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SleepWell Lab Announcements and Activities

2019

November 2019

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Above: Rebecca Ludwig, doctoral student in the SleepWell Lab, presented a platform session on the systematic review she lead examining how sleep disturbances in the acute stage of concussion is associated with poorer long-term outcomes at American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine annual conference in Chicago, Ill.

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Above: Siengsukon and colleagues presented on assessment and rehabilitation strategies in managing fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis at American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine annual conference in Chicago, Ill.

October 2019

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Above: Siengsukon was selected to receive the School of Health Professions Faclty Research Investigator Award. Presenting the award is Sandra Billinger, Siengsukon's friend and colleague.

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Above: the MS STEP UP program at KU Medical Center, co-directed by Siengsukon and Troshynski Brown, accepted its third cohort of scholars.

September 2019

Siengsukon presented an educational session with other clinicians on adaptations of behavior sleep interventions for complex patients and a poster presentation on CBT-I to address insomnia and fatigue in individuals with multiple sclerosis at the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine's annual conference in Birmingham, Ala.

June 2019

Siengsukon was interviewed on the Concussion Corner Podcast in a two-part series to discuss how sleep changes after experiencing a concussion and practical tips to enhance sleep in individuals with concussions. Listen on Apple. Listen on FM.

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Above: Stacy Coffyn and Alexandra Wileman presented a platform presentation on the impact of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and brief sleep education in individuals with multiple sclerosis at the Consortium of MS Centers in Seattle, Wash.

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Above: Physical therapy student Katelyn Gibbons presented a poster on the development and implementation of the MS STEP UP at the Consortium of MS Centers in Seattle, Wash.

May 2019

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Above: Siengsukon participated in panel discussion on why sleep matters with physical therapists from Brazil, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Jordan (including former KU alumna Mayis Aldughmi) at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress in Geneva, Switzerland.


2018

June 2018

Siengsukon presented a platform session on findings from a study assessing the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to address insomnia symptoms in individuals with multiple sclerosis at the Consortium of MS Centers in Nashville, Tenn.

February 2018

Siengsukon was interviewed on the Pain Reframed podcast to discuss the relationship between sleep and persistent pain and ways physical therapists can incorporate sleep health promotion techniques into practice. Listen to the episode.

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Above: Siengsukon and Troshynski-Brown presented a platform session on development of the MS STEP UP program in New Orleans, La., at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting.

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Above: Sydney Jamison presented a poster on research from the SleepWell Lab on sleep quality and cognitive performance in physical therapy students at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, La.


2017

December 2017

Siengsukon was interviewed by Joe Tatta on The Healing Pain podcast. The title of her interview was “Listen to Can Better Sleep Contribute to Less Pain?” Listen to the episode.

October 2017

Siengsukon was awarded a $44,000 pilot grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia to address insomnia symptoms in individuals with multiple sclerosis.

Siengsukon and Patricia Kluding provided an education session at the American Physical Therapy Association Education Leadership Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on positive peer pressure and peer mentoring.

July 2017

Siengsukon and Stacia Troshynski Brown launch the KU Medical Center MS STEP UP program. Read news story.

June 2017

Siengsukon was invited to serve on the MidAmerica Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Healthcare Advisory Committee.

Siengsukon was invited to discuss sleep and pain during a pre-conference course titled “Keep Calm and Manage Pain, From Research to Clinical Practice” in February 2018 at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, La.

April 2017

Siengsukon attended an advanced course on cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) through the University of Pennsylvania.

Research from the SleepWell Lab, finding executive function is associated with offline motor learning in people with chronic stroke, was published in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

A paper titled “Individuals with Mild Multiple Sclerosis with Poor Sleep Quality Have Impaired Visuospatial Memory and Lower Perceived Functional Abilities” was published in the Disability and Health Journal.

February 2017

Siengsukon provided an educational session with Janet Bezner of Texas State University titled “Sleepless in San Antonio: Guiding Patients to Better Sleep & Wellbeing” at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Siengsukon also provided a session about promoting sleep health during a pre-conference course titled “Prevention and Health Promotion in Physical Therapist Practice: The Time is NOW!” that was a collaboration between multiple presenters.


2016

November 2016

Research from the dissertation project of lab team member Mais Al-Dughmi, Ph.D., PT, is published in Neurologic Research. The study found that higher perceived fatigue is associated with poorer sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness in people with multiple sclerosis.

Results from a study supported from a National Multiple Sclerosis Society pilot grant were published in Multiple Sclerosis—Experimental, Translational, and Clinical. The study found that individuals with multiple sclerosis who participated in exercise interventions experienced improved sleep quality and daytime sleepiness.

Student presents to audience with slideshow on screenJune 2016

Siengsukon and doctoral student Mais Al-dughmi traveled to the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers annual meeting in National Harbor, Md. Mais (right) presented on her dissertation work on fatigue, fatigability, and sleep in people with MS.

Siengsukon gave two platform presentations and one poster presentation on the lab’s work in sleep in people with MS.

February 2016

Siengsukon presented a poster titled “A Survey of Physical Therapists’ Perception and Attitude About Sleep” at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

Katie Sienguskon stands on the floor of the Kansas legislatureLeft: Siengsukon was invited to be recognized on the Kansas House Floor during Multiple Sclerosis Action Day which is organized by the MidAmerica Chapter of the National MS Society.


2015

October 2015

Siengsukon participated in a symposium about chronic pain with other health care providers and individuals with chronic pain. She provided a talk about sleep and chronic pain.

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