Sara Matteson-Rusby, PsyD. CBSM is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology with adults and is well versed in the psychosocial aspects of chronic illness. Her areas of expertise include behavioral sleep medicine, in which she earned her certification in 2008, methods of coping with pain, grief, and trauma. The relationship between sleep disturbance and these issues are of particular interest to her. Dr. Matteson-Rusby completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia and a trained as a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Rochester Cancer Center where she conducted research regarding methods of controlling side effects associated with cancer treatment, including nausea, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties.
She joined the University of Rochester Sleep and Neurophysiology Research Laboratory full time in May of 2005 and has been involved with several research studies exploring ways to manage insomnia in a variety of clinic populations including those with depression, chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Matteson-Rusby has co-authored several articles on the topics of control of side effects of cancer treatment, insomnia, and the relationship between sleep disturbances and health conditions, and presented some of her findings at national conferences. She is currently a research assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and the director of the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic at the Strong Sleep Disorders Center, a service she began in September of 2006.