Clinicians

Rachel Manber, PhD, CBSM

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director of the Stanford Sleep Health and Insomnia Program (SHIP)

Clinical License: CA PSY16461

Specialty Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (CBSM)

Dr. Manber is an international expert in the treatment of insomnia. She is a clinical psychologist who has been treating adults, children, and adolescents with sleep disorders for over 25 years.  Dr. Manber has written two books to help patients improve their sleep and another to guide clinicians in use of CBT for insomnia with their own patients.  She has led the national dissemination effort for CBTI in the VA Healthcare System and regularly gives workshops and talks on sleep and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to healthcare professionals and the public.

Dr. Manber earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona (1993) and completed her internship at the University of Washington (1993).  Originally trained as a mathematician (PhD from the University of Washington [1982]), her work with patients combines compassion, science, and logic.

Norah Simpson, PhD, CBSM

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Director of the Stanford Sleep Health and Insomnia Program (SHIP)

Clinical License: CA PSY 25355

Specialty Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (CBSM)

Dr. Norah Simpson is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in non-drug treatment of sleep disorders. She has been treating patients with behavioral sleep medicine approaches for over 8 years.  Dr. Simpson gives talks about sleep in the academic community and at regional corporate venues. She has a background in experimental sleep deprivation research, and enjoys bringing her research knowledge to her clinical work.  Dr. Simpson treats adults and adolescents with sleep disorders, including high performance athletes.

Dr. Simpson earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (2008) and completed her clinical internship at the Alpert Brown School of Medicine (2008).  She has completed post-doctoral fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School (T32 in Sleep, Respiratory, and Circadian Neurobiology, [2011]), and the Stanford Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2013).

Rie Lebus, PhD

Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical License: CA PSY 27682

Dr. Lebus is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in behavioral sleep medicine. She provides treatment for insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, nightmares, and CPAP adherence. Dr. Lebus also has a private practice in Palo Alto where, in addition to treating sleep disorders, she provides treatment for anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders. Her work in the Stanford Sleep Health and Insomnia Program is focused on treating sleep problems. She uses a flexible approach and tailors treatment to the unique needs of each patient.

Dr. Lebus completed her postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral sleep medicine at Stanford Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (SHIP Program; 2015) and her clinical internship at the VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System (2014). She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in health psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (2014).

Lauren Asarnow, PhD

T32 postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Lauren Asarnow is postdoctoral fellow in the Stanford Sleep Health and Insomnia Program (SHIP) where she treats patients with sleep disorders and conducts research on how to optimize sleep in adolescents and young adults. She is interested how improving sleep contributes to improved quality of life, mental and physical health.  Her research informs her patient centered approach to care.

Dr. Asarnow completed her PhD training at the University of California Berkeley, with a clinical internship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2016).  She enjoys treating adults, adolescents and children with a variety of sleep complaints, including insomnia and circadian rhythm disturbances. She has experience and interest in helping people whose sleep problems are occur along with mood and anxiety disorders.