Kristen C. Stone Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

Dr. Stone received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with subspecialties in behavioral medicine and public health from The University of Memphis. She completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. Dr. Stone researches the role of sleep in psychiatric functioning with particular attention to perinatal sleep as it relates to maternal, infant, and family functioning. Dr. Stone also treats individuals and couples with psychological problems stemming from health conditions, addiction, and other life events. She specializes in treating individuals across the lifespan with insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

Stone, K. C., LaGasse, L. L., Lester, B. M., Shankaran, S., Bada, H. S., & Bauer, C. R. (In Press). The Maternal Lifestyle Study: Sleep problems in children with prenatal substance exposure. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Stone, K. C., High, P. C., Miller-Loncar, C. L., LaGasse, L. L., & Lester, B. M. (2009). Longitudinal study of maternal report of sleep problems in children with prenatal exposure to cocaine and other drugs. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 7, 196-207.

Leventhal, A. M., Kahler, C. W., Ray, L. A., Stone, K. C., Young, D., Chelminski, I., & Zimmerman, M. (2008). Anhedonia and amotivation in psychiatric outpatients with fully remitted stimulant use disorder. American Journal on Addictions, 17, 218-223.

Sanford, S. D., Bush, A. J., Stone, K. C., Lichstein, K. L., & Aguillard, N. (2008). Psychometric evaluation of the Beck Anxiety Inventory: A sample with sleep-disordered breathing. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 6, 193-205.

Stone, K. C., Taylor, D. J., McCrae, C. S., Kalsekar, A., & Lichstein, K. L. (2008). Nonrestorative sleep. Sleep Medicine Review, 12, 275-288.

Lichstein, K. L., Stone, K. C., Nau, S. D., McCrae, C. S., & Payne, K. L. (2006). Insomnia in the elderly. Sleep Medicine Clinics, 1, 221-229.

Lichstein, K. L., Stone, K. C., Donaldson, J., Nau, S. D., Soeffing, J. P., Murray, D., Lester, K. W., & Aguillard, R. N. (2006). Actigraphy validation with insomnia. Sleep, 29, 232-239.

Nau, S. D., McCrae, C. S., Cook (Stone), K., & Lichstein, K. L. (2005). Treatment of insomnia in older adults. Clinical Psychology Review, 25, 645-672.

research overview

Currently seeking research assistants!

Location: The Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk

To apply send an email and CV/resume(with current GPA/GPA equivalent) to Include details of any prior research experience.

research statement

Postpartum Sleep Effects on Smoking Relapse – The Rest Assured Study

Rates of postpartum smoking relapse are high (70-90%) among women who quit smoking in anticipation of or during pregnancy, despite the fact that relapse is unintentional for a substantial number of these women. In addition to well-established health consequences for smokers, maternal smoking poses health risks for infants, including respiratory and gastrointestinal problems. Standard relapse prevention interventions are not effective for postpartum women. Sleep loss and sleep fragmentation, prevalent for the first 3 months postpartum, may contribute to this problem. Poor sleep is known to diminish stress management skills and behavioral coping and may impact relapse prevention among new mothers through these and other mechanisms. The primary goals of this project are 1) to measure unique postpartum factors, such as sleep duration and continuity, to see if those factors affect new mothers' ability to stay smoke-free and 2) to develop, refine, and pilot test an integrative smoking relapse prevention intervention for postpartum women called Rest Assured. The long-term objective of this research is to foster postpartum relapse prevention for women with a history of smoking, which, in turn, would improve the overall health of postpartum women and their families.