Aric Prather, PhD


Aric Prather is a psychologist who treats insomnia with individual cognitive behavioral therapy. He also provides behavioral therapy to help patients acclimate to their continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, equipment.

Prather's research focuses on how poor sleep impacts our physical health and emotional wellbeing. He measures sleep habits to determine which participants are vulnerable to sleep-related health problems and which are resilient, with the goal of developing new treatments.

An assistant professor of psychiatry at UCSF, Prather graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Ph.D. in clinical and biological health psychology.

He is a member of the Sleep Research Society; the American Psychological Association; the American Psychosomatic Society; and the Society for Affective Science.


Neuro/Psych Sleep Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2273
Fax: (415) 353-2898

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

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University of Pittsburgh School of Psychology 2010

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Epel ES, Prather AA. Stress, Telomeres, and Psychopathology: Toward a Deeper Understanding of a Triad of Early Aging. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2018 Mar 01.
  2. Picard M, Prather AA, Puterman E, Cuillerier A, Coccia M, Aschbacher K, Burelle Y, Epel ES. A Mitochondrial Health Index Sensitive to Mood and Caregiving Stress. Biol Psychiatry. 2018 Feb 03.
  3. Shardell M, Semba RD, Kalyani RR, Bandinelli S, Prather AA, Chia CW, Ferrucci L. Plasma klotho and frailty in older adults: Findings from the InCHIANTI Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Oct 19.
  4. Gordon AM, Mendes WB, Prather AA. The social side of sleep: Elucidating the links between sleep and social processes. Curr Dir Psychol Sci. 2017 Oct; 26(5):470-475.
  5. Felder JN, Baer RJ, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Prather AA. Sleep Disorder Diagnosis During Pregnancy and Risk of Preterm Birth. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Sep; 130(3):573-581.
  6. Felder JN, Epel ES, Coccia M, Puterman E, Prather AA. Effects of daily maladaptive coping on nightly sleep in mothers. Psychol Health. 2017 Apr 09; 1-14.
  7. Cabeza de Baca T, Epel ES, Robles TF, Coccia M, Gilbert A, Puterman E, Prather AA. Sexual intimacy in couples is associated with longer telomere length. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Jul; 81:46-51.
  8. Prather AA, Gottlieb LM, Giuse NB, Koonce TY, Kusnoor SV, Stead WW, Adler NE. National Academy of Medicine Social and Behavioral Measures: Associations With Self-Reported Health. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Oct; 53(4):449-456.
  9. Prather AA, Janicki-Deverts D, Adler NE, Hall M, Cohen S. Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to Upper Respiratory Illness: the Moderating Role of Subjective Socioeconomic Status. Ann Behav Med. 2017 Feb; 51(1):137-146.
  10. Swartz JR, Prather AA, Hariri AR. Threat-related amygdala activity is associated with peripheral CRP concentrations in men but not women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Apr; 78:93-96.
  11. Felder JN, Laraia B, Coleman-Phox K, Bush N, Suresh M, Thomas M, Adler N, Epel E, Prather AA. Poor Sleep Quality, Psychological Distress, and the Buffering Effect of Mindfulness Training During Pregnancy. Behav Sleep Med. 2017 Jan 06; 1-15.
  12. Krystal AD, Prather AA. Should Internet Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Be the Primary Treatment Option for Insomnia?: Toward Getting More SHUTi. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Jan 01; 74(1):15-16.
  13. Adler E, Dhruva A, Moran PJ, Daubenmier J, Acree M, Epel ES, Bacchetti P, Prather AA, Mason A, Hecht FM. Impact of a Mindfulness-Based Weight-Loss Intervention on Sleep Quality Among Adults with Obesity: Data from the SHINE Randomized Controlled Trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Mar; 23(3):188-195.
  14. Prather AA, Leung C, Adler NE, Ritchie L, Laraia B, Epel ES. Short and sweet: Associations between self-reported sleep duration and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among adults in the United States. Sleep Health. 2016 Dec; 2(4):272-276.
  15. Puterman E, Gemmill A, Karasek D, Weir D, Adler NE, Prather AA, Epel ES. Lifespan adversity and later adulthood telomere length in the nationally representative US Health and Retirement Study. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Oct 18; 113(42):E6335-E6342.
  16. Giuse NB, Koonce TY, Kusnoor SV, Prather AA, Gottlieb LM, Huang LC, Phillips SE, Shyr Y, Adler NE, Stead WW. Institute of Medicine Measures of Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health: A Feasibility Study. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Feb; 52(2):199-206.
  17. Swartz JR, Prather AA, Di Iorio CR, Bogdan R, Hariri AR. A Functional Interleukin-18 Haplotype Predicts Depression and Anxiety through Increased Threat-Related Amygdala Reactivity in Women but Not Men. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2017 Jan; 42(2):419-426.
  18. Prather AA, Leung CW. Association of Insufficient Sleep With Respiratory Infection Among Adults in the United States. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Jun 01; 176(6):850-2.
  19. Baranger DA, Ifrah C, Prather AA, Carey CE, Corral-Frķas NS, Drabant Conley E, Hariri AR, Bogdan R. PER1 rs3027172 Genotype Interacts with Early Life Stress to Predict Problematic Alcohol Use, but Not Reward-Related Ventral Striatum Activity. Front Psychol. 2016; 7:464.
  20. Prather AA, Hecht FM, Epel ES. Factors related to telomere length. Brain Behav Immun. 2016 Mar; 53:279.

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