Leslie Swanson, PhD

Leslie Swanson, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Her research focuses on sleep in perinatal mental health, with a particular interest in sleep-based interventions to improve outcomes in perinatal depression. Past publications include a pilot open label trial of CBT-Insomnia in postpartum depression, results from a study of insomnia, depression, and anxiety symptoms in perinatal women seeking psychiatric care, and a study of sleep symptoms in postpartum women with a history of childhood trauma. Her current research is supported by the Gilmore Fund for Sleep Research and Education and a K23 Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Drs. Chervin and O’Brien are two of the mentors on her K23. Dr. Swanson is currently conducting a pilot trial of light therapy delivered via light glasses for postpartum depression, and a randomized controlled trial of positive airway pressure for sleep-disordered breathing during pregnancy, with a focus on depression outcomes (including cortisol levels).