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Cindy Marie Swinkels

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences

Overview


As a scientist-practitioner, I focus on both the clinical and research aspects of Clinical Psychology. In my role as a clinician, I provide empirically-supported treatment of sleep disorders, including Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia, graded exposure for claustrophobia related to CPAP device, and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for Nightmares. In addition, I am the Site Lead for a National VA Program that offers support to family and friends of Veterans seeking assistant for their loved one.  

As for research, I am currently interested in the interface of behavioral sleep medicine with trauma related disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  My active projects include a treatment study of insomnia and nightmares in Veterans with PTSD from service in Afghanistan (OEF) and/or Iraq (OIF), as well as an examination of the association between sleep duration, health risk behaviors, and psychiatric morbidity among OEF/OIF Veterans. In general, I am interested in how sleep issues affect individuals and his/her co-morbid conditions (medical or psychiatric).

Current Appointments & Affiliations


Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences · 2020 - Present Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications


Drexel University · 2011 Ph.D.