William David Brown, PhD, DABSM, CBSM, has treated hundreds of patients for a full range of sleep disorders over the past twenty-three years while serving as the clinical director of several hospital-based and free-standing sleep centers. He is currently a Sleep Psychologist at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, where he is the primary clinician diagnosing and treating pediatric insomnia using behavioral techniques. Additionally, he is starting a fellowship in pediatric behavioral sleep medicine and serves as Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he obtained his training in sleep medicine.
Dr. Brown is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine (one of the few PhDs in the United States to hold that distinction), a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and is certified in behavioral sleep medicine. He is a provider of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the mainstay in insomnia treatment today. He is among an elite group of fewer than 200 doctors in the United States who treat insomnia and are certified in behavioral sleep medicine.
His academic writing on the subject of sleep has included articles for academic journals as well as coauthoring and contributing to books on sleep medicine (see list below). As lead author of a groundbreaking research paper on adolescent sleep habits and driving, Dr. Brown helped demonstrate that sleep duration and school start times have a negative effect on a teen’s ability to drive. Dr. Brown subsequently was invited to address all drivers’ education instructors for the state of New Hampshire on the topic of sleep as a safety issue for new drivers. In the early 1990s, Dr. Brown was hired by the Employees Assistance Program (EAP) for the State of New Hampshire to provide education on the importance of sleep for all state employees when the state implemented its zero-tolerance policy for employees falling asleep at work. He did the same for the National Transportation Safety Board in New Hampshire when new hours of service rules were being developed for truck drivers.
Dr. Brown is currently involved in research on thermoregulation and sleep, sleep for children with muscular dystrophy, and the use of a novel device to improve muscle functioning and sleep.