Michael Terman, PhD, is a leading authority on the circadian clock and directs the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. He also founded the Center for Environmental Therapeutics and has been widely featured in the media, including on the major TV networks, NPR, and international news syndicates.Ian McMahan, PhD, is a widely published, award-winning developmental psychologist whose work includes fiction as well as academic and scholarly texts. He is a professor emeritus of psychology at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.
Like all living organisms, we have an internal clock that sets the timing of our daily behavior and physiology. Also shared is our sensitivity to the environmental fluctuations of light and darkness. Chronobiology seeks to harness this new knowledge to understand critical aspects of the when and why of human behavior. Why does someone become depressed at this particular time of year? Why does one s attention flag every afternoon at the same time? Why can t our children go to sleep until well after midnight? "Chronotherapy" picks up the baton, seeking to provide rhythm-changing interventions that address these problems. And there is no one that has led the development of this field more so than psychologist Michael Terman of Columbia University. From the now-mainstream use of bright light therapy, through explanations of melatonin usage, sleep timing modifications, and dawn simulation the full range of rhythm-shifting strategies is laid out in basic and elegant fashion. This book points us towards a new and enriched age of mental health care. John Gottlieb, M.D., Northwestern University, from the Foreword"