USA Newtonville MA 02460


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                                       Donn Posner Ph.D., DBSM, CBSM

Dr. Donn Posner is the Founder and President of Sleepwell Consultants and has been consulting to organizations and individuals on a wide variety of sleep health issues including insomnia, circadian dysrhythmia, CPAP adherence, and parasomnias. He is also currently an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a consulting psychologist, for the Palo Alto VA. He is working on a number of grants exploring the effects of CBT-I in Gulf War Veterans and Veterans with insomnia and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

Prior to his role at the VA he spent 25 years serving as the Director of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals, and was also the Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine for the Sleep Disorders Center of Lifespan Hospitals. Finally, he was a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. In his years at Brown he worked treating Sleep and Anxiety Disorders in at Rhode Island Hospital, and contributed to its administrative leadership and research mission.

For 20 years Dr. Posner had served as the primary supervisor for a rotation of the Behavioral Medicine track of the clinical psychology internship at Brown. The rotation focuses on the assessment and treatment of Sleep and Anxiety Disorders, and is one of the few rotations of its kind in the US. He also mentored post-doctoral fellows and lectured on Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Anxiety Disorders to interns, fellows, and residents in internal medicine and psychiatry.

Most recently Dr. Posner has consulted with industry as a medical advisor and has been working to develop online interactive CBT-I programs or mobile applications to be used in primary care settings and healthcare systems as an entry point into a stepped care system of insomnia treatment delivery. In addition, he was a consultant for the Veteran’s Administration roll out of CBT-I and continues to consult with clinical psychology programs and sleep centers assisting them on how to set up a Behavioral Sleep Medicine program and how to effectively deliver these treatments. 

Dr. Posner is one of the authors of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia: A Session-by-Session Guide (New York: Springer/Verlag). The book is intended for clinical trainees, and non-insomnia sleep specialists, as well as more experienced clinicians from outside the sleep medicine field, who wish to learn how to provide empirically validated cognitive behavioral treatment for insomnia (CBT-I). He also he co-authored Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Those with Depression, which is a clinical guide for clinicians working with insomnia in the context of mood disorders.

The grant he recently completed work on is an NIH funded dismantling study looking at the efficacy of the various components of CBT-I as well as mediators and moderators for successful outcomes of this therapy. Two other grants on which he previously consulted, used the book as a model for the clinical intervention protocol. One was a federally funded grant looking at the effect of CBT-I in patients who suffer from alcohol abuse and another involved using CBT-I in a cohort of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr. Posner is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is one of the first Certified Behavioral Sleep Medicine specialists recognized by that group. He is also a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and he has also now achieved the status of Diplomate with the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BBSM) which is the highest level of qualification and competency they bestow.



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Additional Details

California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
Donn Posner
Massachusetts: MA
Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Psychology
20+ Years
20+ Years
20+ Years
Insomnia, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, OSA / Positional Therapy, OSA / CPAP adherence training, Period Leg Movements of Sleep (PLMs), Nightmare Syndrome