Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program
Director: Luis F. Buenaver, PhD, CBSM
Dr. Buenaver is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Dr. Buenaver earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed his predoctoral internship at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Buenaver is a licensed psychologist and is also certified in behavioral sleep medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Buenaver's clinical practice centers on pain management and the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders (particularly chronic insomnia). Dr. Buenaver has presented and published on topics including factors contributing to chronic pain and sleep disorders. His research focuses on pain and sleep: (1) studying and designing interventions to alter behavioral and psychological mechanisms that contribute to chronic pain and associated disability, and (2) understanding the role of sleep disturbance in chronic pain to learn how sleep loss and factors that drive sleep disturbance contribute to pain, disability, and negative mood.
Founder: Michael T. Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Smith is a Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, he is certified in behavioral sleep medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Smith's clinical practice centers around the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders (especially chronic insomnia) and chronic pain disorders. His research focuses on the neurobehavioral causes, consequences, and treatments of insomnia and sleep loss, particularly as these problems relate to chronic pain. His current research projects include: 1) evaluating how sleep disturbance affects the clinical trajectory of chronic myofascial pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorders (sponsored by the National Institute of Health - National Institutes of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, 2) a clinical trial of the benzodiazepine receptor agonist, eszopliclone (Lunesta) for insomnia in patients with new osteoarthritis of the knee (Sponsored by Sepracor, Inc), and 3) a pilot functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) project evaluating how sleep deprivation alters functional neuroanatomic processing of pain in healthy subjects.