Kristen C. StoneAssistant 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.
Location: The Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk
To apply to assist with research send an email and CV/resume(with current GPA/GPA equivalent) to Kristen_Stone@Brown.edu. Include details of any prior research experience.
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.
Early Career Distinguished Research Award, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 2008
American Academy of Sleep Medicine Abstract Press Release, 2008
1. Validating actigraphic measures of insomnia. Methodist Healthcare Foundation. Total costs, $19,270. 2003-2005, Co-Investigator.
2. Sexual messages and cognitions as contributors to women's sexual contentment. The University of Memphis Psychology Department Dissertation Award. Total costs, $1,500. 2005-2006, Principal Investigator.
3. A tailored Actiwatch algorithm for insomnia. Mini Mitter/ Respironics. Total costs, $ 47,310. (Funded but declined due to dispute over intellectual property rights.) 2006, Co-Investigator.
4. Postpartum sleep effects on smoking relapse (1R21DA026448 01). National Institute on Drug Abuse. Total costs, $406,643. 2009-2011. Principal Investigator.
Dr. Stone has taught courses including personality theory, statistics, introduction to psychology, introduction to clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, and diagnosis and treatment of emotional and behavioral health disorders.