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Rebecca 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, MAPostdoc11/2020Sleep and Circadian Disorders


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, Weaver MD, Quan SF, Barger LK, Zhivotovsky S, Czeisler CA. The Hidden Cost of Caregiving: The Association Between Self-Assessed Caregiving-Related Awakenings and Nighttime Awakenings and Workplace Productivity Impairment Among Caregivers to Older Adults in the US. J Occup Environ Med. 2021 Aug 18. PMID: 34412088.
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  2. Robbins R, Underwood P, Jackson CL, Jean-Louis G, Madhavaram S, Kuriakose S, Vieira D, Buxton OM. A Systematic Review of Workplace-Based Employee Health Interventions and Their Impact on Sleep Duration Among Shift Workers. Workplace Health Saf. 2021 Jul 20; 21650799211020961. PMID: 34284682.
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  3. Robbins R, Weaver MD, Czeisler MÉ, Barger LK, Quan SF, Czeisler CA. Associations between changes in daily behaviors and self-reported feelings of depression and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic among older adults. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2021 Jun 22. PMID: 34156467.
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  4. Czeisler MÉ, Rohan EA, Melillo S, Matjasko JL, DePadilla L, Patel CG, Weaver MD, Drane A, Winnay SS, Capodilupo ER, Robbins R, Wiley JF, Facer-Childs ER, Barger LK, Czeisler CA, Howard ME, Rajaratnam SMW. Mental Health Among Parents of Children Aged <18 Years and Unpaid Caregivers of Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, December 2020 and February-?March 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021 Jun 18; 70(24):879-887. PMID: 34138835.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Winn AS, Weaver MD, O'Donnell KA, Sullivan JP, Robbins R, Landrigan CP, Barger LK. Interns' perspectives on impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the medical school to residency transition. BMC Med Educ. 2021 Jun 07; 21(1):330. PMID: 34098966.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  6. Czeisler MÉ, Wiley JF, Facer-Childs ER, Robbins R, Weaver MD, Barger LK, Czeisler CA, Howard ME, Rajaratnam SMW. Mental health, substance use, and suicidal ideation during a prolonged COVID-19-related lockdown in a region with low SARS-CoV-2 prevalence. J Psychiatr Res. 2021 08; 140:533-544. PMID: 34174556.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  7. Czeisler MÉ, Kennedy JL, Wiley JF, Facer-Childs ER, Robbins R, Barger LK, Czeisler CA, Rajaratnam SMW, Howard ME. Delay or avoidance of routine, urgent and emergency medical care due to concerns about COVID-19 in a region with low COVID-19 prevalence: Victoria, Australia. Respirology. 2021 07; 26(7):707-712. PMID: 34081819.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  8. Robbins R, Weaver MD, Barger LK, Wang W, Quan SF, Czeisler CA. Sleep difficulties, incident dementia and all-cause mortality among older adults across 8 years: Findings from the National Health and Aging Trends Study. J Sleep Res. 2021 Jun 02; e13395. PMID: 34080234.
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  9. Ursache A, Robbins R, Chung A, Dawson-McClure S, Kamboukos D, Calzada EJ, Jean-Louis G, Brotman LM. Sleep, Classroom Behavior, and Achievement Among Children of Color in Historically Disinvested Neighborhoods. Child Dev. 2021 Sep; 92(5):1932-1950. PMID: 34041742.
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  10. Wills C, Ghani S, Tubbs A, Fernandez FX, Athey A, Turner R, Robbins R, Patterson F, Warlick C, Alfonso-Miller P, Killgore WDS, Grandner MA. Chronotype and social support among student athletes: impact on depressive symptoms. Chronobiol Int. 2021 09; 38(9):1319-1329. PMID: 34039131.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Batool-Anwar S, Robbins R, Ali SH, Capasso A, Foreman J, Jones AM, Tozan Y, DiClemente RJ, Quan SF. Examining changes in sleep duration associated with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic: Who is sleeping and who is not? medRxiv. 2021 Apr 08. PMID: 33851174.
  12. Czeisler MÉ, Howard ME, Robbins R, Barger LK, Facer-Childs ER, Rajaratnam SMW, Czeisler CA. Early public adherence with and support for stay-at-home COVID-19 mitigation strategies despite adverse life impact: a transnational cross-sectional survey study in the United States and Australia. BMC Public Health. 2021 03 15; 21(1):503. PMID: 33722226.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  13. Robbins R, DiClemente RJ, Ejikeme C, Crusto CA, Taylor JY. Examining Mother-Reported Poor Sleep and Blood Pressure in Black/African American Mother-Child Dyads. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2021 Mar-Apr 01; 36(2):116-123. PMID: 33002922.
