Sleep, Health & Cognition: A Lifecyle Perspective

October 21-22, 2021, Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park Street, Freeport, Maine 04032


Based upon recent trends in the pandemic as a result of the “Delta variant,” the expectation is that participants will wear masks and be vaccinated.  We believe that we can still offer a safe in-person meeting experience but will offer a zoom option should participants choose to do so.  A zoom link will be sent as we get closer to the event.   We will keep registrants updated as needed.  



This program is intended for physicians in all specialities, psychologists, advanced practice nurses, social workers, physician assistants and other professionals engaged in treating patients with sleep disorders.

We anticipate over 100 attendees to participate at this year’s event.

AMA PRA Credits

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  MOC Part II CME activity credits will be applied for through the ABMS.

 More about our Keynote... 

Dr. Ancoli-Israel’s expertise is in the field of sleep disorders and circadian rhythms particularly in normal aging and neurogenerative disease, and in cancer. Dr. Ancoli-Israel is Past-President of the Sleep Research Society (SRS), Past-President of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms and was on the founding Executive Board of the National Sleep Foundation. 

She was honored in 2007 with the National Sleep Foundation Life-Time Achievement Award and the SRS Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award, in 2012 with Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Distinguished Career Award, in 2014 with the SRS Distinguished Scientist Award and in 2019 with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award.  Dr. Ancoli-Israel is published regularly in medical and psychiatric journals with over 500 publications in the field.


MAPP has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park Street in Freeport at the special rate of $155 plus taxes for a standard room featuring either a king bed or two double beds.  The room rates are available only until September 21, 2021.   After 9/21 rooms are available on a first come first serve basis and you may not receive the special group rate.  You must contact the Hilton Garden Inn directly to make your room reservation at 1-207-865-1433.  Be sure to identify that you are attending the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians meeting to receive the special rate. Check-in is 3:00 pm and check-out is 12:00 pm.  All reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card or a first night’s room deposit plus tax.  Cancellations may be made up to 72 hours prior to the arrival date.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 21

1:30 p.m.         MAPP Members Annual Business Meeting

2:30 p.m.         Welcome & Introductions

2:40 p.m.         Sleep & Sleep Disorders: A Long Historical Perspective - Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD

3:40 p.m. Break with Exhibitors

4:00 p.m.         Sleep & Aging  including Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Dementia - Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD

5:00 p.m.         Reception & Refreshments

Friday, October 22

8:00 a.m.         Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m.         Welcome & Introductions

8:30 a.m.         Medications and Sleep: Pharmacotherapy for Sleep-wake Disorders and the Influence of Psychotropic Medications on Sleep - Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

9:30 a.m.         An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia – Joel Guarma, PhD

10:30 a.m.       Break with Exhibitors

11:00 a.m.       Sleep, Memory & Dreams: A Unified Theory - Robert Stickgold, PhD

12:00 p.m.       Lunch

1:00 p.m.         Sleep Disorders in Children & Adolescents - Judith Owens, MD, MPH

2:00 p.m.         Translating Sleep Science to the Clinical Care of Patients at Risk for Living with Affective Disorders - Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD

3:00 p.m.         Break with Exhibitors

3:30 p.m.         Sleep and Wake Disorders through the Adult Life Span - Clifford Singer, MD, DFAPA

4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

In response to the highly contagious and fast-spreading delta variant of the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its previous stance and is now recommending that even fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission levels

Presenters (in order of appearance)

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D.

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus and Professor of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and the Center of Circadian Biology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Dr. Ancoli-Israel received her Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Francisco.

Stephanie Nichols, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPP, FCC

Stephanie Nichols is an Associate Professor in the University of New England School of Pharmacy, an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Tufts University School of Medicine, core faculty in the MMC/VA Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and lecturer in the MMC Psychiatry Residency program. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and Psychiatric Pharmacist and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. Provision of interprofessional didactic and clinical education to students, residents, and lifelong learners is a passion of hers. She serves on Maine’s Opioid Response Clinical Advisory Committee, Maine’s Medical Professionals Health Program Advisory Committee, the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine’s Board of Directors and as a Senior Editor for the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists’ Board-Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist Recertification Book and Preparatory Series. She has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed, published manuscripts in journals including Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacology, Current Psychiatry, Journal of Patient Safety, Pain, Journal of Psychopharmacology, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Journal of Addiction Medicine, and Psychosomatics.

Joel Guarna, PhD

Joel Guarna is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maine. His early career was delivering addictions treatment, including in the VA Boston Healthcare System. In recent years, his work has focused on clinic-based health psychology and behavioral medicine. He was co-director of the Living Life Well Pain Rehabilitation Program at Mercy Pain Center for several years. He also worked as integrated behavioral health clinician at MMP Endo and Diabetes in Scarborough. Currently, his primary role is as Behavioral Health Faculty Lead for the Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Robert Stickgold, MD

Dr. Robert Stickgold is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He graduated from Harvard University before attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he received his doctorate in biochemistry.   A preeminent sleep researcher who has studied the interaction of sleep, memory, and dreams.  Dr. Stickgold has dedicated his life to understanding the relationship between sleep and learning.  He is the author of When Brains Dream, released by W.W. Norton in January 2021. 

Judith Owens, MD, MPH

Dr. Judith Owens is Co-Director of the Pediatric Sleep Program at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.  She is an internationally recognized authority on pediatric sleep and an author of over 175 original research and review articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters, and books on the topic.

Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD

Dr. Charles Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry (emeritus) at Pittsburgh.  He serves as Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and is a member of the JAMA Psychiatry Editorial Board.  He chaired the Sleep-Wake Disorders Workgroup of the DSM-5 Taskforce and was a member of the IOM sleep-wake disorders study panel.  The recipient of the Herbert Pardes Humanitarian Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for his work in India, Dr. Reynolds is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and an alumnus of both the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia, where he read moral philosophy, epistemology, and the theology of Paul Tillich and Karl Barth.  

Clifford Singer, MD

Dr. Cliff Singer is a psychiatrist and geriatrician. He has been a physician, teacher, and researcher for more than thirty years and currently serves as Chief of Geriatrics at Northern Light Acadia Hospital and is the Director of the Northern Light Alzheimer’s Research Program.  He has had an interest since residency in sleep, chronobiology, and aging.


We are pleased to report that the following exhibitors will join us for the meeting.  Please make sure you take the time to thank them during the event for thier support:



Event Contact

Dianna Poulin, Executive Director / / 207-622-7743 Checks payable to Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, PO Box 190, 30 Association Drive, Manchester, ME 04351