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Katherine M. Sharkey, M.D., PhD

Dr. Katherine M. Sharkey is associate professor of Medicine and Psychiatry & Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is Medical Director of the University Medicine Sleep Center, where she maintains a busy clinical practice, and Associate Director of the Sleep for Science Research Laboratory of Brown University. Dr. Sharkey’s research focuses on sleep and circadian rhythms as they relate to mood regulation and women's health. 

She completed her MD-PhD at Rush University in Chicago, IL where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed a combined internal medicine and psychiatry residency at Rush and joined the Brown faculty in 2007. 

Dr. Sharkey is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, where she has held several leadership positions, most recently serving as Chair of the Academy’s Young Investigator Research Forum. She is an Associate Editor of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and serves on the editorial board of Sleep Health. Dr. Sharkey is also a member of the Society for Women’s Health Research Interdisciplinary Network on Sleep. 

In 2011, Dr. Sharkey was awarded the Christian Guilleminault World Association of Sleep Medicine Award for Sleep Research. Her current research studies are supported by an R34 Pilot Effectiveness Studies and Services Research Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and a grant from the Seleni Institute.


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