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

More about Aric Prather


University of Pittsburgh School of Psychology 2010

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Cohen S, Murphy MLM, Prather AA. Ten Surprising Facts About Stressful Life Events and Disease Risk. Annu Rev Psychol. 2018 Jun 27.
  2. Lin J, Sun J, Wang S, Milush JM, Baker CAR, Coccia M, Effros RB, Puterman E, Blackburn E, Prather AA, Epel E. In vitro proinflammatory gene expression predicts in vivo telomere shortening: A preliminary study. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 Jun 26; 96:179-187.
  3. Prather AA, Epel ES, Portela Parra E, Coccia M, Puterman E, Aiello AE, Dhabhar FS. Associations between chronic caregiving stress and T cell markers implicated in immunosenescence. Brain Behav Immun. 2018 Jun 21.

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