ABOUT US

Patricia Haynes, PhD

Associate Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Dr. Haynes is a licensed clinical psychologist at the University of Arizona with expertise in the areas of sleep and stress. Her research has been funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, and the Institute for Mental Health Research. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego / San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications and therapy manuals, including the cognitive behavior therapy manual teaching VA providers how to recognize and treat sleep problems in patients with PTSD. She is one of 200 providers nationwide and one of only four in Arizona with a certification in behavioral sleep medicine from the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Haynes' research areas include: Cognitive behavioral therapy, social and biological circadian rhythms, stressful life events, and cross-disciplinary models of mood dysregulation. In her free time, Dr. Haynes enjoys walking in the desert with her husband and two daughters, attempting to garden, and, of course, sleeping.


Devan Gengler, BS

Research Specialist
Devan Gengler is the Project Coordinator for the ADAPT study. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Psychology. In the psychology department, she worked as a research assistant studying the interaction between sleep, physical health, and social interactions in the context of marital separation. She also worked as the lab manager of the Youth Activism Lab in the Sociology department on a project studying youths’ civic engagement online and in person. Ultimately, Devan plans to pursue an advanced degree in public health. As a Tucson native, Devan loves spending time outdoors hiking, running, camping, and enjoying all the great Mexican food Tucson has to offer.


April Brookshier, BS

Research Technician
April graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Public Health. During her undergraduate study, she worked as a research assistant in Radiation Oncology on a variety of clinical trials involving radiation treatments for different types of cancers. She plans on furthering her public health education by pursuing graduate school, and she is interested in researching the link between lifestyle factors and cancer development. April is a Tucson native, and enjoys attending U of A basketball games, reading, and playing with her 3 dogs and 2 cats.


Darlynn Rojo-Wissar, BA

Research Assistant
Darlynn Rojo-Wissar is a Research Assistant and Graduate Student. She graduated with her BA in Psychology and minor in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Public Health in Maternal Child Health through the University of Arizona. Darlynn’s career goals are to conduct and disseminate research on the effects of early adversity on mental and physical health across the lifespan to inform law and policy. Darlynn's hobbies include playing with her dog Flower (named after the skunk from Bambi), being a Girl Scout leader, and volunteering at multiple organizations involved in improving the health of at-risk children.


Joe Morales, BSHS, EMT-B

Research Technician
Joe is a graduate student in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine MS Program. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Health Sciences, majoring in Physiology with a minor in Psychology. Prior to his involvement with the ADAPT Study, Joe managed Ready.Set.StartSmart!, a childhood obesity educational intervention program in the University of Arizona College of Medicine’s Pediatrics Department. He also volunteered as a clinical research assistant for the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center. Joe aspires to become a physician one day and become an expert in managing chronic, autoimmune diseases and psychoneuroimmunology. In his free time, Joe enjoys running, reading, visiting hospice patients, trying out different restaurants in Tucson and singing karaoke with his friends and family.


Emily Adams, BS

Research Assistant
Emily is a graduate student in the Master’s of Social Work Program at Arizona State University. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Family Studies and Human Development. Before joining ADAPT, she worked as a research assistant studying children of divorced older adult parents, the impact of divorce on older adults, and marital representations and adult attachment. She also worked as a camp counselor and intern for the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health’s Healthy 2 B Me wellness camp at the University of Arizona, where she promoted activities designed to teach wellness, including nutrition, cooking, sun safety, dental health, hygiene, and community and team building experiences. Ultimately, she plans on becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) promoting health and wellness to community members and assisting clients experiencing difficulties with mental and emotional health.


Lilya Oshana

Research Assistant
Lilya is a undergraduate majoring in Physiology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. She has an interest in research that is involved in nutrition and how it affects the human body. Lilya plans on pursing medical school to become a pediatrician.


Graciela E. Silva, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, University of Arizona, College of Nursing
Dr. Silva obtained her Doctorate degree in Epidemiology with a minor in Biostatistics from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Her research focus is on sleep, sleep disordered breathing, obesity, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and infectious diseases. She enjoys teaching and has taught several university courses including biostatistics, epidemiology, research methods, and evidence-based practice. She is also participating in an NSF funded study to promote sleep education in elementary-school children, a study to evaluate telehealth technology in hospice patients, and a HRSA funded interprofessional collaborative primary care practice study. In her free time she enjoys bicycle rides, weight training, playing drums, and of course sleeping.


Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD

Professor of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Director of the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, University of Arizona
Dr. Cynthia Thomson is a doctoral trained nutrition scientist and registered dietitian who leads a focused research program in lifestyle behaviors and cancer survivorship. She currently leads the multi-site, NRG Lifestyle Intervention in ovarian cancer Enhanced Survival (LIVES), the largest trial ever undertaken to evaluate the role of diet and physical activity in promoting progression-free survival among women previously treated for ovarian cancer. In addition Dr. Thomson has an R01 to evaluate the role of di-indolylmethane (vs placebo) in enhancing tamoxifen efficacy in breast cancer survivors. She directs the UACC Behavioral measurements shared resource, a service designed to support lifestyle interventions and related behavior measurements in cancer prevention research. Additionally she directs the UA Canyon ranch center for Prevention and Health promotion a center whose goal is to promote healthy lifestyles in Tucsonans as well as the Arizona Smokers Helpline, a tobacco cessation helpline reaching out support all Arizonans in their quest to stop tobacco use.


Stuart F. Quan, MD

Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Section, University of Arizona College of Medicine and Gerald E. McGinnis Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Dr. Quan is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He did residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, and fellowships in Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and University of Arizona respectively. He moved to Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in 2007 where he currently is the Gerald E. McGinnis Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Senior Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In addition, he is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Arizona where he was Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Associate Head of the Department of Medicine, Program Director of the GCRC and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (2004-2014). Dr. Quan also has served as the president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (1999-2000), been on the board of directors of the American Board of Sleep Medicine (1990-1996). a member of the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; and chair of the Sleep Medicine examination committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine. Recently, he was a member of the Steering Committee that developed the new sleep scoring manual for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and is currently the Editor of the Sleep and Health Education Program at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine, Associate Editor of the Southwest Journal of Pulmonary and Critical Care and Deputy Editor of Sleep. He also is the Clinical Director of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is the recipient of the Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service and William C. Dement Academic Achievement Awards, both conferred by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Quan's current research activities focus on the epidemiology of sleep and sleep disorders, particularly sleep disordered breathing.


Emily A. Butler, PhD

Associate Professor of Family Studies and Human Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona
Emily Butler is an Associate Professor of Family Studies & Human Development at the University of Arizona. She received her PhD from Stanford University in Psychology. Dr. Butler conducts research on emotional, self-regulatory and relationship mechanisms that contribute to physical and mental health and teaches graduate statistics. Her research has been funded by NHLBI, NSF, and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Butler is also an avid outdoors-person and spends her summers living in a tent, rock-climbing, mountain biking, and mountaineering.


  • George W. Howe, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at The George Washington University
  • Duane Sherrill, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona

Arizona Research Laboratories Biocomputing Facility (BCF) strives to facilitate inclusion of computational methods and techniques at various stages of the discovery process across all life sciences disciplines, with the primary aim of simplifying and automating these processes through innovation, education and training. BCF provides Mobile Health and Behavior Research support: the use of technologies to improve health and well-being, such as mobile phones, wearable computers, tablets, and myriad sensors -- along with administrative web applications for management, coordination, and data aggregation.


  • Nirav Merchant, MS, Director of Information Technology for Arizona Research Laboratories, University of Arizona
  • Susan Miller, MS, Deputy Director for Research Cyberinfrastructure, ARL