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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.

As a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts, I specialize in behavioral sleep medicine (primarily insomnia and CPAP adherence), depression, and anxiety using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) frameworks. In my role with the Division of Digital Psychiatry, my aim is to optimize our telehealth-based clinic that integrates digital apps and wearable devices to enhance clinical care, while also serving as primary clinician.  Also in the past two years, I served as a telehealth interventionist on the Harvard Football Players Health Study providing brief behavioral therapy for insomnia (BBTI), as well as another research study using a 4-session format of CBT-I for cancer survivors.

Alongside clinical care, my research examines cortical and autonomic mechanisms of mindfulness, yoga, and other mind-body interventions for insomnia. The ultimate goal of this work is to better understand 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 are the physiological markers of restorative vs. non-restorative sleep? How can we optimally combine biomarker discovery, wearable devices, and experiential awareness (such as mindfulness skills) to boost patient outcomes in the clinic, and daily wellness for everyone?

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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