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Jessica Levenson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
3811 O’Hara Street, Room E-1119
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

T: 412-647-7937
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  • BA, Psychology with Honors, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA), 2004
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 2008
  • Clinical Psychology Internship, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine (Madison, WI), 2013
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sleep Medicine T32, University of Pittsburgh, 2013-2016

Research Interests:

Dr. Levenson’s research interests focus on designing and evaluating interventions for adolescents that enhance sleep health specifically to promote mental and physical health broadly. She uses qualitative and quantitative approaches to developing stakeholder-informed interventions that are likely to be effective, adopted, and implemented.  Dr. Levenson specifically focuses on using technology to deliver innovative interventions that increase access, engagement, and cost-effectiveness. Her work also explores the role of disturbed sleep in the onset and course of depression and bipolar disorder. Dr. Levenson is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with adolescents and adults. Her clinical interests focus primarily on the treatment of mood disorders and sleep disorders.

Current Research Funding:

  • Focused Projects Award, American Sleep Medicine Foundation
  • Bridge to Success Award, American Sleep Medicine Foundation

Selected Publications:

  1. Levenson, J.C., Kay, D.B., Buysse, D.J. (2015). The pathophysiology of insomnia. CHEST. 147, 4, 1179-1192. PMID: 25846534 PMCID: PMC4388122
  2. Levenson, J.C., Wallace, M.L., Anderson, B.P., Kupfer, D.J., Frank, E. (2015). Social Rhythm Disrupting Events Increase the Risk of Recurrence among Individuals with Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 17(8), 869-879. PMID: 26614534 PMCID: PMC4702482
  3. Levenson, J.C., Miller, E., Hafer, B., Reidell, M.F., Buysse, D.J., Franzen, P.L. (2016). Pilot study of a sleep health promotion program among college students. Sleep Health, 2(2), 167-174. PMID: 27525300, PMCID: PMC4978431
  4. Parthasarathy, S., Buysse, D.J., Carskadon, M., Jean-Louis, G., Owens, J., Bramoweth, A., Combs, D., Hart, C., Hasler, B., Honaker, S.M., Hickam, D., Hertenstein, E., Kuna, S., Kushida, C., Levenson, J.C.,…Stoney, K. (2016). Implementation of sleep and circadian science: recommendations from the Sleep Research Society and National Institutes of Health workshop. SLEEP, 39(12):2061-2075. PMID: 27748248 PMCID: PMC5103795
  5. Levenson, J.C., Soehner, A., Rooks, B.T., Merranko, J., Goldstein, T.R., Axelson, D.A., Goldstein, B.I., Brent, D.A., Diler, R., Hafeman, D., Hickey, M.B., Monk, K., Sakolsky, D., Kupfer, D.J., Birmaher, B. (2017).  Sleep phenotypes among offspring of bipolar parents and community controls: a latent transition analysis and association with conversion to bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 215, 30-36. PMID: 28315578 DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.03.011
  6. Levenson, J.C., Rollman, B.L., Ritterband, L., Strollo, P.J., Smith, K.J., Yabes, J.G., Moore, C.G., Harvey, A.G., Buysse, D.J. (2017). Hypertension with Unsatisfactory Sleep Health (HUSH): Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Trials, 18(1). PMID: 28587609 PMCID: PMC5461741
  7. Levenson, J.C., Shensa, A., Sidani, J.E., Colditz, J.B., Primack, B.A. (2017). Social Media Use before Bed and Sleep Disturbance among Young Adults in the United States: A Nationally-Representative Study. SLEEP, 40(9). PMID: 28934521 DOI: 10.1093/sleep/zsx113
  8. Goldstein, T.R., Merranko, J., Krantz, M. Garcia, M., Franzen, P.L., Levenson, J.C., Birmaher, B., Frank, E. (2018). Early Intervention for Adolescents At-Risk for Bipolar Disorder: A Pilot Randomized Trial of Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy. Journal of Affective Disorders, 235, 348-356. PMID: 29665518, PMCID: PMC5951768, DOI: 10.1016/j.jad2018.04.049
  9. Soehner A.M., Bertocci M.A., Levenson J.C., Goldstein T.R., Rooks B., Merranko J., Hafeman D., Diler R., Axelson D., Goldstein B.I. , Hickey M.B., Monk K.M., Phillips M.L., Birmaher B. (In Press). Longitudinal relationships between sleep patterns and psychiatric symptom severity in high-risk and community control youth. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.