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Not all Sleep is the Same: Individual and Developmental Links with Anxiety and Depression

January 31, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Hope and Healing Center & Institute
717 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056

Not all Sleep is the Same: Individual and Developmental Links with Anxiety and Depression
Presented by Candice A. Alfano, Ph.D., University of Houston

This event will be good for 2 hours of PDUs/CEs

*Continuing Education credits available for Psychologists, LCSWs, LPCs, LMFTs, LCDCs, and Educators


Candice Alfano, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology, a licensed clinical psychologist, and Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston (SACH) at the University of Houston (UH). Her research program and clinical practice focus on the overlap of sleep and mental health across the lifespan. Dr. Alfano received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2005 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Prior to coming to UH, she served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Her research program has received funding from multiple federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Dr. Alfano serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and is a former member of the board of directors for the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM). Dr. Alfano has published more than 100 scientific papers, articles, and chapters. She is co-author of the book, Child Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to Research and Treatment (2011; Routledge-Taylor & Francis) and co-editor of the books, Comprehensive Evidence-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents (2014; John Wiley & Sons) and Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults: Translating Developmental Science into Practice (2011; American Psychological Association).



Adequate sleep is essential for all age groups, but sleep during childhood is particularly critical due to its temporal overlap with the development of cognitive and emotion regulatory skills. A growing body of research shows inadequate sleep during the child and adolescent years serves as a potent risk factor for later anxiety and mood disorders. However, the risk is not evenly distributed across individuals and specific mechanisms underlying these relationships are only just beginning to be understood. The current talk provides a brief overview of the essential role of sleep for mental health as well as evidence for intimate associations with anxious and depressive psychopathology across the life span. Findings from several novel experimental studies conducted in Dr. Alfano’s lab will be presented toward elucidating sleep-emotion relationships in children will be presented.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn about prevalence rates and impairments associated with sleep problems in childhood and adolescence.
  • Participants will learn about the complex, bidirectional relationships between sleep, emotional reactivity, and regulation in all age groups.
  • Participants will learn how certain individual moderating factors, including trait anxiety, serve to increase the risk for both sleep and mental health problems across the life span.



$45.00 HPA Member
$35.00 Earlybird rate before January 27

$45.00 ECP Member
$35.00 Earlybird rate before January 27

$55.00 Non Member or Guest of HPA
$45.00 Earlybird rate before January 27

$15.00 Student - Member or Non Member


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