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Rebecca Scott Robbins, Ph.D.

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Cornell University, Ithaca, NYPhD05/2015Health Communication
NYU School of Medicine, New York, NYPostdoc08/2019Population Health
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAPostdocSleep and Circadian Disorders

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Sleep Matters Initiative[login at prompt]
Available: 11/01/19, Expires: 11/05/22

The Sleep Matters Initiative (SMI), led by clinicians and researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, aims to implement evidence-based clinical treatments for sleep and circadian disorders, and to change the culture of sleep. SMI aims to improve health, safety, performance and well-being of people worldwide by translating cutting-edge research on sleep and circadian rhythms into practice.

Sleep, nutrition and exercise are the three pillars of good health. Too often, evidence-based practices to promote healthy sleep fail to reach widespread societal awareness or adoption. Sleep deficiency and untreated sleep disorders take years off our lives, compromise safety in the workplace, and cost the economy billions of dollars each year. The SMI is seeking to change this by continuing innovative research programs, advocating for sleep and circadian-friendly policies, and by developing easy-to-use, evidence-based interventions, such as our comprehensive Sleep Health Wellness Program and educational offerings for high schools, colleges, and businesses.

Interested students will work with PhD investigators on designing and disseminating evidence-based sleep behavior change programs.

Various duration internship/immersion opportunities exist.


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  1. Robbins R, Affouf M, Seixas A, Beaugris L, Avirappattu G, Jean-Louis G. Four-Year Trends in Sleep Duration and Quality: A Longitudinal Study Using Data from a Commercially Available Sleep Tracker. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Feb 20; 22(2):e14735. PMID: 32078573.
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  2. Robbins R, Jean-Louis G, Chanko N, Combs P, Byrne N, Loeb S. Using data from an online health community to examine the impact of prostate cancer on sleep. BJU Int. 2020 May; 125(5):634-635. PMID: 31899938.
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  3. Robbins R, Grandner MA, Buxton OM, Hale L, Buysse DJ, Knutson KL, Patel SR, Troxel WM, Youngstedt SD, Czeisler CA, Jean-Louis G. Sleep myths: an expert-led study to identify false beliefs about sleep that impinge upon population sleep health practices. Sleep Health. 2019 08; 5(4):409-417. PMID: 31003950.
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  4. Robbins R, Jean-Louis G, Gallagher RA, Hale L, Branas CC, Gooneratne N, Alfonso-Miller P, Perlis M, Grandner MA. Examining social capital in relation to sleep duration, insomnia, and daytime sleepiness. Sleep Med. 2019 08; 60:165-172. PMID: 31175050.
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  5. Robbins R, Jackson CL, Underwood P, Vieira D, Jean-Louis G, Buxton OM. Employee Sleep and Workplace Health Promotion: A Systematic Review. Am J Health Promot. 2019 09; 33(7):1009-1019. PMID: 30957509.
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  6. Robbins R, Butler M, Schoenthaler A. Provider burnout and patient-provider communication in the context of hypertension care. Patient Educ Couns. 2019 08; 102(8):1452-1459. PMID: 30962078.
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  7. Bastien CH, Ellis JG, Athey A, Chakravorty S, Robbins R, Knowlden AP, Charest J, Grandner MA. Driving After Drinking Alcohol Associated with Insufficient Sleep and Insomnia among Student Athletes and Non-Athletes. Brain Sci. 2019 Feb 20; 9(2). PMID: 30791643.
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  8. Robbins R, Niederdeppe J. Testing the Role of Narrative and Gain-Loss Framing in Messages to Promote Sleep Hygiene among High School Students. J Health Commun. 2019; 24(1):84-93. PMID: 30774040.
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  9. Loeb S, Sengupta S, Butaney M, Macaluso JN, Czarniecki SW, Robbins R, Braithwaite RS, Gao L, Byrne N, Walter D, Langford A. Dissemination of Misinformative and Biased Information about Prostate Cancer on YouTube. Eur Urol. 2019 04; 75(4):564-567. PMID: 30502104.
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  10. Robbins R, Jean-Louis G. Sleep at Work: The Economic and Societal Argument for Workplace-Based Health Promotion Tailored to Shift Workers. Am J Health Promot. 2018 Sep; 32(7):1641-1644. PMID: 30099897.
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  11. Robbins R, Seixas A, Schoenthaler A. The nature and scope of patient-sharing network research: a novel, important area for network science. Transl Behav Med. 2018 07 17; 8(4):626-628. PMID: 30016522.
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  12. Robbins R, Seixas A, Jean-Louis G, Parthasarathy S, Rapoport DM, Ogedegbe G, Ladapo JA. National patterns of physician management of sleep apnea and treatment among patients with hypertension. PLoS One. 2018; 13(5):e0196981. PMID: 29791455.
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  13. Robbins R, Senathirajah Y, Williams NJ, Hutchinson C, Rapoport DM, Allegrante JP, Cohall A, Rogers A, Ogedegbe O, Jean-Louis G. Developing a Tailored Website for Promoting Awareness about Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Among Blacks in Community-Based Settings. Health Commun. 2019 05; 34(5):567-575. PMID: 29338353.
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  14. Robbins R, Krebs P, Rapoport DM, Jean-Louis G, Duncan DT. Examining Use of Mobile Phones for Sleep Tracking Among a National Sample in the USA. Health Commun. 2019 05; 34(5):545-551. PMID: 29334765.
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  15. Robbins R, Krebs P, Jagannathan R, Jean-Louis G, Duncan DT. Health App Use Among US Mobile Phone Users: Analysis of Trends by Chronic Disease Status. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Dec 19; 5(12):e197. PMID: 29258981.
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  16. Robbins R, Niederdeppe J. How Online Peer-to-Peer Conversation Shapes the Effects of a Message About Healthy Sleep. Prev Sci. 2017 02; 18(2):141-151. PMID: 27492421.
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  17. Williams NJ, Robbins R, Rapoport D, Allegrante JP, Cohall A, Ogedgebe G, Jean-Louis G. Tailored approach to sleep health education (TASHE): study protocol for a web-based randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016 12 08; 17(1):585. PMID: 27931249.
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  18. Wansink B, Robbins R. Which Design Components of Nutrition Infographics Make Them Memorable and Compelling? Am J Health Behav. 2016 11; 40(6):779-787. PMID: 27779946.
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  19. Robbins R, Wansink B. The 10% solution: Tying managerial salary increases to workplace wellness actions (and not results). J Occup Health Psychol. 2016 Oct; 21(4):494-503. PMID: 26820808.
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  20. Robbins R. Social conversation and its relationship to sleep behavior among college students. Sleep Health. 2015 Dec; 1(4):304-310. PMID: 29073405.
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  21. Robbins R, Niederdeppe J. Using the integrative model of behavioral prediction to identify promising message strategies to promote healthy sleep behavior among college students. Health Commun. 2015; 30(1):26-38. PMID: 24446927.
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  22. Robbins R, Niederdeppe J, Lundell H, Meyerson J. Views of city, county, and state policy makers about childhood obesity in New York State, 2010-2011. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013 Nov 21; 10:E195. PMID: 24262027.
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  23. Niederdeppe J, Lee T, Robbins R, Kim HK, Kresovich A, Kirshenblat D, Standridge K, Clarke CE, Jensen J, Fowler EF. Content and effects of news stories about uncertain cancer causes and preventive behaviors. Health Commun. 2014; 29(4):332-46. PMID: 23790111.
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