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Michele Lee Okun

TitleAsst Professor Adjoint
InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs
DepartmentTrauma, Health & Hazard Center
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    TitleLecturer
    InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs
    DepartmentBeth-El Health Sciences


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    K99NR010813     (OKUN, MICHELE L)Sep 1, 2007 - May 31, 2009
    NIH/NINR
    Pregnancy-Related Sleep Disturbances May Increase Pregnancy Complications
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R00NR010813     (OKUN, MICHELE L)Jun 1, 2009 - May 31, 2013
    NIH/NINR
    Pregnancy-Related Sleep Disturbances May Increase Pregnancy Complications
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Baker JH, Rothenberger SD, Kline CE, Okun ML. Exercise During Early Pregnancy is Associated With Greater Sleep Continuity. Behav Sleep Med. 2016 Oct 14; 1-14. PMID: 27739877.
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    2. Okun ML. Disturbed Sleep and Postpartum Depression. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2016 Jul; 18(7):66. PMID: 27222140.
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    3. Okun ML. Sleep and postpartum depression. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2015 Nov; 28(6):490-6. PMID: 26382160.
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    4. Ebert RM, Wood A, Okun ML. Minimal Effect of Daytime Napping Behavior on Nocturnal Sleep in Pregnant Women. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015 Jun 15; 11(6):635-43. PMID: 25766712; PMCID: PMC4442224.
    5. Okun ML, Buysse DJ, Hall MH. Identifying Insomnia in Early Pregnancy: Validation of the Insomnia Symptoms Questionnaire (ISQ) in Pregnant Women. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015 Jun 15; 11(6):645-54. PMID: 25766716; PMCID: PMC4442225.
    6. Sit D, Luther J, Buysse D, Dills JL, Eng H, Okun M, Wisniewski S, Wisner KL. Suicidal ideation in depressed postpartum women: Associations with childhood trauma, sleep disturbance and anxiety. J Psychiatr Res. 2015 Jul-Aug; 66-67:95-104. PMID: 26001587; PMCID: PMC4458196.
    7. Ghetti C, Lee M, Oliphant S, Okun M, Lowder JL. Sleep quality in women seeking care for pelvic organ prolapse. Maturitas. 2015 Feb; 80(2):155-61. PMID: 25465518; PMCID: PMC4307380.
    8. Okun ML, Ebert R, Saini B. A review of sleep-promoting medications used in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Apr; 212(4):428-41. PMID: 25448509.
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    9. Kline CE, Irish LA, Buysse DJ, Kravitz HM, Okun ML, Owens JF, Hall MH. Sleep hygiene behaviors among midlife women with insomnia or sleep-disordered breathing: the SWAN sleep study. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Nov; 23(11):894-903. PMID: 25353709; PMCID: PMC4236092.
    10. Okun ML, Tolge M, Hall M. Low socioeconomic status negatively affects sleep in pregnant women. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2014 Mar-Apr; 43(2):160-7. PMID: 24617761; PMCID: PMC4084506.
    11. Haney A, Buysse DJ, Rosario BL, Chen YF, Okun ML. Sleep disturbance and cardiometabolic risk factors in early pregnancy: a preliminary study. Sleep Med. 2014 Apr; 15(4):444-50. PMID: 24657205; PMCID: PMC4084505.
    12. Haney A, Buysse DJ, Okun M. Sleep and pregnancy-induced hypertension: a possible target for intervention? J Clin Sleep Med. 2013 Dec 15; 9(12):1349-56. PMID: 24340300; PMCID: PMC3836349.
    13. Okun ML, Kline CE, Roberts JM, Wettlaufer B, Glover K, Hall M. Prevalence of sleep deficiency in early gestation and its associations with stress and depressive symptoms. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Dec; 22(12):1028-37. PMID: 24117003; PMCID: PMC3852611.
    14. Okun ML, Luther JF, Wisniewski SR, Wisner KL. Disturbed sleep and inflammatory cytokines in depressed and nondepressed pregnant women: an exploratory analysis of pregnancy outcomes. Psychosom Med. 2013 Sep; 75(7):670-81. PMID: 23864582; PMCID: PMC3926698.
    15. Hall MH, Okun ML, Sowers M, Matthews KA, Kravitz HM, Hardin K, Buysse DJ, Bromberger JT, Owens JF, Karpov I, Sanders MH. Sleep is associated with the metabolic syndrome in a multi-ethnic cohort of midlife women: the SWAN Sleep Study. Sleep. 2012 Jun 01; 35(6):783-90. PMID: 22654197; PMCID: PMC3353036.
    16. Okun ML, Schetter CD, Glynn LM. Poor sleep quality is associated with preterm birth. Sleep. 2011 Nov 01; 34(11):1493-8. PMID: 22043120; PMCID: PMC3198204.
    17. Okun ML, Luther JF, Wisniewski SR, Sit D, Prairie BA, Wisner KL. Disturbed sleep, a novel risk factor for preterm birth? J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Jan; 21(1):54-60. PMID: 21967121; PMCID: PMC3256561.
    18. Okun ML, Kiewra K, Luther JF, Wisniewski SR, Wisner KL. Sleep disturbances in depressed and nondepressed pregnant women. Depress Anxiety. 2011 Aug; 28(8):676-85. PMID: 21608086; PMCID: PMC3145808.
