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Join the AASM Foundation at SLEEP 2024 for a special session on behavioral insomnia interventions titled:

S-21 Tailoring Behavioral Insomnia Interventions for Diverse Populations: AASM Foundation-Funded Implementation Efforts on Wednesday, June 5, 2024; 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m CT.


The 2021 “Behavioral and Psychological Treatments for Chronic Insomnia Disorder in Adults: an American Academy of Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline” strongly recommends cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) as the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia. However, numerous barriers impede CBT-I’s reach and uptake in routine care. A significant obstacle limiting the application and effectiveness of real-world practice is the lack of adaptation and testing of CBT-I for diverse populations with complex needs, such as adolescents, adults with substance use disorders, night shift workers, and economically marginalized adults. It is essential to adapt CBT-I to address the unique challenges faced by these underrepresented groups and overcome barriers to successful implementation in practice.

This session provides examples of recent efforts from AASM Foundation-funded projects to utilize implementation science frameworks and theories in adapting and implementing CBT-I among novel populations. These adaptations can potentially enhance the acceptability and appropriateness of CBT-I and optimize treatment “fit” across care contexts.


  • Adapting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia for Night Shift Nurses and Beyond presented by Jessica R. Dietch, PhD, DBSM
  • Adapting and Testing Brief Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia for Socio- and Economically Marginalized Adults presented by Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH
  • Adapting Brief Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia in a Residential Substance Use Disorder Recovery Program presented by Traci Speed, MD
  • Adapting CBT-I For and With Adolescents: Preliminary Findings from the DREAM IT Study by Sarah M. Honaker, PhD, DBSM

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