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Aric Prather


Diehard sleep evangelist but sleep-deprived father of two

  • (415) 353-2273
  • (415) 353-2273

Aric Prather is a psychologist who treats insomnia with individual cognitive behavioral therapy. He also provides behavioral therapy to help patients adjust to using their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) equipment.

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

Prather earned his doctoral degree in clinical and biological health psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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

  • Education

    University of Pittsburgh, PhD, Clinical and Biological Health Psychology, 2010

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Sleep is critical to the restoration of body and mind. It is my mission to help my patients get the restful sleep they deserve.

Where I see patients (1)

    Decorative Caduceus

    Lemborexant Shift Work Treatment Study

    Within-person changes in daytime total sleep time in minutes from baseline to 2 weeks. Daytime total sleep time is reported in minutes from a Consensus Sleep Diary, completed by participants daily.


    Decorative Caduceus

    Sleep and Social Experiences Study 2

    Both systolic and diastolic blood pressure is measured via blood pressure arm cuff, taken after a 5-minute resting period and after each social interaction task


    Decorative Caduceus

    Social Experiences and Sleep Study

    Sleep onset latency is the time (in minutes) from "lights out" to sleep onset on the nights following the social rejection task and the control task laboratory to onset of sleep, as measured via polysomnography


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