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VISN 4 MIRECC Pittsburgh Investigators and Mentors - Martica Hall, Ph.D.

Martica Hall, Ph.D.
MIRECC Role(s): Fellowship Co-Mentor
Bio: Dr. Hall is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Hall’s research bridges two traditionally independent fields, biobehavioral medicine and sleep medicine. Her research program focuses on the sleep-health relationship, with a special emphasis on the pathways by which psychological stressors affect sleep. She has conducted naturalistic and experimental studies of acute and chronic stress and their effects on sleep in various populations including adolescents, college students, parents of sick children, women during menopause, patients with insomnia or major depression, mid- and late-life caregivers, and elders with bereavement-related depression.
Dr. Hall has been the recipient of career development and independent investigator awards from the NIH and actively collaborates with colleagues on other NIH-funded studies in the areas of psychophysiology, endocrinology, psychoneuroimmunology, neurobiology and cardiovascular disease. As Director of the Sleep Assessment and Resources Core of the Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center (, Dr. Hall has developed educational programs and workshops to foster the growth of sleep research within the field of biobehavioral medicine research at local, national and international levels.
Research Interests: Dr. Hall’s research interests include:
1) stress-related sleep disturbances and their health consequences, with a special emphasis on chronic stressors such as caregiving and shift work,
2) psychological, physiological and behavioral correlates of insomnia and their relation to health, with a special emphasis on markers of hyperarousal,
3) psychological, physiological and behavioral correlates of sleep in aging and their relation to health, with a special emphasis on the menopause and late-life and
4) sleep as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, with a special emphasis on psychological stress and inflammation.