FEATURED MEMBER - ALLISON WILKERSON, PhD

Dr. Wilkerson is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Sleep and Anxiety Treatment and Research Program (SATRP) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE FIELD IN 10 YEARS?

I am very eager to see where technology can take this field, both in terms of online training of providers and telemedicine for those who need care. I think if we work to stay with the times and use the latest advances in technology to our advantage we will be able to get consistent access to evidenced-based behavioral sleep  medicine in places that were previously very difficult to reach

HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO SPECIALIZE IN BEHAVIORAL SLEEP MEDICINE (WHAT GOT YOU STARTED, WHO DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK WITH ALONG THE WAY)?

I started my training focused on cognitive behavioral therapy for mood disorders and began working with Daniel Taylor, PhD, who was focused on cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. I quickly joined his lab, converted to all things sleep, and the rest is history!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SLEEP RESOURCE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE OTHERS AWARD OF?

In both my professional and personal life I spend a lot of time with young mommas. Babysleep.com is definitely my go-to. I probably mention it at least once a week to an intern, resident, or student who works with (or plan to works with) families. Another resource I am very excited about is cbtiweb.org, an online cbti training for providers. It is on track to launch this summer, and I am hoping once it is up and running providers everywhere will be made aware of it!

WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP THAT YOU PLNA ON TAKING IN RESEARCH OR CLINICAL PRACTICE?

I just began a project for a NIDA K12 that will prospectively examine the relationship between sleep disorders and substance use treatment outcomes. As part of the K award I will be getting intensive training in addictions sciences for the next two years, and I am really looking forward to focusing on the intersection of  sleep and substance use disorders. Clinically, I will continue to practice and supervise psychology interns in the sleep and anxiety clinic.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO AWARE FROM THE OFFICE?

I’m fortunate to live in a very outdoors-y town. I spend as much time as I can at the beach, pool, and parks with my husband and three kids (ages 7, 3, and 1). The kids also Love when we have reading parties, and that might be my favorite thing on the planet.