William DS Killgore, PhD

Editorial Board Member

Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School, USA

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Dr. William D. S. Killgore holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas Tech University. He completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at Yale School of Medicine, and postdoctoral fellowships in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in functional neuroimaging at Harvard Medical School. He spent 5 years on active duty as an Army Research Psychologist assigned to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), where he conducted laboratory studies of sleep deprivation and its effects on cognitive functioning. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a Research Psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. His research program aims to address the psychological health burden of military personnel and to sustain and enhance warfighter performance, with particular emphasis on sleep related issues. He was recently awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award in Neuroscience to use multimodal neuroimaging techniques to investigate the neural basis for the ability to resist the adverse effects of sleep deprivation on cognition. In addition, his research program also utilizes functional neuroimaging techniques to: 1) identify the neurocircuitry that is affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, 2) identify the brain systems underlying Emotional Intelligence and resilience capacities, 3) evaluate the effectiveness of a short wavelength bright light treatment for improving sleep disruptions among individuals with mild traumatic brain injury, and 4) evaluate the effectiveness of an internet-based cognitive therapy program for treating depression. He has published 93 peer-reviewed articles, 12 book chapters and editorials, and over 200 scientific conference abstracts. Dr. Killgore serves on the Editorial Board of three peer reviewed journals and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for over 70 journals in the fields of psychology, sleep research, and neuroscience.

Research Interest

Dr. William D. S. Killgore's research interests include: Sleep disorders, Higher order cognition and executive functions

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