    19. Okun ML. Biological Consequences of Disturbed Sleep: Important Mediators of Health? Jpn Psychol Res. 2011 May 01; 53(2):163-176. PMID: 23620604.
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    20. Okun ML, Levine MD, Houck P, Perkins KA, Marcus MD. Subjective sleep disturbance during a smoking cessation program: associations with relapse. Addict Behav. 2011 Aug; 36(8):861-4. PMID: 21482029; PMCID: PMC3588159.
    21. Okun ML, Reynolds CF, Buysse DJ, Monk TH, Mazumdar S, Begley A, Hall M. Sleep variability, health-related practices, and inflammatory markers in a community dwelling sample of older adults. Psychosom Med. 2011 Feb-Mar; 73(2):142-50. PMID: 21097658; PMCID: PMC3106426.
    22. Okun ML, Luther J, Prather AA, Perel JM, Wisniewski S, Wisner KL. Changes in sleep quality, but not hormones predict time to postpartum depression recurrence. J Affect Disord. 2011 May; 130(3):378-84. PMID: 20708275; PMCID: PMC3006083.
    23. Reynolds CF, Serody L, Okun ML, Hall M, Houck PR, Patrick S, Maurer J, Bensasi S, Mazumdar S, Bell B, Nebes RD, Miller MD, Dew MA, Nofzinger EA. Protecting sleep, promoting health in later life: a randomized clinical trial. Psychosom Med. 2010 Feb; 72(2):178-86. PMID: 19995884; PMCID: PMC2846078.
    24. Okun ML, Krafty RT, Buysse DJ, Monk TH, Reynolds CF, Begley A, Hall M. What constitutes too long of a delay? Determining the cortisol awakening response (CAR) using self-report and PSG-assessed wake time. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2010 Apr; 35(3):460-8. PMID: 19762158; PMCID: PMC2823961.
    25. Okun ML, Roberts JM, Marsland AL, Hall M. How disturbed sleep may be a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2009 Apr; 64(4):273-80. PMID: 19296861; PMCID: PMC2880322.
    26. Okun ML, Kravitz HM, Sowers MF, Moul DE, Buysse DJ, Hall M. Psychometric evaluation of the Insomnia Symptom Questionnaire: a self-report measure to identify chronic insomnia. J Clin Sleep Med. 2009 Feb 15; 5(1):41-51. PMID: 19317380; PMCID: PMC2637165.
    27. Okun ML, Hanusa BH, Hall M, Wisner KL. Sleep complaints in late pregnancy and the recurrence of postpartum depression. Behav Sleep Med. 2009; 7(2):106-17. PMID: 19330583; PMCID: PMC2909658.
    28. Okun ML, Coussons-Read M, Hall M. Disturbed sleep is associated with increased C-reactive protein in young women. Brain Behav Immun. 2009 Mar; 23(3):351-4. PMID: 19007876; PMCID: PMC2909667.
    29. Okun ML, Hall M, Coussons-Read ME. Sleep disturbances increase interleukin-6 production during pregnancy: implications for pregnancy complications. Reprod Sci. 2007 Sep; 14(6):560-7. PMID: 17959884.
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    30. Okun ML, Coussons-Read ME. Sleep disruption during pregnancy: how does it influence serum cytokines? J Reprod Immunol. 2007 Apr; 73(2):158-65. PMID: 17074396.
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    31. Coussons-Read ME, Okun ML, Nettles CD. Psychosocial stress increases inflammatory markers and alters cytokine production across pregnancy. Brain Behav Immun. 2007 Mar; 21(3):343-50. PMID: 17029703.
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    32. Ohayon MM, Okun ML. Occurrence of sleep disorders in the families of narcoleptic patients. Neurology. 2006 Aug 22; 67(4):703-5. PMID: 16924030.
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    33. Coussons-Read ME, Okun ML, Schmitt MP, Giese S. Prenatal stress alters cytokine levels in a manner that may endanger human pregnancy. Psychosom Med. 2005 Jul-Aug; 67(4):625-31. PMID: 16046378.
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    34. Okun ML, Giese S, Lin L, Einen M, Mignot E, Coussons-Read ME. Exploring the cytokine and endocrine involvement in narcolepsy. Brain Behav Immun. 2004 Jul; 18(4):326-32. PMID: 15157949.
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    35. Dauvilliers Y, Carlander B, Molinari N, Desautels A, Okun M, Tafti M, Montplaisir J, Mignot E, Billiard M. Month of birth as a risk factor for narcolepsy. Sleep. 2003 Sep; 26(6):663-5. PMID: 14572117.
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    36. Mignot E, Lammers GJ, Ripley B, Okun M, Nevsimalova S, Overeem S, Vankova J, Black J, Harsh J, Bassetti C, Schrader H, Nishino S. The role of cerebrospinal fluid hypocretin measurement in the diagnosis of narcolepsy and other hypersomnias. Arch Neurol. 2002 Oct; 59(10):1553-62. PMID: 12374492.
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    37. Hong SC, Park SA, Han JH, Lee SP, Lin L, Okun M, Nishino S, Mignot E. HLA and hypocretin studies in Korean patients with narcolepsy. Sleep. 2002 Jun 15; 25(4):440-4. PMID: 12071546.
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    38. Okun ML, Lin L, Pelin Z, Hong S, Mignot E. Clinical aspects of narcolepsy-cataplexy across ethnic groups. Sleep. 2002 Feb 01; 25(1):27-35. PMID: 11833858.
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