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I am Clinical Director & Staff Psychologist with the BIDMC Division of Digital Psychiatry, and a Research Fellow with the Sadhguru Center for a Conscious Planet.  Prior to these roles, I completed a T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Research Training Program in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and the Sleep and Inflammatory Systems Laboratory at BIDMC (mentors: Dr. Monika Haack & Dr. Janet Mullington). 

My research focuses on cortical and autonomic mechanisms of mind-body interventions (such as mindfulness meditation) for insomnia, aiming to improve our understanding of stress physiology--in daily life as well as nightly sleep--and how to enhance wellness both individually and more broadly as a connected society.  What would the world look like if we all slept a little better?

I am also a Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts and maintain a clinical practice, having recently served as an interventionist providing insomnia treatment for several clinical trial studies, including the Harvard Football Players Health Study and a recently completed pilot program for cancer survivors with colleagues at MGH.

Education and Training: I received a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, working in the sleep research laboratories of Dr. Ruth Benca, Dr. David Plante, and Dr. Giulio Tononi, using high-density EEG to examine sleep and waking electrophysiology in healthy and clinical populations, as well as in the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience of Dr. Richard Davidson on a project investigating the effects of long-term meditation practice on brain functioning.  I then received a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2019 at the University of Arizona under mentorship of Dr. Richard Bootzin and Dr. John Allen, continuing the line of sleep & meditation research I began at UW-Madison while adding specialization in stress physiology and yogic breathing interventions.  This training has greatly benefitted from collaborations with research groups at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Northwestern, Stanford, and Brown.  See my "Research" page for current work.

 

Emailmrgoldst@bidmc.harvard.edu

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