Christina S. McCrae received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999. Her research focuses on comorbid insomnia, objective and subjective sleep assessment, and day-to-day variability in sleep and related behaviors. Under her direction, research in the Mizzou Sleep Research Lab is grounded in a theoretical framework in which hyperarousal operates as a key mechanism underlying insomnia and many other common health-related complaints and co-occurring medical and behavioral problems.
Dr. McCrae specializes in the development of targeted Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) protocols that are adapted to meet the unique needs of patients who experience insomnia in the context of other chronic conditions. Because chronic insomnia typically occurs in the context of other conditions and stressors, her clinical trial research impacts a wide variety of patients (children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, chronic pain, cardiac disease, cancer, end stage renal disease) and other populations (older adults, overweight and obese individuals of all ages, dementia and other caregivers).
Her program of interdisciplinary clinical sleep research is intended to contribute to the establishment of best practices in behavioral healthcare based on evidence, to enhance quality of life in individuals and families affected by insomnia, to elucidate the mechanisms underlying chronic insomnia and related conditions, and to train future generations of clinical scientists.