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  14. Robbins R, Affouf M, Weaver MD, Czeisler MÉ, Barger LK, Quan SF, Czeisler CA. Correction: Estimated Sleep Duration Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Major Metropolitan Areas on Different Continents: Observational Study of Smartphone App Data. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Feb 22; 23(2):e28057. PMID: 33617457.
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  15. Robbins R, Quan SF, Weaver MD, Bormes G, Barger LK, Czeisler CA. Examining sleep deficiency and disturbance and their risk for incident dementia and all-cause mortality in older adults across 5 years in the United States. Aging (Albany NY). 2021 02 11; 13(3):3254-3268. PMID: 33570509.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Robbins R, Affouf M, Weaver MD, Czeisler MÉ, Barger LK, Quan SF, Czeisler CA. Estimated Sleep Duration Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Major Metropolitan Areas on Different Continents: Observational Study of Smartphone App Data. J Med Internet Res. 2021 02 02; 23(2):e20546. PMID: 33493126.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  17. Loeb S, Mihalcea R, Perez-Rosas V, Xu A, Taylor J, Byrne N, Walter D, Ness M, Robbins R, Zhang S, Killeen T, Natesan D, Borno HT. Leveraging Social Media as a Thermometer to Gauge Patient and Caregiver Concerns: COVID-19 and Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol Open Sci. 2021 Mar; 25:1-4. PMID: 34337497.
  18. Robbins R, Weaver MD, Quan SF, Rosenberg E, Barger LK, Czeisler CA, Grandner MA. Employee Sleep Enhancement and Fatigue Reduction Programs: Analysis of the 2017 CDC Workplace Health in America Poll. Am J Health Promot. 2021 05; 35(4):503-513. PMID: 33172286.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Robbins R, DiClemente RJ, Troxel AB, Jean-Louis G, Butler M, Rapoport DM, Czeisler CA. Sleep medication use and incident dementia in a nationally representative sample of older adults in the US. Sleep Med. 2021 03; 79:183-189. PMID: 33248901.
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  20. Czeisler MÉ, Garcia-Williams AG, Molinari NA, Gharpure R, Li Y, Barrett CE, Robbins R, Facer-Childs ER, Barger LK, Czeisler CA, Rajaratnam SMW, Howard ME. Demographic Characteristics, Experiences, and Beliefs Associated with Hand Hygiene Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, June 24-30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020 Oct 16; 69(41):1485-1491. PMID: 33056951.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  21. Weaver MD, Robbins R, Quan SF, O'Brien CS, Viyaran NC, Czeisler CA, Barger LK. Association of Sleep Disorders With Physician Burnout. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 10 01; 3(10):e2023256. PMID: 33125492.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Jean-Louis G, Robbins R, Williams NJ, Allegrante JP, Rapoport DM, Cohall A, Ogedegbe G. Tailored Approach to Sleep Health Education (TASHE): a randomized controlled trial of a web-based application. J Clin Sleep Med. 2020 08 15; 16(8):1331-1341. PMID: 32329437.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Czeisler MÉ, Lane RI, Petrosky E, Wiley JF, Christensen A, Njai R, Weaver MD, Robbins R, Facer-Childs ER, Barger LK, Czeisler CA, Howard ME, Rajaratnam SMW. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, June 24-30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020 Aug 14; 69(32):1049-1057. PMID: 32790653.
    Citations: 277     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  24. Seixas AA, Moore J, Chung A, Robbins R, Grandner M, Rogers A, Williams NJ, Jean-Louis G. Benefits of Community-Based Approaches in Assessing and Addressing Sleep Health and Sleep-Related Cardiovascular Disease Risk: a Precision and Personalized Population Health Approach. Curr Hypertens Rep. 2020 07 15; 22(8):52. PMID: 32671477.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Chung A, Seixas A, Williams N, Senathirajah Y, Robbins R, Newsome Garcia V, Ravenell J, Jean-Louis G. Development of "Advancing People of Color in Clinical Trials Now!": Web-Based Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020 Jul 14; 9(7):e17589. PMID: 32673274.
