Hekler, Andrea Chambers

USA VA San Diego Healthcare System, 865 3rd Ave, Suite 133, Chula Vista, CA 91911


Dr. Hekler is a Staff Psychologist at the VA San Diego Health Care System, offering brief psychotherapy services, including CBT for Insomnia, through the VA Chula Vista Primary Care Clinic. She also offers treatment for those with Circadian Rhythm Sleep Wake Disorders and assists with CPAP Adherence. Dr. Hekler is a VA National Consultant for training other VA mental health providers to provide CBT-I to veterans. 

Dr. Hekler completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine in 2010. She was certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine in 2013.

Prior to 2015, Dr. Hekler publishes under her birth name Andrea S. Chambers: Buman MP, Epstein DR, Gutierrez M, Herb C, Hollingshead K, Huberty JL, Hekler EB, Vega-Lopez S, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Hekler AC, Baldwin CM. BeWell24: development and process evaluation of a smartphone “app” to improve sleep, sedentary, and active behaviors in US Veterans with increased metabolic risk. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2015:1-11. doi: 10.1007/s13142-015-0359-3. Chambers, A.S., & Epstien, D. (2014) Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Insomnia in Older Adults. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2014 Available from: http://www.pogoe.org/productid/21727 Manber, R., Steidtmann, D., Chambers, A.S., Ganger, W., Horwitz, S., & Connelly, C.D. (2013). Factors Associated with Clinically Significant Insomnia Among Pregnant Low income Latinas. Journal of Women’s Health, 22 (8), 694-701. Lyell, D. J., Chambers, A. S., Steidtmann, D., Tsai, E., Caughey, A., Wong, A., & Manber, R. (2012). Antenatal identification of Major Depressive Disorder: A cohort study. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 207, 506.e1-6. Tikotzky, L., Chambers, A.S., Kent, J., Gaylor, E. & Manber, R. (2012) Postpartum maternal sleep and mothers’ perceptions of their attachment relationship with the infant among women with a history of depression during pregnancy. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 36, 440-448. Tikotzky, L., Chambers, A.S., Gaylor, E., & Manber, R. (2010) Maternal sleep and depressive symptoms: Links with infant negative affectivity. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 605-612. Gress, J.L., Chambers, A.S., Ong, J.C., Tikozky, L., Okada, R.M., & Manber, R. (2010). Maternal subjective sleep quality and nighttime infant care. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28, 384-391. Manber R, Schnyer RN, Lyell D, Chambers AS, Caughey AB, Druzin M et al. (2010). Acupuncture for depression during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 115, 510-520. Manber, R. & Chambers, A. S. (2009). Insomnia and depression: A multifaceted interplay. Current Psychiatry Reports, 11, 437-446. Abercrombie, H.C., Chambers, A. S., Greischar, L., & Monticelli, R. M. (2008). Orienting, emotion, and memory: Phasic and tonic variation in heart rate predicts memory for emotional pictures in men. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 90, 644-650. Schnyer, R. N., Chambers, A. S., Hitt, S. K., Moreno, F., Manber, R., & Allen, J. J. B. (2007). Acupuncture for Major Depressive Disorder: Unconvincing evidence for efficacy in trial highlights the challenge of research designs. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 68, 1617. Rottenberg, J., Chambers, A. S., Allen, J. J. B., & Manber, R. (2007). Cardiac vagal control in the severity and course of depression: The importance of symptomatic heterogeneity. Journal of Affective Disorders, 103, 173-179. Chambers, A. S., & Allen, J. J. B. (2007). Sex differences in cardiac vagal control in a depressed sample: Implications for differential cardiovascular mortality. Biological Psychology, 75, 32-36. Allen, J. J. B., Chambers, A.S., & Towers, D.N. (2007). The many metrics of cardiac chronotropy: A pragmatic primer and a brief comparison of metrics. Biological Psychology, 74, 243-262. Chambers, A.S. & Allen, J.J.B. (2007). Editorial to Special Issue: Cardiac Vagal Control, Emotion, Psychopathology, and Health. Biological Psychology, 74, 113-115. Allen, J.J.B., Schnyer, R.N., Chambers, A.S., Hitt, S.K., Moreno, F., & Manber, R. (2006). Acupuncture for Depression: A Controlled Trial. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 67, 1665-1673. Weydert, J. A., Shapiro, D. E., Acra, S. A., Monheim, C. J., Chambers, A. S., & Ball, T. M. (2006). Evaluation of guided imagery as treatment for recurrent abdominal pain in children: A randomized controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics, 6, 29. Manber, R., Chambers, A. S., Hitt, S., McGahuey, C., Delgado, P., & Allen, J.J.B. (2003). Patients’ perception of their depressive illness. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 37(4), 335-343. Chambers, A. S. & Allen, J.J.B. (2002). Vagal tone as indicator of treatment response in Major Depression. Psychophysiology, 39, 861-864.
  • USA VA San Diego Healthcare System, 865 3rd Ave, Suite 133, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Additional Details

Arizona, California
VA San Diego - Chula Vista Primary Care Clinic
California: CA
Clinical Psychologist
CA - Psych 23537; AZ - 4193 (Inactive status)
1-5 Years
6-10 Years
6-10 Years
Insomnia, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, OSA / CPAP adherence training, Nightmare Syndrome