Virginia Runko, PhD, CBSM, DBSM

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I'm a psychologist and board-certified behavioral sleep medicine (BSM) specialist and diplomate.  I'm also a wife and a mother of 2 young children doing my 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


I earned my BS in Psychology from Indiana University in 2004 and my PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology from the University of Miami in 2011.  My interest for sleep quickly developed during my first time working in this field which was during my PhD training at the Miami Veterans Affairs sleep clinic.  Thereafter, I aggressively sought further sleep training and completed an accredited postdoctoral Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM) program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and I became board-certified in BSM in 2012.  I 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.  I then worked at The Ross Center for 5 years where I was fortunate enough to not only continue my work in sleep but where I could also fulfill my passion for helping those struggling with other issues besides or in addition to sleep.  Indeed, the foundation for all my professional work – sleep or otherwise – is built from working with patients presenting with varying conditions and life circumstances.  I value and embrace the uniqueness of each person’s situation and working together to find ways to help.

Licenses & Board Certifications

Private Practice

I decided to open up this private practice in 2019 where I continue to do what provides me professional satisfaction: to both practice behavioral sleep medicine and conduct general psychotherapy for a variety of issues.

Next Step

Contact me to make your first appointment or to discuss any questions.