Faculty Profile

Dr. Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy.D.

Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Professional Interests

Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy.D., C.BSM is Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Neurology as well as Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is board certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a distinction held by less than 175 people worldwide. A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Harris received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. Dr. Harris completed her predoctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center where she trained in the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, and has received advanced postdoctoral training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depressive disorders. 


As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Harris specializes in behavioral sleep medicine and CBT for anxiety and depression. She has published and presented research on the neuropsychological effects of insomnia in older adults as well as behavioral treatments for insomnia, parasomnias, narcolepsy and excessive daytime sleepiness. Dr. Harris currently supervises students from the Montefiore Psychology Internship, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program and the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center Fellowship. Dr. Harris is a consultant for the New York Times "Consults Blog" and is frequently quoted in the media, including The New York Times "Well Blog", The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Cosmopolitan and Fitness Magazines. She has appeared on the Today Show, World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America Health, ABC7-NY's Eyewittness News and ABC's Primetime: Live. Dr. Harris writes a montly sleep column for Dr. Oz's website, youbeauty.com as well as psychologytoday.com.

Selected Publications

Monderer R. Harris, S.F., Thorpy, M. (in press). Neurologic Aspects of Sleep Medicine. In: MJ Aminoff and SA Josephson (eds.) Aminoff’s Neurology and General Medicine, Fifth Edition. Elsevier Press.

Harris S. and Monderer R. (2013) Insomnia Due to Mental Illness. In: Kushida C.A. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Sleep, Vol. 2, pp. 214-219. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

Monderer R. Harris, S.F., Thorpy, M. (2013) Pharmacologic Treatment of Insomnia. In: Kushida C.A. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Sleep, Vol. 2, pp. 296-301. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

Harris, S.F., Monderer, R., Thorpy, M. (2012). Hypersomnias of Central Origin. Neurologic Clinics. 30(4), 1027-44.

Ahmed, I., Thorpy, M., Harris, S.F. (2012). Differential Diagnosis of Hypersomnia. Sleep Medicine Clinics. 7(2), 191-204.

Harris, S.F., Thorpy, M. (2012). Diagnosis and Treatment of Parasomnias. In. T. Barkoukis and A. Avidon (eds.). Review of Sleep Medicine, 3rd edition.

Harris, S.F., Thorpy. M. (2011). Behavioral Treatment of Sleepiness. In M. Thorpy and Billiard, M. (eds). Sleepiness.CambridgeUniversity Press.Elsevier,USA.

Pandi-Perumal SR, D. WarrenSpence D, Harris, S.F., Thorpy M & Kramer M. (2010). Parasomnias. In. Encyclopedia of Psychopharmacology. I.P. Stolerman (ed.).Springer-Verlag,UK.

Harris, S.F., Thorpy, M. (2010).Behavioral and Psychiatric Treatment of Parasomnias. In M. Thorpy & Plazzi, G. (eds). The Parasomnias and Other Sleep-Related Movement Disorders.  CambridgeUniversity Press.

Monderer, R., Harris, S.F. (2009). Non-pharmacological treatment for narcolepsy. In  M. Thorpy, M.      Goswami & Pandi-Perumal, S.R. (eds). Narcolepsy: A Clinical Guide. NJ: Humana Press.

Schmutte, T., Harris, S.F.,  Levin, R,  Zweig, R., Katz, M., & Lipton, R. (2007). The relationship between cognitive functioning and self-reported sleep complaints in non-demented older adults: Results    from the Bronx Aging Study. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 5, 39-56.

Friedmann, P., Herman, D., Freedman, S., Lemon, S., Ramsey, S., & Stein, M. (2003). Treatment of sleep disturbance in alcohol recovery: A national survey of addiction medicine physicians. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 22, 91-103.

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Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Shelby Harris

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In the News

The New York Times' Consult blog hosts Drs. Michael J. Thorpy and Shelby Freedman Harris. The two will answer reader questions about insomnia and sleeplessness the week of June 21.

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