Kenneth Lichstein earned his Ph.D. in child clinical psychology in 1976 at the University of Tennessee, but soon thereafter his interests turned to mid-aged and older adults. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology, The University of Alabama. He recently served as Chair of this department and previously served as Director of Clinical Training at the University of Memphis. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and is Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Early in his career he explored a number of different areas of behavioral medicine including basic psychophysiology, relaxation therapy, anxiety disorders, and headaches. For the past 30 years, his research has focused on sleep with an emphasis on psychological processes in late-life insomnia, hypnotic-dependent insomnia, comorbid insomnia, and epidemiology of sleep. Professor Lichstein's research has been supported continuously from 1988-2015 by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, private foundations, and industry. He has published over 190 articles/chapters and has authored, coauthored, or co-edited six books. Professor Lichstein has served on the editorial board of a number of journals including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Sleep. He is the founding editor of the journal Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and was a member of the founding Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Professor Lichstein was the 2017 recipient of the Peter Hauri Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.