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Emerson M. Wickwire, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Psychiatry

Secondary Appointment(s):

Medicine

Additional Title:

Director, Insomnia Program

Location:

100 N. Greene St, 2nd Floor

Phone (Primary):

410-706-4771

Phone (Secondary):

410-706-0345

Fax:

410-706-0345

Education and Training

Fellowship, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Certificate, Business Matters for Scientists, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Residency, Psychology (concentration: sleep), The University of Mississippi Medical Center

PhD, Psychology, The University of Memphis

MS, Psychology, The University of Memphis

MA, English, Middlebury College

BA, English, Boston College

Biosketch

Dr. Emerson Wickwire is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Director of the Insomnia Program at the University of Maryland Midtown Medical Center. Dr. Wickwire completed his advanced training in sleep at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he also served as Assistant Professor. He previously co-founded a leading interdisciplinary sleep medicine center that became a model for comprehensive sleep medicine centers throughout the country. He is a frequently sought after expert and has been featured in publications including US News and World Report, Fast Company, the Baltimore Sun, and numerous others.

Dr. Wickwire has published over 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and scientific abstracts, and 20 articles for the professional audience on topics such as telehealth and telemedicine, home sleep apnea testing, corporate sleep health, and patient communication skills. He serves on the editorial advisory board of Sleep Review and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. He was recently named the 2017 recipient of the Stuart Quan Award for Editorial Excellence.

Dr. Wickwire is also an active and award-winning educator, having served on the education committees of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, National Sleep Foundation, and American Pain Society. He holds a special interest in sleep in military populations and serves as a local site director for the Walter Reed National Army Medical Center/National Capitol Consortium sleep medicine fellowship. He is President of the Maryland Sleep Society (2015-2017).

An active speaker, Dr. Wickwire has presented invited lectures at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NASA - Goddard, the University of Maryland, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, NC, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, and elsewhere. His presentations on human motivation and behavior change were selected by his peers among the top 1% of over 1300 medical presentations in 2011.

Personally, Dr. Wickwire is deeply interested in literature, the arts, and the life of the mind. In addition to his scientific and applied endeavors, he is a past award recipient from the National Endowment of the Humanities, and he also spent two semesters studying literature at the University of Oxford, UK. His hard won insights into leadership, character, and personal responsibility were learned over two decades on the wrestling mats, as a former Academic All-American wrestler at NCAA Division I Boston College and successful high school wrestling coach. Today his greatest joys are spending time with his wife and son.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Sleep, sleep medicine, behavioral, sleep health economics, health services, traumatic brain injury, quality of life

Highlighted Publications

Wickwire EM, Geiger-Brown J, Scharf SM, Drake CL. Shift work and Shift Work Sleep Disorder: Clinical and organizational perspectives. Chest. 2016 Dec 21. pii: S0012-3692(16)62598-9. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2016.12.007. [Epub ahead of print] 

Wickwire EM. Value-based sleep in the workplace. Sleep. 2016 Oct 1;39(10):1767-1768. 

Wickwire EM, Williams SG, Roth T, Capaldi VF, Jaffe M, Moline M, Motamedi GK, Morgan GW, Mysliwiec V, Germain A, Pazdan RM, Ferziger R, Balkin TJ, MacDonald ME, Macek TA, Yochelson MR, Scharf SM, Lettieri CJ. Sleep, sleep disorders, and mild traumatic brain injury. What we know and what we need to know: Findings from a national working group. Neurotherapeutics. 2016 Mar 22:1-5.

Czeisler CA, Wickwire EM, Barger LK, Dement WC, Gamble K, Hartenbaum N, Ohayon MM, Pelayo R, Phillips B, Strohl K, Tefft B. Sleep-deprived motor vehicle operators are unfit to drive: a multidisciplinary expert consensus statement on drowsy driving. Sleep Health. 2016 Jun 30;2(2):94-9.

Tom SE, Wickwire EM, Park Y, Albrecht JS. Nonbenzodiazepine sedative hypnotics and risk of fall-related injury. Sleep. 2016 May 1;39(5):1009-14.

Wickwire EM, Shaya FA, Scharf SM. Health economics of insomnia treatments: The return on investment for a good night’s sleep. Sleep Med Rev. 2015 Nov 28;30:72-82.

Wickwire EM, Lettieri CJ, Cairns AA, Collop NA. Maximizing positive airway pressure adherence in adults: a common-sense approach. CHEST Journal. 2013 Aug 1;144(2):680-93.

Wickwire EM, Smith MT, Birnbaum S, Collop NA. Sleep maintenance insomnia complaints predict poor CPAP adherence: a clinical case series. Sleep medicine. 2010 Sep 30;11(8):772-6.

Wickwire EM, Collop NA. Insomnia and sleep-related breathing disorders. CHEST Journal. 2010 Jun 1;137(6):1449-63.

Wickwire EM, Schumacher JA, Clarke EJ. Patient‐reported benefits from the pre‐sleep routine approach to treating insomnia: Findings from a treatment development trial. Sleep and Biological Rhythms. 2009 Apr 1;7(2):71-7.

Grants and Contracts

ResMed Corp                                                                                                 3/1/2017-3/30/2020

Impact of untreated OSA and beneficial effect of PAP adherence on health care utilization among Medicare Beneficiaries with obstructive sleep apnea.

Total costs: $248,947

Role: Principal Investigator

 

Merck & Co                                                                                                   1/4/2017-1/4/2019

Trends in insomnia diagnosis and treatment of insomnia and impact on healthcare utilization among older adult Medicare beneficiaries, 2006-2013.

Total costs: $256,455

Role: Principal Investigator

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