Anne Germain


Principal Investigator of Veterans Sleep Studies
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Pittsburgh, PA

 Staff Profile

Dr. Germain, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, is the Principal Investigator of the Veterans Sleep and PTSD Research Program. Her current research program focuses on the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders and sleep disturbances that occur in the context of stress-related disorders in military veterans, with a special emphasis the treatment of nightmares and insomnia comorbid with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her current efforts includes the investigation of the psychophysiological of these disorders during sleep, the development and testing of new and established interventions targeting insomnia and nightmares for military veterans, and the brain mechanisms that underlie sleep disturbances and the effects of sleep treatments on sleep quality and daytime functioning using brain imaging techniques.

***Peer-Reviewed Publications***

1. Germain A, Buysse DJ, Shear MK, Fayyad R, & Austin C (2004). Clinical correlates of sleep disturbance severity in posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic
Stress, 17: 477-484.

2. Germain A, Hall M, Krakow B, Shear MK, & Buysse DJ (2004). A brief sleep scale for posttraumatic stress disorder: Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index Addendum for PTSD. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 19: 233-244.

3. Germain A, Hall M, Shear MK, Nofzinger EA, & Buysse DJ. (2006). Ecological Study of Sleep Disruption in PTSD: A Pilot Study. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1071: 438–441.

4. Germain A, Krakow B, Faucher B, Zadra, A, Nielsen T, Hollifield M, Warner TD, & Koss M. (2004). An increase in mastery characterizes imagery rehearsal treatment for nightmares in sexual assault survivors with PTSD. Dreaming 14:195-206.

5. Germain A, & Nielsen T (2003). Sleep pathophysiology in PTSD and Idiopathic nightmare sufferers. Biological Psychiatry, 54:1092-

6. Germain A, Shear MK, Hall M, & Buysse DJ. Effects of a Brief Behavioral Treatment for PTSD-Related Sleep Disturbances: A Pilot Study. Submitted to Behaviour Research and Therapy, in press. (Available online @ doi:10.1016/j.brat.2006.04.009)

7. Germain A, Nielsen TA. Impact of imagery rehearsal treatment on distressing dreams, psychological distress, and sleep parameters in nightmare patients. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 1:140-154, 2003

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