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Sleep and Anxiety
Center for Kids
University of Houston
4505 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77204
Phone: 713-743-3400
Fax: 713-743-8633
Email: SACK@uh.edu

Publications

Authored Books

Beidel BookD.C. Beidel & C.A. Alfano (2011), Childhood Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to Research and Treatment (2nd edition). Taylor & Francis/Routledge Mental Health; New York, NY.

Edited Books

Alfano Book

C.A. Alfano & D.C. Beidel (2011), Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults: Translating Developmental Science into Practice. American Psychological Association; Washington, D.C.

Alfano Book

C.A. Alfano & D.C. Beidel (2014), Comprehensive Evidence Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents. John Wiley & Sons; Hoboken, NJ

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Smith, V., Leppert, K., Alfano, C.A. & Dougherty, L. (in press). Construct Validity of the Parent-Child Sleep Interactions Scale (PSIS): Associations with Parenting, Family Stress, and Psychopathology. Sleep Medicine.

Patriquin, M., Mellman, T., Glaze. D. & Alfano, C.A. (in press). Polysomnographic sleep characteristics of generally-anxious and healthy children assessed in the home environment. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Cowie, J., Alfano, C.A., Patriquin, M. Reynolds, K., Clementi, M. & Talavera, D. (in press). Addressing Sleep in Children with Anxiety Disorders. Sleep Medicine Clinics.

Clementi, M. & Alfano, C.A. (2014). Targeted Behavioral Therapy for childhood generalized anxiety disorder: A time-series analysis of changes in anxiety and sleep. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 215–222.

Alfano, C.A., Reynolds, K.C., Reddy, R., Reuter, T., Pane, P & Sharp, C. (in press). Poor sleep quality is related to decreased emotional arousal in healthy girls. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.

Alfano, C.A., Smith, V., Reynolds, K., Reddy, R. & Dougherty, L. (2013). The Parent-Child Sleep Interactions Scale (PSIS) for Preschoolers: Factor Structure and Initial Psychometric Properties. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 9, 1153-1160

Alfano, C.A., Reynolds, K.C. Scott, N., Dahl, R.E. & Mellman, T.A. (2013). Polysomnographic sleep pattern of non-medicated, non-depressed children with generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders,147, 379-384.

Alfano, C.A. (2012). Are children with ‘pure’ generalized anxiety disorder functionally impaired? A comparison with comorbid and healthy children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 739-745.

Kim, K.L., Reynolds, K. & Alfano, C.A. (2012). Social functioning in children with obsessive compulsive disorder: do comorbid ADHD symptoms account for impairment? Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 1, 228–233.

Hall Brown, T., Mellman, T.A., Alfano, C.A. & Weems, C.F. (2011). Sleep Fears, Sleep Disturbance and PTSD symptoms in Minority Youth Exposed to Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24, 575-80.

Scharfstein, L., Alfano, C.A., Beidel, D.C. & Wong, N. (2011). Children with Generalized Anxiety Disorder Do Not Have Peer Problems, Just Fewer Friends. Child Psychiatry & Human Development. On-line Ahead of Print.

Alfano, C.A. & Kim, K.L. (2011). Objective sleep patterns and symptom severity in pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): A pilot study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 835-839.

Rooney, M., Alfano, C.A., Parr, A. & Walsh, K. (2011). Differential diagnosis and treatment of obsessive-compulsive, inattentive and sleep symptoms in a 7-year-old with PDD-NOS. Journal of Clinical Case Studies, 21, 133-46.

De Los Reyes, A., Alfano, C.A., & Beidel, D.C. (2011). Are clinicians' assessments of improvements in children's functioning "Global"? Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 281–294.

Beidel, D.C., Rao, P.A., Scharfstein, L. Wong, N. & Alfano, C.A. (2010). Social skills and social phobia: an investigation of DSM-IV subtypes. Behavior Research and Therapy, 48, 992-1001.

Alfano, C.A., Pina, A.A., Zerr, A.G. & Villalta, I.K. (2010). Pre-sleep arousal and sleep problems of anxiety-disordered youth. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 41, 156–167.

De Los Reyes, A., Alfano, C.A., & Beidel, D.C. (2010). The relations among measurements of informant discrepancies within a multisite trial of treatments for childhood social phobia. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 395-404.

Alfano, C.A. & Gamble, A. (2009). The role of sleep in childhood psychiatric disorders. Child Youth Care Forum, 38, 327–340

Alfano, C.A., Pina, A.A., Villata, I.K., Beidel, D.C., Ammerman, R.T. & Crosby, L., (2009). Mediators and moderators of outcome in the behavioral treatment of childhood social phobia. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 48, 945-953.

Alfano, C.A., Zakem, A.H., Costa, N.M., Taylor, L.K. & Weems, C.F. (2009). Sleep problems and their relation to cognitive factors, anxiety and depressive symptoms in children and adolescents. Depression & Anxiety, 26, 503-512.

Alfano, C.A., Beidel, D.C. & Turner, S.M. (2008). Negative self-imagery in adolescents with social phobia: a test of an adult model of the disorder. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 327-336.

Kingery, J., Ginsburg, G.S. & Alfano, C.A. (2007). Somatic symptoms and anxiety among African American adolescents. Journal of Black Psychology, 33, 363-378.  

Alfano, C.A., Ginsburg, G.S. & Kingery, J. (2007). Sleep-related problems among children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46, 224-232.

Alfano, C.A., Beidel, D.C. & Turner, S.M. (2006). Cognitive correlates of social phobia among children and adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 34, 182-194.

Alfano, C.A., Beidel, D.C., Turner, S.M. & Lewin, D.S. (2006). Preliminary evidence for sleep complaints among children referred for anxiety. Sleep Medicine, 7, 467-473.

Alfano, C.A., Beidel, D.C. & Turner, S.M. (2002). Cognition in childhood anxiety: Conceptual, developmental, and methodological issues. Clinical Psychology Review, 22, 1209-1238.

Pina, A.A., Silverman, W.K., Alfano, C.A., & Saavedra, L.M. (2002). Diagnostic efficiency of symptoms in the diagnosis of DSM-IV generalized anxiety disorder in youth. Journal of Child Psychology, Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 43, 1-9.

Beidel, D.C., Ferrell, C., Alfano, C.A., & Yeganeh, R. (2001). The treatment of childhood Social Anxiety Disorder. The Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 24, 831-845.