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Michelle Rissling

Michelle Rissling
Duke University, Mid-Atlantic MIRECC, Durham, NC

Ph.D.

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Introduction
I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at the VISN 6 MIRECC at the Durham VA. I work with Drs. Patrick Calhoun and Jeanne Beckam at the Durham VA and Drs. Jamie Zeitzer and Julie Weitlauf at the Palo Alto VA/Stanford University. My research focus is in sleep, trauma, women and aging. My goals are to characterize sleep disturbances in older men and women and improve psychological interventions for sleep disturbances in older adults.
Additional affiliations
September 2012 - present
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2008 - December 2012
University of California, San Diego
Education
August 2005 - August 2012
San Diego State University/University of California San Diego
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology

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Publications (21)
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Purpose To examine long-term cognitive effects of chemotherapy and identify predictors among women with breast cancer (WBC). Patients and methods Sixty-nine WBC scheduled to receive chemotherapy, and 64 matched-controls with no cancer, participated. Objective and subjective cognition, total sleep time, nap time, circadian activity rhythms (CAR), s...
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PurposeThe goal of this study was to examine whether daily increased morning light exposure would maintain or improve sleep and the circadian pattern of relatively more activity in the day and less during the night in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.Patients and Methods Participants were 39 women with newly diagnosed breast cancer,...
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Prior research has demonstrated that individuals exposed to trauma have shown impaired autonomic function. We sought to determine if heart rate variability (HRV), a marker of impaired autonomic function, differed across periods of wake, rest, and sleep as a function of the level of symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A sample of young...
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While a relationship between disruption of circadian rhythms and the progression of cancer has been hypothesized in field and epidemiologic studies, it has never been unequivocally demonstrated. We determined the circadian rhythm of cortisol and sleep in women with advanced breast cancer (ABC) under the conditions necessary to allow for the precise...
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Purpose of the Study: To compare the prevalence and cardiometabolic health impact of sleep disturbance among postmenopausal Veteran and non-Veteran participants in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Design and Methods: The prevalence of five categories of sleep disturbance—medication/alcohol use for sleep; risk for insomnia; risk for sleep disor...
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Background: Although a large body of literature has linked posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with poor physical health among older veterans, less is known regarding the association between PTSD and health among relatively younger cohorts of veterans. Objective: The current study examined the association between PTSD and self-reported health a...
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Objective: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been linked to reduced heart rate variability (HRV), which is in turn a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death. Although hyperarousal and anxiety are thought to underlie this association, behavioral health risks, including smoking, alcohol dependence, obesity, and sleep disturbance, rep...
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Sleep disturbance, fatigue and depression are common complaints in patients with cancer, and often contribute to worse quality of life (QoL). Circadian activity rhythms (CARs) are often disrupted in cancer patients. These symptoms worsen during treatment, but less is known about their long-term trajectory. Sixty-eight women with stage I-III breast...
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9504 Background: Few studies have examined how polysomnographic (PSG) measured sleep disturbance is associated with negative affect and markers of health status among women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Methods: 91 women with MBC (aged 57.9 ± 7.3 yrs) and Karnofsky ratings of at least 70 were recruited. We used latent profile analysis to ide...
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BACKGROUND: Breast cancer (BC) patients often experience cancer-related fatigue (CRF) before, during, and after their chemotherapy. Circadian rhythms are 24-hour cycles of behavior and physiology that are generated by internal pacemakers and entrained by zeitgebers (e.g., light). A few studies have suggested a relationship between fatigue and circa...
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Purpose: During chemotherapy, women with breast cancer not only experience poor quality of life (QOL), they also have little exposure to bright light, which has been shown to be associated with depression, fatigue, and poor sleep in other chronic illnesses. This study examined whether increased light exposure would have a positive effect on QOL....
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Circadian rhythms (CRs) are commonly disrupted in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer (BC). Bright light improves and strengthens CRs in other populations. This randomized controlled study examined the effect of morning administration of bright light therapy on CRs in women undergoing chemotherapy for BC. It was hypothesized that women...
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This study examined the longitudinal relation between health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) and subjective and objective sleep quality in 166 women with newly diagnosed Stage-1 through Stage-3 breast cancer, who were scheduled to receive ≥ 4 cycles of adjuvant/neoadjuvant chemotherapy. HR-QOL was assessed with the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item S...
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Fatigue and sleep disturbances are two of the most common and distressing symptoms reported by cancer patients. Fatigue and sleep are also correlated with each other. While fatigue has been reported to be associated with some inflammatory markers, data about the relationship between cancer-related sleep disturbances and inflammatory markers are lim...
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Fatigue and sleep disturbances are two of the most common and distressing symptoms of cancer patients. A relationship between the two symptoms was reported in symptom cluster studies; however, only subjective measurements of sleep were examined and most studies were cross-sectional. In this study of women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy,...
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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Insomnia is a significant problem in breast cancer patients, affecting between 20% to 70% of newly diagnosed or recently treated cancer patients. Pain, fatigue, anxiety, and depression are also common conditions in breast cancer and often co-occur with insomnia in symptom clusters, exace...
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The goal of this study was to examine the relationship between menopausal symptoms, sleep quality, and mood as measured by actigraphy and self-report prior to treatment and at the end of four cycles of chemotherapy in women with breast cancer. Data on sleep quality (measured using actigraphy and self-report) and mood were collected prior to treatme...
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Fatigue is one of the most disturbing complaints of cancer patients and is often the reason for discontinuing treatment. This randomized controlled study tested the hypothesis that increased morning bright light, compared to dim light, would result in less fatigue in women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy. Thirty-nine women newly diagnose...
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Prior cross-sectional studies have shown that cancer patients have sleep-wake activity cycles that show little distinction between daytime and nighttime, a pattern indicative of circadian disruption. This pattern is seen both before and during cancer treatment. Long-term data are needed, however, to assess to what extent circadian rhythm impairment...
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The concept of symptom clusters is relatively new in cancer patients' symptom management. This study, which spanned four cycles of chemotherapy, combined three commonly seen pre-treatment symptoms in cancer patients (i.e. sleep disturbances, fatigue and depression) into one symptom cluster, to explore the associations between pre-treatment cluster...

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