Psychology Department Hosts Sleep Disorder Presentation

Posted on 11/3/2016 3:51:32 PM

David Benhayon of the Children’s Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, will present “The Importance of Sleep and Sleep Disturbance in Youth with Mental Health Issues” on Friday, November 11, from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. in Uhler Hall, room 111. This presentation is part of the Psychology Department’s Elephant Cafe Brown Bag Series.

It is well known that sleep problems are a risk factor for, as well as a symptom of, a wide array of mental health diagnoses. This presentation will focus on diagnosis of sleep problems as well as behavioral and medical treatment of sleep disturbance in childhood and adolescence.

Benhayon is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Triple Board Program in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Child Psychiatry. He obtained his MD and PhD at the University of Tennessee and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He did his graduate work in developmental neurobiology, helping to delineate the Reelin signaling pathway that is critical for neuronal migration in mammalian brain development. One of his main interests is the interplay between sleep and inflammation, an area that is integral to both physical and mental health.

Department of Psychology