Morning Light Therapy for Tourette's Disorder

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Morning Light Therapy for Tourette's Disorder

Dr. Ricketts will discuss her research studies evaluating circadian rhythms and short-wavelength morning light therapy in children and adults with Tourette’s disorder. She will discuss the association between circadian timing and Tourette’s disorder, and the extent to which wearable, short-wavelength morning light therapy is associated advances in circadian timing and improvements in tic severity, cooccurring psychiatric symptoms, and daytime functioning. Dr. Ricketts will also discuss the implications of this research for providing a non-pharmacological intervention for Tourette’s disorder.

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Presented by 
Emily Ricketts, Ph.D.
Emily Ricketts, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

University of California, Los Angeles

2021 Young Investigator Grant


Dr. Ricketts is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at University of California, Los Angeles. She performs research, treatment, and clinical and research supervision in the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program. Her research centers on sleep and circadian disturbance and associated interventions (e.g., morning light therapy, thermal therapy, behavior therapy) in Tourette’s disorder, obsessive-compulsive-related disorders, and associated conditions. Her research incorporates multimodal assessment of sleep and circadian rhythms, including sleep diary, actigraphy, and salivary melatonin assessment.

Moderated by
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein served as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association from 2012 - 2023.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.