Dr. Michael Grandner
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 Healthy sleep is necessary for good health, and sleep is an important factor in cardiovascular health, obesity, diabetes, and psychological well-being.

Dr. Grandner is the Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona, Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic at the Banner-University Medical Center, and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine in the UA College of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the UA College of Science and Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

His research focuses on how sleep and sleep-related behaviors are related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, neurocognitive functioning, mental health, and longevity. Current and recently-completed research projects were funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the American Heart Association (AHA), the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), and other organizations.

He is currently studying how sleep patters are related to health and functioning, and the social, environmental, and behavioral factors that determine how we sleep. These studies involve population-level surveys, computer-based geospatial analyses (using GIS software), home-based assessments of sleep and health (using sleep diary, actigraphy, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, etc.), and in-laboratory studies (using polysomnography, neurobehavioral performance testing, arterial tonometry, biomarker assessment, glucose tolerance tests, etc.). Find out how to become involved as a research participant or volunteer as a research assistant.

Another area of his work involves examining sleep and health at the community and population levels. This work aims to understand how sleep is experienced on a societal level, and how this plays a role in the bigger picture of health. Some of these studies in this area have explored relationships among sleep and age, sex, income, marital status, employment, diet, race/ethnicity, depression and other social and health-related factors. This work has utilized data sources such as BRFSS, NHANES, WHI, PHMC, NSF, ReGARDS, and others.

He has published over 100 articles and chapters on issues relating to sleep and health appearing in journals including SLEEP, Appetite, Obesity, Sleep Medicine, International Journal of Obesity, and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). He serves on the Mental Health Task Force and Interassociation Taskforce for Sleep and Wellness for the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and works to help improve sleep and performance in professional and non-professional athletes. He is a regular lecturer on topics related to sleep and health for students, patients, corporations, and athletes, and has been invited multiple times to the National Institutes of Health (NHLBI, NIDDK, ODS), has served as an expert witness for civil, county, and federal cases, and has presented for the US Congress.

His research has been profiled in hundreds of national and international news outlets, including all major American outlets and news outlets in China, Brazil, Russia, India, Italy, the UK, and other nations. His work has been featured on the TODAY Show, BBC News, Dr. Oz, and other TV programs, magazines such as Men's Health, Women's Health, Health, Oprah, Shape, and Men's Fitness, and in newspapers such as USA Today, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington post and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He has received awards and honors for his work from the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Heart Association, Population Association of America, Sleep Research Network, and other groups. He has also received two separate Outstanding Professor Awards (from the Department of Psychology and a student group) for his teaching of statistics. He is an elected fellow of the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Grandner maintains memberships with a number of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Sleep Research Society (where he is the past chair of the Membership and Communications Committees and currently serves on the Scientific Review Committee), the American Heart Association (where he serves on the Behavior Change Committee and Lifestyle Membership Committee), and the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (where he is a founding member, is past chair of the Website & Communications Committee, and currently sits on the Board of Directors). He helped found the Pennsylvania Sleep Society, served on its first Board of Directors and is a past President. Every March you can find him at the EPI/Lifestyle Council Meeting of the American Heart Association and every June you can find him at the meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. He has given dozens of lectures on topics related to sleep and health, and he is frequently sought as an expert on issues related to sleep.

For more information, see his CV.

For media and information requests, meeting requests, and consultation, contact Dr. Grandner.


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