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Aric A. Prather, PhD

Photograph of Aric A. PratherDr. Prather is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF. His research focuses on complex interactions between psychological processes and sleep as they relate to physical and mental illness. With expertise in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), much of his research involves understanding how psychosocial factors affect the immune system, with emphasis on inflammatory pathways as a key biological mechanism.

Dr. Prather received his Ph.D. in Clinical and Biological & Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2010 following completion of his Clinical Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship at Duke University Medical Center. Prior to his Ph.D. he received a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.


Dr. Prather and colleagues have published a new article that shows that "Poor Sleep May Be Most Harmful to Women with Heart Disease." The paper was recently published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research and you can read it here.

Read Aric A. Prather's new paper, "Impact of Sleep Quality on Amygdala Reactivity, Negative Affect, and Perceived Stress."

See Dr. Prather's new finding about how sleep impacts immune funtion in a dramatic way: Sleep and Antibody Response to Hepatitis B Vaccination in SLEEP. You can also read it about it in the Huffington Post, Time Magazine, WebMD, The New York Times, and other media outlets. You can also hear about it on Scientific American's 60 Second Science podcast.

Aric will be presenting Poor sleep potentiates the effects of stress-induced rumination on immune and endocrine dynamics at the 42nd Annual ISPNE Conference in New York this September.

Aric will be presenting Strange Bedfellows: Understanding the complex inter-relationships between sleep, stress and the immune system at the 38th Annual Conference of the Biofeedback Society of California in Burlingame, CA on Saturday, November 3rd.

Aric has just received a new K08 award, "Sleep as a novel pathway linking chronic psychological stress and inflammation," from the National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute


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