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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology

DPRG Research Conference

2016 | Conference

Research Conference 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Pepsi Center
1000 Chopper Circle
Denver, Colorado, 80204
The 2016 DPRG Retreat Conference registration fee is:
$120 - General, $80 - Student/Postdoc

2016 THEME: Sick and Tired: Unraveling Links between Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and the Development of Psychopathology

We would like to invite you to attend this year’s Developmental Psychobiology Research Group (‘DPRG’) Research Conference. The conference is under the auspices of the University of Colorado and features highly renowned national and international speakers.

Featured Speakers:

Candice A. Alfano, PhD, University of Houston

“Emotional Problems Start at Bedtime: Developmental Pathways from Sleep to Affective Psychopathology”  

Dr. Alfano is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston (SACH) at the University of Houston. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist.  She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland-College Park and completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Alfano’s research program broadly focuses on developing new knowledge and understanding at the interface of sleep-wake regulation, emotional processing, and anxious psychopathology. Cross sectional, experimental, and longitudinal studies aim to answer both theoretical and applied questions about the mechanisms that link and potentially modify sleep-emotion relationships in both children and adults. Her research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Alfano has published over 60 empirical papers, articles, books chapters, and books, and serves on the scientific council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). She is a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, former Associate Editor for the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, and currently serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed scientific journals. 


Alice M. Gregory, PhD, Goldsmiths, University of London

“Child and adolescent psychopathology. Why study sleep and genetics?”

Alice Gregory is a Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths. Her work focuses on understanding the aetiology of concurrent and longitudinal associations between sleep disturbances and a range of other phenotypes. She first developed an interest in sleep research as an undergraduate student at Oxford University. Following completion of her degree, she studied in Japan for a year collecting cross-cultural data for her first publication in the field of sleep research. Upon her return she commenced her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry using epidemiological and twin samples to learn more about the associations between sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression. Alice has published over 100 papers and chapters, mainly focusing on sleep and associated traits.


Brant Hasler, PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 

“Rhythms in reward: Relevance to adolescent mood and substance use disorders”

Dr. Hasler is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His research focuses on the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in regulating affect and motivation, particularly as relevant to affective disorders and substance abuse in both adolescents and adults. Dr. Hasler is currently PI on a NIDA-funded Career Development Award (K01), which employs fMRI and experimental manipulations of sleep and circadian rhythms in order to probe the effects of circadian misalignment on the neural correlates of reward function in adolescents. Dr. Hasler is also PI on a NIAAA-funded R21, which examines the same mechanisms in a naturalistic study of late adolescent alcohol users.  He also serves as a Co-I or Co-PI on several other grants, including an ongoing U01 (NCANDA) that is investigating the longitudinal relationships between alcohol use and adolescent brain development, with a substudy focusing on the role of sleep. 

In addition to his research program, Dr. Hasler is actively engaged in research mentorship and clinical supervision, as well as direct clinical practice, and is the Co-Director of the accredited Behavioral Sleep Medicine training fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.

call for abstracts.jpgCall for Abstracts: 2016 DPRG Conference

DPRG invites submissions for its 2016 DPRG Conference. 

All Attendees are welcome to submit an abstract for Poster  Session.

This is a great way to get feedback on your research!

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to 5 pm, April 15, 2016

Extended Call for Papers: Instructions