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AASM Membership Sections Newsletter Issue #1
American Academy
of Sleep Medicine
disorder (DSPD), engendered by his
unique experiences with adolescents.
Mark Smith, PhD, RPGST
is in
his second year as a member of the
Circadian Rhythms Section Steering
Committee. He received his train-
ing in sleep medicine as a technolo-
gist under the direction of Dr. Mark
Mahowald, and later received training
in sleep research from Drs. Charmane
Eastman, Helen Burgess, and Kenneth
Wright. His research interests include
photic and non-photic interventions
for phase shifting the circadian clock,
with a primary focus on practical
phase shifting interventions to attenu-
ate circadian misalignment among
night shift workers.
Katherine Sharkey, MD, PhD,
is an assistant professor of
Medicine and Psychiatry & Human
Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medi-
cal School of Brown University. Dr.
Sharkey is Medical Director of the
University Medicine Sleep Center
and Associate Director of the Sleep
for Science Research Laboratory
of Brown University. Dr. Sharkey’s
research focus is sleep and circadian
rhythms, particularly as they relate to
mood regulation and women’s health.
In 2011, she was awarded the Chris-
tian Guilleminault World Association
of Sleep Medicine Award for Sleep
Research. Her research is supported
by the National Institute of Mental
Health and the Sleep Research Society
Steering Committee Profiles
on issues relevant to the use of actigraphy in sleep medicine. The section
will have a direct impact on the upcoming
. Both Dr. Wyatt and
Dr. Auger are on the expert panel for the diagnostic manual’s circadian
rhythms section, led by Dr. Phyllis Zee.
Membership Survey
Important information has been conveyed from respondents to the first-
ever online survey to the activities of all eight AASM membership sec-
tions. Common suggestions included: developing other ways to provide
educational activities outside of the APSS meeting (e.g., webinars), im-
proving and increasing the frequency of communication with the section
members, and making the benefits of section membership more explicit.
Our future efforts will indeed reflect the influence of these thoughtful
Communication with the Section Steering
We wish to thank the active members of the Circadian Rhythm section
for the participation at the APSS section meetings, and for their other
communication of evaluation of our work and suggestions for our efforts.
We strongly encourage all AASM members to consider selecting sec-
tion affiliation. Even if you do not opt to have circadian rhythms as your
primary section affiliation, you can select as many secondary section
memberships as you wish. As your elected leadership, our effectiveness is
directly related to receiving the benefit of the wisdom and insights of our
section members. Please contact us with your feedback and suggestions
by emailing
Accomplishments of the Section continued