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Sleep Matters: Health Challenges Across the Lifespan

Sleep is a critical component of overall health and well-being for people of all ages. This presentation will summarize the evidence for a range of sleep-related public health issues and explore potential solutions. Topics include melatonin use in children, school start times for high schoolers, and daylight savings time transitions.

The evidence for behavioral treatments for insomnia and nightmares will be presented along with recent efforts to combat the shortage of treatment providers. Additionally, strategies for treating polymorbid sleep disorders are discussed. By raising awareness and implementing interventions, we can promote healthier sleep habits and improve overall health across all ages.

Join the Department of Psychology in Kendall College of Arts & Sciences and Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and Injustice to hear from Kristi Pruiksma, Ph.D. and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified in behavioral sleep medicine.

Pruiksma completed her doctoral training at The University of Tulsa in 2011 under the mentorship of Professor Joanne Davis and other faculty in the Psychology Department. Pruiksma’s work focuses on investigating and disseminating evidence-based treatment for sleep disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a focus on active duty military personnel.

She previously served as a research therapist for some of the largest clinical trials of behavioral treatment for PTSD conducted by the STRONG STAR Research Consortium at Fort Cavazos, formerly designated Fort Hood. She has published more than 50 empirically reviewed articles and is currently the principle investigator or co-investigator of multiple project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Seminar in Biological Science

The TU Community is invited to attend a seminar presented by Jonathan Schilling, Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota.

Seminar in Biological Science

The TU community is invited to a seminar presented by Daniel Speiser, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Biological Science, University of South Carolina). The title of his presentation is “Why so many eyes? The evolution and neuroethology of distributed visual systems.”

Seminar in Biological Science

TU students join the Department of Biological Science for a research seminar by Dr. Tom Stewart, Assistant Professor of Biology Penn State University, Seminar Title: “Why do you blink? Just ask a winking fish”

Seminar in Biological Science

The TU community is invited to a fascinating seminar presentation by Anand Karki, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Science at The University of Tulsa. Karki will present a lecture titled “Molecular Characterization of Megaplasmids Associated with Foodborne Pathogens.”

Seminar in Biological Science

TU students, faculty, and staff are invited to a biological science lecture titled “Inter and intra species variability in mammal dental tribology patterns as paleoenvironmental indicators.” Presented by guest speaker Miriam Belmaker, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, The University of Tulsa.

Seminar in Biological Science

TU students, faculty, and staff are invited to a biological science lecture titled “Mycoviruses and their importance in fungal pathogenesis using the causative agents of canola blackleg and human aspergillosis as examples.” Presented by guest speaker Ioly Kotta-Loizou, faculty of natural sciences at Imperial College London.