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Insomnia and Aging Study

Treatments for Insomnia: Mediators, Moderators, and Quality of Life

Research study conducted at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital

Skills: teamwork, recruiting, interviewing, data visualization, presenting, abstract writing

The Problem 

How might we tailor a non-drug treatment to help older adults with their insomnia? 

Use of sleeping pills can lead to cognitive impairment and risk of falls, especially for older adults.

To address this issue, we sought to better understand the non-drug treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), and its efficacy in an older population.

Study Objective



Compare three non-drug treatments for insomnia in older adults to determine which aspects of CBT-I are most efficacious and for whom.

My Role
Research Assistant
  • Clinically interviewed, managed, & equipped 20+ participants/mo for overnight sleep studies

  • Presented screening session results at weekly team meetings

  • Overhauled training materials and trained 3 research assistants in sleep study protocols and clinical interviewing

  • Designed recruitment materials/strategies & recruited 100+ participants over 2.5 years

  • Presented research & published 3 abstracts at annual professional research conference

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Adults ages 60 and older with insomnia complaints

The Team


Primary Investigator:  Dr Jerome Yesagave

Co-PIs: Dr. Leah Friedman & Dr. Andrea-Goldstein-Piekarski

Clinician: Dr. Donn Posner

Physician: Dr. Clete Kushida

Research assistants: Alison Buchanan,  Clara Lee

Experimental Design

Three treatments (CBT-I, CT, and BT) will be compared in a randomized clinical trial with a parallel groups design (data analysis currently in progress).


Data was collected prior to the beginning of treatment, after 6 weeks of treatment, at a 6-month follow-up visit, and one year after completion of treatment. 

aging study timeline

Analysis in progress...

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