IUPUI psychology professor and IU School of Medicine professor receive NIH grant to study whether internet treatment of insomnia reduces inflammation in people with HIV

November 9, 2021 by School of Medicine Webmaster

By: Katie Oakley

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Indianapolis—Jesse C. Stewart, Ph.D., a professor of psychology, and Samir K. Gupta, MD, MS, a professor at IU School of Medicine, have received a National Institutes of Health grant totaling $425,537. The funding will be used to study whether a cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) delivered over the internet, known as Sleep Healthy Using the Internet (SHUTi), improves insomnia symptoms and reduces systemic inflammation in people with HIV.

“Insomnia is a significant health issue in people with HIV. Up to 50% of people with HIV report sleep disturbances, including insomnia. These sleep disturbances could be due to the direct effects of HIV on the central nervous system, the side effects of some HIV medications, HIV-related stigma, stress, depression, anxiety, and/or substance use,” explained Stewart. Read more