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Dr. Barwick is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Sleep Medicine Division. She is Director of the Sleep & Circadian Health Program and is responsible for developing and expanding clinic services and overseeing didactics and training for Behavioral Sleep Medicine postdoctoral fellows. She also serves as Associate Division Chief for Behavioral Sleep Medicine.Dr. Barwick and her team offer comprehensive evaluations of sleep problems and brief, evidence-based, non-drug treatments for insomnia, hypersomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, nightmares and other parasomnias, and Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) adjustment. Treatment, provided in individual or group formats, emphasizes a collaborative approach and uses cognitive-behavioral techniques as well as mindfulness- and acceptance-based techniques to help people fall asleep and stay asleep more easily, feel less sleepy or fatigued during the day, manage misaligned sleep-wake patterns, and reduce the frequency and severity of nightmares.Dr. Barwick presents at regional, national and international conferences. She also collaborates in and conducts ongoing research studies at Stanford and other national and international hospitals and universities. Integrated protocols have been developed and are currently being tested for treating sleep problems that co-occur with medical conditions such as chronic pain or POTS, as are CBTI protocols delivered in Mandarin via telehealth to patients at Chongqing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in China.
Research interests focus on expanding sleep education, improving sleep health, optimizing treatment for circadian rhythm disorders, and adapting treatment for insomnia in populations where developmental, medical, psychiatric and cultural factors intersect. Current research projects include developing and piloting integrated protocols for treating sleep problems that co-occur with medical conditions such as chronic pain or POTS. Ongoing collaborations include delivery of a CBTI protocol in Mandarin via telehealth to patients at Chongqing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in China. Past projects include investigation of the link between RLS and the gut microbiome and a survey of student sleep health.