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Christina McCrae, PhD

Associate Professor
(Ph.D., 1999, Washington University in St. Louis)

Office: 352-273-6053
Sleep Research Lab

Link to PHHP Research Profile

Full CV 


Dr. Christina McCrae is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. She is also a Florida Licensed Psychologist and Director of the Insomnia & Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic at the UF&Shands Sleep Disorders Center. Dr. McCrae received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 (Clinical Psychology).  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Memphis in 2001 (Behavioral Sleep Medicine) and a psychology residency at the University of Florida in 2003 (Behavioral Medicine). 

Research Focus  

Dr. McCrae’s research has been NIH-funded since 2005 and focuses on the mechanisms underlying normal and pathological sleep, the link between sleep and cognition, and the efficacy and effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat insomnia in older individuals, dementia caregivers, and medical populations (pain, cardiac disease, cancer, and end stage renal disease). Her research involves the examination of within-person variability in treatment outcomes in longitudinal, cognitive-behavioral protocols as well as the use of neuroimaging to study the impact of cognitive-behavioral treatment protocols for insomnia and pain on brain structure and function. 

Current Grants as Principal Investigator
Sleep and Pain Interventions in Fibromyalgia:  Hyperalgesia and Central Sensitization
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases  

Goal:  To compare effects of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for insomnia (CBTi) and CBT for Pain (CBT-P) on pain and sleep outcomes in Fibromyalgia patients, and to explore the mechanisms underlying sleep and pain. 

Sleep and Pain Interventions in Fibromyalgia:  Hyperalgesia and Central Sensitization
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases  

Goal: To extend the Parent Project to investigate the neural underpinnings of those changes by examining baseline and post-treatment neuroimaging data following cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia.  

Current Grants as Co-Investigator

Cognitive-Behavioral Effects on Sleep, Pain, and Cytokines in Gynecologic Cancer
R01 CA138808 (Pereira)
National Cancer Institute  

Goal:  To examine the effects of a combined Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for insomnia and pain (CBT-IP) on sleep, pain, and cytokines in patients with gynecological cancer.  

Sleep in Informal Caregivers of Dementia Patients
R01 AG039495 (Rowe)
National Institute on Aging  

Goal: To compare the effects of cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia (CBTi) to combined CBTi a nighttime monitoring device on sleep and other biopsychosocial outcomes in caregivers of dementia patients. 

Completed Grants as Principal Investigator  

Intraindividual Variability in Sleep and Cognitive Performance in Older Adults
R21 AG024459
National Institute on Aging

Goal:  To confirm the effects of sleep treatment on sleep outcomes, to explore transfer of sleep intervention to cognition, and to investigate the dynamic relationship between sleep and cognition over time.  

Sleep in Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute  

Goal:  To develop, implement, and test cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia for use with ICD patients.   

Sleep in Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute  

Goal:  To study cognitive functioning/performance and sleep in cardiac patients with ICDs.  

Trial of a multi-component exercise promotion intervention for older adults
UF Aging Network Research Enhancement Fund 

Goal: To examine the impact of a 16 week exercise intervention on sleep, cognition, and other outcomes in sedentary, community-dwelling older adults.  

Completed Grants as Consultant/Co-Investigator:
Implementing Behavioral Insomnia Treatment for Older Adults in Rural Primary Care Settings
ORHP/MO: DO4RHOO242 (McGovern)

Goal: To compare two brief behavioral interventions for insomnia in older adults seen in rural primary care settings.  

Professional Memberships 

  •  American Academy of Sleep Medicine (156092)
  • American Psychological Association (7641-7712)
  • Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (0015)
  • Sleep Research Society (156092) 

Professional Licensure and Certification 

  • Psychologist (Florida License, #PY 6742, 2003-present)
  • Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (CBSM), American Board of Sleep Medicine, 2005-present  


  • Health Psychology Area Head, Clinical & Health Psychology, 2012-present
  • President, Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 2011-present
  • Editorial Board, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 2009-present
  • Member, Executive Board, American Board of Sleep Medicine, 2009-present
  • Chair, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Examination Task Force, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2008-2010
  • Chair, Insomnia section, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2007-2010 

Courses Taught 

  • Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  • Psychotherapy with Older Adults
  • Group Therapy
  • Group Supervision
  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Issues & Concepts in Gerontology
  • Ethical, Legal, & Financial Foundations of Geriatric Care Management
  • Professional Development in Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • Introduction to Research in Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Human Development 

Representative Publications  

Anderson, R. J., McCrae, C. S., Staud, R., Berry, R. B., & Robinson, M. E. Predictors of clinical pain in fibroymyalgia: Examining the role of sleep. (in press). Journal of Pain

McCrae, C. S., Vatthauer*, K. E., Dzierzewski*, J. M., & Marsiske, M. (in press). Habitual sleep, reasoning, and processing speed in older adults with sleep complaints. Cognitive Therapy and Research.  

