Team

SHUTi was developed at the University of Virginia in the Behavioral Health and Technology program area. The research team is composed of a diverse set of individuals, including a group of psychologists who have been using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to treat sleep problems for many years, including:

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The development and testing of this program was supported by Grant Numbers R34MH70805 and R01MH086758 from the National Institute of Mental Health as well as through a grant from the University of Virginia Cancer Center through the Mary Semmes Scripps Fund for Integrative Medicine. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the University of Virginia, the National Institute of Mental Health or the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Ritterband is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Health System and Director of the Behavioral Health and Technology (BHT) program area.He served as Principal Investigator of the first National Institute of Mental Health SHUTi grant on which the intervention in this new trial is based as well as a pilot trial of SHUTi with cancer survivors with insomnia funded by the UVA Cancer Center through the Mary Semmes Scripps Fund for Integrative Medicine.With degrees in clinical psychology and computer science/technology, Dr. Ritterband specializes in the development and testing of behaviorally-based treatment programs delivered via the Web.Over the past 12 years, Dr. Ritterband has established himself as one of the leading researchers in Internet health interventions.He has been a Principal or Co-Investigator on large research projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; the National Institute for Childhood Health and Human Development; the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases; the National Institute of Drug and Alcohol; the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; the American Diabetes Association; and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.In 2004, he co-founded the International Society for Research on Internet interventions which is the leading international organization focused on Internet intervention research.Dr. Ritterband is on the editorial board of Health Psychology, and is well published in the scientific literature.He has given numerous talks nationally and internationally on the use of the Internet in psychological research and clinical practice.

Dr. Gonder-Frederick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences and Clinic Director of the Behavioral Medicine Center at the University of Virginia Health System which houses the Insomnia Clinic.She is an expert in treating individuals with insomnia; serves on the Sleep Medicine board at UVA; and gives regular lectures to the Neurology, Pulmonology, and Psychiatry residents, whom she also supervises, in behavioral sleep medicine.In addition, Dr. Gonder-Frederick was a key co-investigator on the SHUTi pilot study, and has been an integral member of the larger BHT Internet intervention research team, providing content, study design/methodology, and implementation expertise.Dr. Gonder-Frederick was also a co-investigator on the American Diabetes Association Blood Glucose Awareness Training Internet intervention (BGATHome) project and the NICHD pediatric encopresis Internet intervention projects.

Dr. Charles Morin is a Professor of Psychology at the Laval University in Quebec, Canada, and Director of the Sleep Research Center.He has developed and directed an active clinical research program on insomnia over the past 25 years, and has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health since 1988.Dr. Morin is considered one of the foremost experts in the field of insomnia, and has particular expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) for insomnia.Of particularly note, he has conducted two seminal studies of CBT based self-help treatment for insomnia (Mimeault & Morin, 1999; Morin, Beaulieu-Bonneau, LeBlanc, & Savard, 2005), showing significant improvements for individuals who obtained self-help for insomnia.Dr. Morin is a member of the DSM-V Work Group for the Sleep Disorders Section, and recently chaired the 2011 meeting of the World Association of Sleep Medicine.He is an associate editor for the journals Sleep and Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles.He has also written several popular and academic books covering the treatment of insomnia.Dr. Morin has collaborated with the Behavioral Health and Technology team at UVA since 2003.The SHUTi Internet intervention is based on Dr. Morin’s CBT program for insomnia.

Dr. Thorndike is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia Health System in the Behavioral Health and Technology program area.She obtained her PhD in clinical psychology in 2004 from American University and then completed a three-year fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System, focusing on the use of technology to extend the reach of proven behavioral interventions. Her research interests include the development and evaluation of Internet interventions for various medical and behavioral health problems, including insomnia, post-traumatic stress, encopresis, and diabetes. She has been conducting research in the field of Internet interventions since 2002.Prior to her work at UVA, Dr. Thorndike collaborated with Dr. Brett Litz at Boston University on the DElivery of Self-TRraining and Education for Stressful Situations or DESTRESS trial that tested an Internet intervention to service members with PTSD from the attack on the Pentagon on 9-11 or the Iraq War.At UVA, Dr. Thorndike has been a co-investigator on multiple National Institutes of Health-funded studies utilizing technology to increase access to treatment, including the prior insomnia Internet intervention studies.She is also a Co-Investigator on an NICHD Internet intervention for pediatric encopresis.Dr. Thorndike has published several papers in these areas, and given talks to both national and international audiences.