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Christi S. Ulmer, PhD


Christi S. Ulmer, PhD 


Christi Ulmer is a Clinical Research Psychologist in Health Services Research and Development in Primary Care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.  Dr. Ulmer's research activities are focused on increasing Veteran access to behavioral sleep medicine, developing interventions to address trauma-related sleep disturbance, and evaluating and treating the adverse health consequences of sleep disturbance in Veterans.


  • 2006 PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Louisville
  • 2006 Internship in Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine Specialty Track, Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Palo Alto, CA
  • 2004 M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Louisville
  • 1988 B.S. in Geology, University of Louisville


  • 2013-present: VA Research Career Development Awardee, Health Services Research and Development, Durham VA Medical Center
  • 2010-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
  • 2010-present: Clinical Research Psychologist, HSR&D, Durham VA Medical Center
  • 2010-2011: VA Research Career Development Awardee, HSR&D, Durham VA Medical Center
  • 2007-2010: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
  • 2006-2009: Health Services Research Specialist, HSR&D, Durham VA Medical Center


VA Funded Studies
Role:  Principal Investigator
Title:  A Stepped Care Model for Treating Sleep Disturbance in OEF/OIF Veterans
Source:  Veterans Affairs Office of Research & Development
Mentors:  Jean C. Beckham (Primary), Hayden B. Bosworth , Anne Germain, Corrine Voils, and Maren Olsen
Dates:  October 2013-September 2017

Role:  Principal Investigator
Title:  Self-Management Materials for Sleep Disturbance in Recently Deployed Veterans
Source: MIRECC Clinical Education Grant
Dates:  October 2011-September 2012

Non-VA Funded Studies
Role:  Principal Investigator
Title:  Is Increased Heart Rate Variability a Consequence of Improved Sleep in Veterans with PTSD?
Source: Institute for Medical Research
Dates:  January 2012-January 2014

Role:  Principal Investigator
Title:  Is Reduced Blood Pressure a Consequence of Improved Sleep Following a Behavioral Sleep Intervention for Adults with PTSD?
Source: J. Christian Gillin, M.D. Research Grant Program, Sleep Research Society Foundation.
Dates:  January 2012 – January 2013 

View Dr. Ulmer's PubMed Link to see her publications