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Brett Kuhn, Ph.D., CBSM, DBSM

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Brett Kuhn, Ph.D., CBSM, DBSM

Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology
Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics & Rehabilitation
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic
Children’s Sleep Disorders Center – Omaha

Omaha, NE, USA

Brett Kuhn is a licensed psychologist and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics & Rehabilitation and University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Kuhn is a Diplomat of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (DBSM) and is certified in behavioral sleep medicine (CBSM) by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). He served on the AASM sponsored committee to create the national standards of practice for children with bedtime resistance and night-time awakenings. He created a novel behavioral sleep intervention, the Excuse-Me Drill, to address bedtime problems and frequent night-time awakenings in young children. He is the recipient of the inaugural 2022 Outstanding Innovation in BSM Service Delivery Award from the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM).

Dr. Kuhn directs the behavioral sleep medicine clinic at the Children’s Sleep Disorders Center-Omaha where he supervises medical residents, sleep fellows, and psychology interns. He served as co-editor (with Michael Perlis & Mark Aloia) of Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders: A Comprehensive Primer of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Interventions, and co-authored a popular press book, The Toddler Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on System Maintenance.


Kuhn, B.R., LaBrot, Z.C. (2023). Direct and Indirect Sleep Assessment in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In McLay, France, & Blampied (Eds.), Clinical Handbook of Behavioral Sleep Treatment in Children with Autism. Springer Publishing.

Kuhn, B.R., Poppert Cordts, K.M. (2022). Insomnia in children, Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, Elsevier, ISBN 9780128093245

Poppert Cordts, K.M., Kuhn, B.R., (2022). Sleep Disorders in Children and Adolescents. In: Asmundson, G.J.G. (Ed.), Comprehensive Clinical Psychology, 2nd edition, vol. 5. Elsevier, pp. 495–509.

Kuhn, B. R., LaBrot, Z. C., Ford, R. T., & Roane, B. (2019). Promoting Independent Sleep Onset in Young Children: Examination of the excuse me drill. Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

Sanberg, S. A., Kuhn, B. R., & Kennedy, A. E. (2018). Bedtime Fading with Response Cost for Treatment of Sleep Disturbances in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (JADD).

Floress, M. T., Dandurand, Bernas, & Kuhn, B. R. (2016). Nightmare Prevalence, Distress, and Anxiety among Young Children. Dreaming, 1-13.

Kuhn, B. R. (2014). Practical Techniques for Managing Behavioral Sleep Problems in Young Children. Sleep Medicine Clinics, 9 (2), 181-197.

Allen, K. D., Kuhn, B. R., DeHaai, K. A., & Wallace, D. P. (2013). Evaluation of a behavioral treatment package to reduce sleep problems in children with Angelman Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(1), 676-686.

Kuhn, B. R., & Wagner, S. (2013). Insomnia in Children. In C. A. Kushida (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Sleep (Vol. 2, pp. 319-325). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

Kuhn, B. R., & Roane, B. M. (2012). Pediatric Insomnia and Behavioral Interventions. In T. J. Barkoukis, J. K. Matheson, R. Ferber & K. Doghramji (Eds.), Therapy in Sleep Medicine (pp. 448-456). Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company.

Kuhn, B. R. (2011). The excuse-me drill for bedtime problems: A behavioral protocol to promote independent sleep initiation skills and reduce bedtime problems in young children. In M. Perlis, M. Aloia & B. R. Kuhn (Eds.), Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders: A Comprehensive Primer of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Treatment Protocols (pp. 299-309). Boston: Elsevier / Academic Press.

Perlis, M., Aloia, M., & Kuhn, B. R. (Eds.) (2011). Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders: A Comprehensive Primer of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Treatment Protocols. New York: Academic Press.

Chorney, D. B., Detweiler, M. F., Morris, T. L., & Kuhn, B. R. (2008). The Interplay of Sleep Disturbance, Anxiety, and Depression in Children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33(4), 339-348.

Kuhn, B. R. & Floress, M.T. (2008). Nonpharmacological interventions for sleep disorders in children. In A. Ivanenko (Ed.), Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents (pp. 261-278). New York: Informa Healthcare.

Kuhn, B. R. (2007). Sleep Disorders. In M. Hersen & J. C. Thomas (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Interviewing with Children. (pp. 420-447). New York: Sage Publications.

Mindell, J.A., Kuhn, B.R., Lewin, D.S., Meltzer, L.J., Sadeh, A., & Owens, J.A. (2006). Behavioral Treatment of Bedtime Problems and Nightwakings in Infants and Young Children: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Review. Sleep, 29 (10), 1263-1276.

Schnoes, C.J., Kuhn, B.R., Workman, E., & Ellis, C. (2006). Pediatric Prescribing Practices of Clonidine and Other Psychopharmacological Agents for Pediatric Sleep Disturbances. Clinical Pediatrics, 45, 229-238.

Burke, R. V., Kuhn, B. R., & Peterson, J. L. (2004). A “storybook” ending to children’s bedtime problems: The use of a rewarding social story to reduce bedtime resistance and frequent night-waking. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 29, 389-396.

Kuhn, B. R., & Elliott, A. J. (2003). Treatment efficacy in behavioral pediatric sleep medicine. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 54, 587-597.

Kuhn, B. R., & Elliott, A. J. (2003). Efficacy of behavioral interventions for pediatric sleep disturbance. In M. L. Perlis & K. L. Lichstein (Eds.), Treating Sleep Disorders: Principles and Practice of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (pp.415-451). New York: Wiley & Sons.