  26. Robbins R, Sonnega A, Turner RW, Jean-Louis G, Butler M, Osorio RS, Langa KM. Sleep Difficulties and Cognition for 10 Years in a National Sample of U.S. Older Adults. Innov Aging. 2020; 4(4):igaa025. PMID: 32782976.
    Citations: 1     
  27. Petrov ME, Long DL, Grandner MA, MacDonald LA, Cribbet MR, Robbins R, Cundiff JM, Molano JR, Hoffmann CM, Wang X, Howard G, Howard VJ. Racial differences in sleep duration intersect with sex, socioeconomic status, and U.S. geographic region: The REGARDS study. Sleep Health. 2020 08; 6(4):442-450. PMID: 32601040.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Czeisler MÉ, Tynan MA, Howard ME, Honeycutt S, Fulmer EB, Kidder DP, Robbins R, Barger LK, Facer-Childs ER, Baldwin G, Rajaratnam SMW, Czeisler CA. Public Attitudes, Behaviors, and Beliefs Related to COVID-19, Stay-at-Home Orders, Nonessential Business Closures, and Public Health Guidance - United States, New York City, and Los Angeles, May 5-12, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020 Jun 19; 69(24):751-758. PMID: 32555138.
    Citations: 63     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  29. Chung KM, Singh J, Lawres L, Dorans KJ, Garcia C, Burkhardt DB, Robbins R, Bhutkar A, Cardone R, Zhao X, Babic A, Vayrynen SA, Dias Costa A, Nowak JA, Chang DT, Dunne RF, Hezel AF, Koong AC, Wilhelm JJ, Bellin MD, Nylander V, Gloyn AL, McCarthy MI, Kibbey RG, Krishnaswamy S, Wolpin BM, Jacks T, Fuchs CS, Muzumdar MD. Endocrine-Exocrine Signaling Drives Obesity-Associated Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. Cell. 2020 05 14; 181(4):832-847.e18. PMID: 32304665.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  30. 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 02 20; 22(2):e14735. PMID: 32078573.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. 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 05; 125(5):634-635. PMID: 31899938.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  32. Robbins R, Seixas A, Masters LW, Chanko N, Diaby F, Vieira D, Jean-Louis G. Sleep tracking: A systematic review of the research using commercially available technology. Curr Sleep Med Rep. 2019; 5(3):156-163. PMID: 33134038.
  33. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. 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.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. 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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  37. 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.
    Citations: 2     
  38. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. 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.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. 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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  41. 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.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. 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.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. 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.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. 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.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  45. Chen PY, Muzumdar MD, Dorans KJ, Robbins R, Bhutkar A, Del Rosario A, Mertins P, Qiao J, Schafer AC, Gertler F, Carr S, Jacks T. Adaptive and Reversible Resistance to Kras Inhibition in Pancreatic Cancer Cells. Cancer Res. 2018 02 15; 78(4):985-1002. PMID: 29279356.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  46. 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.
    Citations: 31     Fields:    
  47. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  48. 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.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  49. 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.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Muzumdar MD, Dorans KJ, Chung KM, Robbins R, Tammela T, Gocheva V, Li CM, Jacks T. Clonal dynamics following p53 loss of heterozygosity in Kras-driven cancers. Nat Commun. 2016 09 02; 7:12685. PMID: 27585860.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  51. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  52. 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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  53. Joshi NS, Akama-Garren EH, Lu Y, Lee DY, Chang GP, Li A, DuPage M, Tammela T, Kerper NR, Farago AF, Robbins R, Crowley DM, Bronson RT, Jacks T. Regulatory T Cells in Tumor-Associated Tertiary Lymphoid Structures Suppress Anti-tumor T Cell Responses. Immunity. 2015 Sep 15; 43(3):579-90. PMID: 26341400.
    Citations: 135     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  54. Faber AC, Farago AF, Costa C, Dastur A, Gomez-Caraballo M, Robbins R, Wagner BL, Rideout WM, Jakubik CT, Ham J, Edelman EJ, Ebi H, Yeo AT, Hata AN, Song Y, Patel NU, March RJ, Tam AT, Milano RJ, Boisvert JL, Hicks MA, Elmiligy S, Malstrom SE, Rivera MN, Harada H, Windle BE, Ramaswamy S, Benes CH, Jacks T, Engelman JA. Assessment of ABT-263 activity across a cancer cell line collection leads to a potent combination therapy for small-cell lung cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Mar 17; 112(11):E1288-96. PMID: 25737542.
    Citations: 58     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  55. 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.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  56. 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.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  57. 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.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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