Dr. Allison Harvey Joins The Bikeskills Board

by robhoward on July 20, 2009

One of the world’s top sleep disorder researchers, clinical psychologist and UC Berkeley Professor, Dr. Allison Harvey PhD, joins the Bikeskills Board of Advisors. Read on to learn more about her! 

Of Course Allison is a Mountain Biker!

Not only is Alli a mountain biker, we met her when she took a Bikeskills clinic at Camp Tamarancho (NorCal). We were immediately and incredibly impressed with her infectious, positive attitude. And when the clinic was over, we talked with Alli about some of our interests and ideas regarding to health and well being;  it turned out that we shared a lot of the same passions and goals.

Alli is particularly interested in helping girls and women become more active and maintain better long term mental and physical health. And like us, Alli believes involvement in physical activities you do simply because you love them will get people started on that road of well being.  We’re really excited that Alli has joined the Bikeskills and Focus on Female boards. Here’s a little bit about Alli’s work life:

Dr. Allison G Harvey PhD

Allison Harvey is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Her clinical training and PhD were completed in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Harvey then moved to England as faculty in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. She was also a Fellow of St. Anne’s College. In 2004 she moved to UC Berkeley.

Dr. Harvey’s research interests focus on chronic insomnia, on understanding the role of sleep disturbance across psychiatric disorders (particularly bipolar disorder) and on sleep across development (particularly during adolescence). A multi-systems and mechanisms-focused framework is used in which (a) cognitive, affective, biological, behavioral and developmental contributors to sleep disturbance are emphasized as the source for deriving novel interventions and (b) intervention research is used to develop hypotheses about and/or confirm mechanisms. The editorial boards on which Dr. Harvey serves include the journal SLEEP, Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Behavior Research and Therapy. She is currently an Associate Editor for Behavior Therapy. Dr. Harvey has been the recipient of numerous awards, including The Queen’s Trust Award, the Chaim Danielle Award for Traumatic Stress Studies, an award from the American Association for Behavior Therapy and from 2005-2006 she was a Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. Dr. Harvey has received research funding from various sources including the Australian Research Council, Royal Society, Wellcome Trust, Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, Economic and Social Research Council and NARSAD. Currently her research is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health


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