Virginia Runko, PhD, CBSM, DBSM

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phone: (202) 455-5387 x 1

Dr. Runko is a clinical psychologist and board-certified behavioral sleep medicine (BSM) specialist and diplomate.  She's also a wife and a mother of 2 young children doing her best - like everyone else out there! - to live a life that is balanced and meaningful.

Education/Formal Training

  • BS Psychology, Indiana University, 2004
  • MS Clinical Psychology, University of Miami, 2008
  • PhD Clinical Psychology, University of Miami, 2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2013


Dr. Runko has been conducting psychotherapy since 2006 and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) since 2008.  She earned her BS in Psychology from Indiana University in 2004 and her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology from the University of Miami in 2011.  Her interest for sleep quickly developed during her first time working in this field which was during her PhD training at the Miami Veterans Affairs sleep clinic.  Thereafter, she aggressively sought further sleep training and completed an accredited postdoctoral behavioral sleep medicine (BSM) program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she became board-certified in BSM in 2012.  She practiced BSM as the only psychologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital and Sleep Medicine Associates of Maryland/Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore.  She then worked at The Ross Center for 5 years where she was fortunate enough to not only continue her work in sleep but where she could also fulfill her passion for helping those struggling with other issues besides or in addition to sleep.  Indeed, the foundation for all her professional work – sleep or otherwise – is built from working with patients presenting with varying conditions and life circumstances.  She values and embraces the uniqueness of each person’s situation and working together to find ways to help.

Licenses & Board Certifications

Dr. Runko decided to open up DC Psychology and Sleep Services in 2019 where she continues to do what provides her professional satisfaction: to both practice behavioral sleep medicine and conduct general psychotherapy for a variety of issues.

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