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Patricia Haynes PhD, CBSM

Patricia  Haynes PhD, CBSM

Associate Professor

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Drachman Hall A250
PO Box: 245209
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 626-1855


Dr. Haynes is an Associate Professor in Health Promotion Sciences and a licensed clinical psychologist with an expertise in sleep psychology, depression and anxiety, and intervention research. Her research program investigates how stressful life events affect sleep and daily routine to increase risk for depression, stress-related disorders, and obesity. Dr. Haynes is the principal investigator of the NIH-NHLBI funded Assessing Daily Activity Patterns Through Occupational Transitions (ADAPT) study ( examining the impact of job loss on daily lifestyle. Her work examining sleep-related outcomes in veterans with PTSD has been funded by the Department of Defense, the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, and the Institute for Mental Health Research. The overall focus of her research program is on the development and testing of behavioral interventions and health promotion campaigns that have the potential to improve sleep, mental, and physical health.

Dr. Haynes is committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and maintains active collaborations with researchers in the UA College of Public Health, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, Psychology Department, and Department of Human Studies and Family Development. She also partners with WellAmerica ( and the Tucson Fire Department ( to provide brief behavioral interventions and develop programs to foster first responder mental health and resiliency. She provided clinical services to Veterans at VA Health Care Systems in San Diego, Albuquerque and Tucson for over 12 years and uses this expertise consulting with the national CBT-insomnia dissemination initiative, where she co-authored training and assessment materials. She enjoys teaching evidenced-based evaluation and intervention methodology to trainees at all levels.

Education and Licensure

BA, Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1996

MS, Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 2001

PhD, Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University/ University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, CA, 2003

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Behavioral Sleep Psychology, University of Arizona, 2003-2005

Dr. Haynes completed her clinical internship at the Southwest Consortium Doctoral Psychology Internship through the New Mexico VA Healthcare System (2003) and is licensed as a psychologist in the State of Arizona (2006). She achieved a Specialty Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine from the American Sleep Medicine Foundation in 2008.

Research Synopsis

Sleep is an excellent barometer of our mental and physical health. Meta-analytic studies suggest that insufficient sleep and insomnia increase the risk of developing obesity and related serious medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even mortality. In addition, sleep problems precede and exacerbate mental health conditions. Researchers have found that insomnia increases the likelihood of depression, suicidality and alcohol use. We also reported findings in that less sleep increases aggression in adolescents. Some researchers have suggested that good sleep may be as important as diet and physical activity in our daily lifestyle. Unfortunately, poor sleep quality is highly prevalent in the U.S., and the average sleep duration has steadily declined nationwide.

The overall goal of our research program is to develop and test behavioral interventions and health promotion campaigns that have the potential to improve sleep, mental, and physical health. We have two inter-related lines of research investigating sleep and social rhythms in the context of mental and physical health outcomes. The first line of research investigates constructs in the social rhythm model. The second line of research investigates sleep disturbance as a mechanism for negative health outcomes.

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