relationship to future drinking. Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research 2006, 30(12):1992-1999.

Arnedt JT, Conroy, DA, & Brower KJ. Treatment options for sleep disturbances during alcohol recovery. Journal of Addictive Diseases, in press.


Deirdre A. Conroy, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 
Clinical Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program

Dr. Conroy obtained her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from City University of New York.  She completed her clinical training in sleep disorders medicine at New York Methodist Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.  She then completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center.  Dr. Conroy a licensed clinical psychologist who is board certified in Clinical Sleep Disorders by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  Her research interests include the relationship between insomnia and alcoholism.

Selected Publications:

Conroy DA, Brower KJ: Alcohol, toxins, and medications as a cause of sleep dysfunction. Handb Clin Neurol; 98: 587-612, 2011.

Conroy DA, Hairston IS, Arnedt JT, Hoffmann RF, Armitage R, Brower KJ:  Dim light melatonin onset in alcohol-dependent men and women compared to healthy controls, Chronobiology International. 29(1):35-42, 2012.

Conroy DA, Novick DM, Swanson LM: Behavioral Management of Hypersomnia. Sleep Medicine Clinics Vol 7, No. 2; Alon Avidon (Ed).  W.B. Saunders Company, A Division of Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA USA. 2012

Conroy, DA, Usoro, A, Hoffmann, R, Brower, KJ, Armitage, RA. The influence of emerging low mood symptoms on sleep in children: a pilot study. Nature and Science of Sleep. 4:133-142.2012


Leslie Swanson, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Leslie SwansonDr. Swanson obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Alabama. Her advanced training includes a clinical internship at the Ann Arbor VA, and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Swanson is also certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Her research focuses on relationships between sleep and mood in perinatal women and sleep-based interventions to improve outcomes in psychiatric conditions.

Selected Publications:

Swanson, L.M., Favorite, T.K., Horin, E.V., & Arnedt, J.T. (2009). A combined treatment for nightmares and insomnia in combat veterans: A pilot study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22 (6), 639-642. 

Swanson, L.M., Flynn, H.A., Wilburn, K., Marcus, S, & Armitage, R. (2011). Maternal mood and sleep in children of women at risk for perinatal depression. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 13 (6), 531-534.

Swanson, L.M., Arnedt, J.T., Rosekind, M.R., Belenky, G., Balkin, T.J. & Drake, C. (2011). Sleep disorders and work performance: findings from the 2008 National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America poll. Journal of Sleep Research, 20 (3), 487-494.

Swanson, L.M., Pickett, S.M., Flynn, H.A., & Armitage, R. (2011). Relationships between depression, anxiety, and insomnia symptoms in perinatal women seeking mental health treatment. Journal of Women’s Health, 20 (4), 553-558. 

Casement, M., & Swanson, L.M. (2012). A meta-analysis of imagery rehearsal for post-trauma nightmares: Effects on nightmare frequency, sleep quality, and posttraumatic stress. Clinical Psychology Review, 32 (6), 566-574.

Swanson, L.M., Flynn, H.A., Adams, J., Armitage, R., & Arnedt, J.T. (2012). An open pilot of cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia in women with postpartum depression. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, in press.