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Sara Matteson-Rusby

TitleClinical Assistant Professor
InstitutionSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
 Awards And Honors
2003     National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program Recipient (7/03)
1993     Phi Beta Kappa (5/93)
2001     Discovery Seed Grant, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center (3/01)
1993     Magna Cum Laude (5/93)
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.

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  1. Pigeon WR, Moynihan J, Matteson-Rusby S, Jungquist CR, Xia Y, Tu X, Perlis ML. Comparative effectiveness of CBT interventions for co-morbid chronic pain & insomnia: a pilot study. Behav Res Ther. 2012 Nov; 50(11):685-9.
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  2. Jungquist CR, Tra Y, Smith MT, Pigeon WR, Matteson-Rusby S, Xia Y, Perlis ML. The durability of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in patients with chronic pain. Sleep Disord. 2012; 2012:679648.
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  3. Roscoe JA, Perlis ML, Pigeon WR, O'Neill KH, Heckler CE, Matteson-Rusby SE, Palesh OG, Shayne M, Huston A. Few changes observed in polysomnographic-assessed sleep before and after completion of chemotherapy. J Psychosom Res. 2011 Dec; 71(6):423-8.
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  4. Jungquist CR, O'Brien C, Matteson-Rusby S, Smith MT, Pigeon WR, Xia Y, Lu N, Perlis ML. The efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia in patients with chronic pain. Sleep Med. 2010 Mar; 11(3):302-9.
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  5. Matteson-Rusby SE, Pigeon WR, Gehrman P, Perlis ML. Why treat insomnia? Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2010; 12(1):PCC.08r00743.
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  6. Perlis ML, Swinkels CM, Gehrman PR, Pigeon WR, Matteson-Rusby SE, Jungquist CR. The incidence and temporal patterning of insomnia: a pilot study. J Sleep Res. 2010 Mar; 19(1 Pt 1):31-5.
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  7. Roscoe JA, Kaufman ME, Matteson-Rusby SE, Palesh OG, Ryan JL, Kohli S, Perlis ML, Morrow GR. Cancer-related fatigue and sleep disorders. Oncologist. 2007; 12 Suppl 1:35-42.
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  8. Matteson S, Roscoe J, Hickok J, Morrow GR. The role of behavioral conditioning in the development of nausea. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2002 May; 186(5 Suppl Understanding):S239-43.
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