Michele Okun, Ph.D.

Michele Okun, Ph.D.

Michele Okun, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Psychology
COLU 4028
By Appointment

Professional Summary

Dr. Michele Okun is an instructor in the UCCS Psychology Department. Before joining the UCCS team, she was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Areas of Interest

Sleep Health, Health Psychology, Psychoneuroimmunology, Pregnancy/Postpartum

Education

  • B.A. University of California Santa Barbara 
  • M.A. San Francisco State University
  • Ph.D. University of Colorado Denver 

Courses

  • PSY 3060 - Health Psychology
  • PSY 3270 - Introduction to Biopsychology
  • PSY 3480 - Sleep and Health (Special Topics in Psychology)
  • PSY 4270 - Seminar in Biopsychology

Certifications

Online Teaching Certificate

Representative Publications

  • Hux, VJ. Roberts, JM. Okun, ML. (2017). Allostatic load in early pregnancy is associated with poor sleep quality. Sleep Medicine.33:85-90. PMID: 28449913
  • Okun ML, Luther JF, Wisniewski SR, and Wisner KL (2013)   Disturbed sleep and inflammatory cytokine in depressed and nondepressed pregnant women: An exploratory analysis of pregnant women.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(7):670-81. PMID: 23864582.
  • Okun ML, Schetter CD, Glynn LM (2011). Poor sleep quality is associated with preterm birth. SLEEP, 34(11): 1493-8. PMID: 22043120.
  • Okun ML, Luther J, Prather AA, Perel JM, Wisniewski S, Wisner KL. (2011). Changes in sleep quality, but not hormones predict time to postpartum depression recurrence. J Affective Disorders. 130(3): 378-84. PMID: 20708275
  • Okun ML and Coussons-Read ME (2007). Sleep Disruption during Pregnancy: How Does it Influence Serum Cytokines? Journal of Reproductive Immunology 73(2):158-65 PMID: 17074396.
  • Hux, VJ. Roberts, JM. Okun, ML. (2017). Allostatic load in early pregnancy is associated with poor sleep quality. Sleep Medicine.33:85-90. PMID: 28449913
  • Okun ML, Luther JF, Wisniewski SR, and Wisner KL (2013)   Disturbed sleep and inflammatory cytokine in depressed and nondepressed pregnant women: An exploratory analysis of pregnant women.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(7):670-81. PMID: 23864582.
  • Okun ML, Schetter CD, Glynn LM (2011). Poor sleep quality is associated with preterm birth. SLEEP, 34(11): 1493-8. PMID: 22043120.
  • Okun ML, Luther J, Prather AA, Perel JM, Wisniewski S, Wisner KL. (2011). Changes in sleep quality, but not hormones predict time to postpartum depression recurrence. J Affective Disorders. 130(3): 378-84. PMID: 20708275
  • Okun ML and Coussons-Read ME (2007). Sleep Disruption during Pregnancy: How Does it Influence Serum Cytokines? Journal of Reproductive Immunology 73(2):158-65 PMID: 17074396.

Organizations

  • Sleep Research Society 
  • American Psychosomatic Society

Representative and Recent Service/Leadership Roles

  • IRB Reviewer
  • Served as ad hoc reviewer for more than 25 journals
  • Served on NIH and DOD study sections

Curriculum Vitae