Dautovich*, N. D., Kay*, D., Perlis, M. L., Dzierzewski*, J. M., Rowe, M. A., & McCrae, C. S. (in press). Day-to-day Variability in Nap Duration Predicts Medical Morbidity in Older Adults. Health Psychology. 

Buman, M. P., Giacobbi, P. R., Dzierzewski*, J. M., Aiken Morgan, A., McCrae, C. S., Roberts, B. L., & Marsiske, M., (in press). Peer volunteers improve long-term maintenance of physical activity in older adults: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.   

Kay*, D. B., Dzierzewski*, J., Rowe, M. A., & McCrae, C. S. (2012). Greater night-to-night variability in sleep discrepancy among older adults with a sleep complaint compared to noncomplaining older adults. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 10, 1–15.  

Rowe, M. A., Kairalla, J. A., & McCrae, C. S. (2010).  Sleep in dementia caregivers and the effect of a nighttime monitoring system.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42(3), 338-347.  

Dzierzewski*, J. D., Williams*, J., Roditi, D., Marsiske, M., McCoy, K. J. M., McNamara*, J. P. H., Dautovich*, N., & Robinson, M. E., & McCrae, C. S. (2010). Daily variations in objective nighttime sleep and subjective morning pain in older adults with insomnia: Evidence of covariation over time. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(5), 925-930. 

Cross*, N. J., McCrae, C. S., Smith, K. M., Conti, J. B., & Sears, S. F. (2010). Comparison of actigraphic and subjective measures of sleep in implantable cardioverter defibrillator and coronary artery disease patients. Clinical Cardiology, 33(12), 753-759. 

O’Brien, E. M., Waxenberg, L. B., Atchison, J. W., Gremillion, H. A., Staud, R. M., McCrae, C. S., &  Robinson, M. E. (2010). Negative mood mediates the effect of poor sleep on increased pain among chronic pain patients. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 26 (4), 310-319. 

Soeffing, J. P., Lichstein, K. L., Nau, S. D., McCrae, C. S., Wilson, N. M., Aguillard, R. N., Lester, K. W., & Bush, A. J. (2008). Psychological treatment of insomnia in hypnotic-dependant older adults. Sleep Medicine, 9(2),165-171.  

Rowe, M. A., McCrae, C. S., Campbell, J., & PeBenito, A. (2008). Sleep pattern differences between older adult caregivers and older adult noncaregivers using objective and subjective measures. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 4, 362-369.  

Rowe, M. A., McCrae, C. S., Campbell, J., Cheng, J., Horne, C., Tiegs, T., & Lehman, B. (2008). Actigraphy in Older Adults: Comparison of Stability and Variability of Three Different Lengths of Measurement. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 6(2), 127-145.  

McCrae, C. S., Wilson, N. M., Lichstein, K. L., Durrence, H. H., Taylor, D. J., Riedel, B. W., & Bush, A. J. (2008). Self-reported sleep, demographics, health, and daytime functioning in young old and old old community-dwelling seniors. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 6(2), 106-126.   

McCrae, C. S., McNamara*, J. P. H., Rowe, M. A., Dzierzewski*, J. M., Dirk, J., Marsiske, M., & Craggs, J. G. (2008). Sleep and affect in older adults:  Using multilevel modeling to examine daily associations. Journal of Sleep Research, 17, 42-53.  

Dautovich*, N. D., McCrae, C. S., & Rowe, M. A. (2008). The association between napping and nocturnal sleep in a sample of community-dwelling older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,56, 1681-1686.  

McCrae, C. S., McGovern, R., Lukefahr, R., & Stripling*, A. (2007). Research evaluating brief behavioral sleep treatments for rural elderly (RESTORE):  A preliminary examination of effectiveness. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 15(11), 979-982.  

*indicates current or former mentee