W. Jeff Bryson, PhD

Jeff Bryson, PhD

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Health Services Psychologist
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Conversion Disorder
  • Tic Disorders
  • Health Psychology
  • Complex & Challenging Cases


Dr. Jeff Bryson is a Clinical Psychologist and Health Services Psychologist at Alabama Psychological Services Center. Dr. Bryson earned a B.A. in Psychology from Covenant College, M.S. in Applied Psychology from Jacksonville State University, M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Certificates of Concentration in Neuropsychology and Health Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. He completed his Clinical Internship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC where he also served as Chief Medical Psychology Intern. He is a credentialed member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

His clinical training and experience includes work with all age groups and a variety of specialty areas including neuropsychology, health psychology, sleep disorders, pain and palliative care, biofeedback, somatoform disorders, developmental disorders, rare and complex pathology cases, and tic disorders.

He is widely published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters on the topics of sleep, dreams, sleep disorders, and tic disorders. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Bryson holds an adjunct faculty position in the School of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Program at Fielding Graduate University where he teaches courses on Biological Bases for Behavior and Psychopathology. He has also held an adjunct faculty position at Jacksonville State University where he taught courses on Sleep and Dreaming, Human Development, and Statistics. Dr. Bryson also provides lectures on the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders. He is involved in research activities to better understand ways to improve existing assessment and therapeutic interventions for a variety of disorders. His major focus has been in the areas of sleep and sleep disorders.


Dr. Bryson works with children, adolescents, and adults. He provides diagnostic assessments including neuropsychological evaluations for a broad range of conditions. He also provides specialized cognitive-behavioral therapeutic interventions for sleep disorders and tic disorders. Dr. Bryson has special interests in the following areas:

  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Tourette’s Disorder and other Tic Disorders
  • Somatoform / Somatic Symptom Disorders / Conversion Disorders / Functional Neurological Disorders / Non-Epileptic Convulsions
  • Adjustment to Chronic Health Conditions
  • Strategies to Improve Quality of Health in those with Chronic Illnesses
  • Cultural Integration for Assessment and Interventions
  • Attention, Memory, and other Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Uncommon and rare conditions or presentations

Dr. Bryson welcomes complex and challenging cases. He accepts regional, national, and international patients.

CONTACT: jbryson@alapsych.com

Representative PUBLICATIONS

Bryson, W. J., Read, J. B., Bush, J. P., & Edwards, C. L. (2015). The need for an integrated cognitive-behavioral model for co-occurring chronic pain and insomnia. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 33, 239-257. doi: 10.1007/s10942-015-0213-z

Bryson, W. J., Read, J. B., Bush, J. P., & Edwards, C. L. (2014). A clinical intervention in chronic pain and insomnia with a combined model of treatment: A test of concept. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 32, 279-296. doi:10.1007/s10942-014-0194-3

Reif, R., Hobkirk, A., Hill, L. K., Trambadia, J., Keys, A., Byrd, G., Barker, C. S., Timko, A., McCabe, M., Feliu, M., Robinson, E., Bryson, W. J., Phan, A., Chuku, P., & Edwards, C. L. (2014). Pain assessment in adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Rehabilitation, 80, 19-39.

Edwards, C. L., Bryson, W. J., McCabe, M., Trambadia, J., Scott, D., Muhammad, M., Kilough, A., Sudhakar, S., Keys, A., Feliu, M., McNeil, J., Barker, C. S., Wood, M., Reif, R., Hill, L., O’Garo, K-G., N., Bulthuis, T., Peasant, C., Kidd, A. C., & Robinson, E. (2014). Treatment of PTSD in an HIV-positive Rwandan woman with a recent stroke: A case report on the role of culture, norms, and expectations for psychotherapy. Research, 1: 980. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.13070/rs.en.1.980

Edwards, C. L., Bryson, W. J., Doshi, S., McDougald, C., Feliu, M., & Whitfield, K. E. (2014). Sleep disorders. In Andrew Scull (Ed.), Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Bryson, W. J., & Edwards, C. L. (2013). A brief review of sleep normality and pathology among adult Black men. Journal of African American Studies, 17, 426-432. doi: 10.1007/s12111-012-9224-3

Bryson, W. J., & Mastin, D. F. (2013). Sleep hygiene predictors of excessive daytime sleepiness and poor subjective sleep quality. Journal of Psychological Practice, 18, 88-104.

Bryson, W. J. (2013). Behavioral sleep medicine in the context of historical psychology. Journal of Psychological Practice, 18, 57-87.

McDougald, C., Edwards, C. L., Bryson, W. J., Swinkels, C., Wellington, C., Wood, M., Edwards, L., Whitfield, K., McNeil, J., Byrd, G., Feliu, M., Guinyard, D., Green, M., McCabe, M., Blackmon, M., Hill, L., Robinson, E., & DeCastro, L. (2012). Sleep and chronic pain in an ethnically congruent sample of adult patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). Ciencias de la Conducta, 27, 35-50.

 Bryson, W. J. (2012). Toward a synergistic cognitive-behavioral model for concomitant insomnia and pain (Doctoral dissertation). UMI ProQuest (3502442).

 Bryson, W. J. (2012). Teaching dreams via Dream Lab. In P. McNamara and D. Barrett (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams: The Evolution, Function, Nature, and Mysteries of Slumber (pp. 766-767). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.

 Bryson, W. J. (2010). Educational opportunities in the study of dreams and dreaming. In D. M. Montez (Ed.), Psychiatric research trends: Dreams and geriatric psychiatry (pp. 145-150). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

 Bryson, W. J., Edwards, C. L., Sommer, D. B., & Scott, B. L. (2010). Integrated behavior therapy in the treatment of complicated Tourette’s Disorder and its comorbidities. Clinical Case Studies, 9, 154-163. doi: 10.1177/1534650109357929

Raffle, D. L., Bryson, W. J., & Bush, J. P. (2009). Great Escapes: Psychological benefits of organized events for children with chronic illnesses and their families. Journal of Psychological Practice, 15, 50-70.

Bryson, W. J., Kinsey, C. G., Mastin, D. F., & Bryson, T. L. (2009). Dream lab for introductory psychology. North American Journal of Psychology, 11, 353-360.

Bryson, W. J., Mastin, D. F, Pilgreen, K. L., & Bryson, T. L. (2008). Dream lab: An experiential pedagogic technique for dream psychology. Dreaming, 18, 122-126. doi: 10.1037/1053-0709.18.2.122

Mastin, D. F., Bryson, W. J., & Corwyn, R. (2006).  Assessment of sleep hygiene using the Sleep Hygiene Index. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29, 223-227. doi: 10.1007/s10865-006-9047-6

Shehi, G. M., & Bryson, W. J. (2004). Hypersomnia associated with isotretinoin in a patient with recurrent major depressive disorder and acne vulgaris. Sleep, 27, 821.

Bryson, W. J. (2003). Learning on the web. Sleep Review, 4(5), 10-14.

Bryson, W. J. (2002). New curriculum benefits undergraduate psychology students. Sleep Review, 3(2), 10-12.


  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA), Division 38 Health Psychology
  • American Psychological Association (APA), Division 40 Clinical Neuropsychology
  • American Psychological Association (APA), Division 54 Society for Pediatric Psychology
  • Alabama Psychological Association (aPA)
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
  • Sleep Research Society (SRS)
  • North Alabama Association of Licensed Psychologists (NAALP)