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Alyssa T. Brooks National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, USA

Alyssa T. Brooks is a Scientific Program Specialist in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center Nursing Department. She received her BS in Biobehavorial Health with honors from Penn State University in May of 2010 with minors in French and Psychology. She completed her PhD from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, in May 2015. Her research focuses include (a) sleep disturbances among individuals with severe alcohol use disorder in various phases of recovery, (b) qualitative and mixed-methods approaches to understanding health behavior, (c) chronic disease management in vulnerable and diverse populations, and (d) exploring the effects of alcohol on the oral/gut microbiome. Her responsibilities include serving as the lead associate investigator for protocols 14-CC-0143: Sleep Disturbance and Relapse in Individuals with Alcohol Dependence: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study and 16-CC-0162: Longitudinal Changes in the Oral and Gut Microbiome of Individuals with Alcohol Dependence. On these protocols, she oversees recruitment and consent of new participants, collecting and analyzing patient-reported outcome-based measures and objective sleep measures (actigraphy), and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. In addition to her role at the NIH, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Courses taught include Maternal, Child, and Family Health; Public Health in the City; and Social, Political and Ethical Issues in Public Health.