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Current Projects

I am currently working on the following projects:


Cardiometabolic Health And Relationships To Sleep (CHARTS Study). This study is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (K23HL110216). The overall aim of this observational study is to evaluate whether habitual short sleepers (6 hours or less) differ from 7-8 hour sleepers in terms of cardiovascular and metabolic function. Other domains are assessed as well, including sleepiness, performance, behavior, and psychological functioning. This study includes (1) an online survey, (2) an intake exam, (3) home sleep testing, (4) 2-week home monitoring, and (5) 3-night in-lab study. Data collection is ongoing. Visit the study website.


Project REST (Recovery Enhancement and Sleep Training). This study is funded by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Sports Science Institute. The aims of this study are to (1) develop a method for assessing the relationships between sleep and aspects of well-being in student athletes, (2) determine whether an intervention targeted to a broad range of student athletes can improve sleep and mental well-being, and (3) explore whether the addition of assistive technology can improve outcomes. The project will run through the Summer and Fall semesters of 2016 and the data will be analyzed in the Spring semester 2017.



Sleep and Healthy Activity, Diet, Environment, and Socialization Study (SHADES Study). This study wes funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (R21ES022931). It was recently completed, though the results are still being analyzed. The overall aim of this study was to characterize the social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of habitual short sleep duration. This study includes (1) a population-based survey of the Philadelphia area, (2) geospatial mapping of survey data superimposed with existing neighborhood-level data, and (3) a 2-week in-depth home monitoring study. Data collection is ongoing.

Sleep and Health in the American Population. Secondary analysis of population-wide data for the purpose of characterizing sleep problems in the general population, as well as identify disparities in sleep health and exame relationships among these disparities and other health outcomes. More specifically, predictors of sleep disturbance from the sociodemographic domain (e.g., gender, age, ethnicity, income, education, marital status, employment), mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, quality of life) and health (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, stroke, smoking, exercise, alcohol use) are being investigated. Analyses ongoing.

Current projects utilizing the Behaviroal Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) include: (1) Disparities in sleep disturbance associated with race/ethnicity and socioeconomics [published], (2) Sleep disturbance and obesity, diabetes and exercise [published], (3) Sleep disturbance and cardiometabolic disease [published], (4) Sleep disturbance and daytime tiredness decrease with age [published], (5) Sociogeographic correlates of sleep disturbance [published], (6) Perceived racism and sleep disturbance [published], (7) Sleep duration versus sleep insufficiency [published], (8) Social and behavioral determinants of sleep insufficiency [submitted], (9) Spatial analysis of sleep insufficiency by county [in preparation], and others.

Current projects utilizing the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) include: (1) Sleep duration and C-reactive protein [published], (2) Sleep symptoms and dietary intake [published], (3) Sleep duration and dietary intake [published], (4) Disparities in sleep symptoms relative to demographics and socioeconomics [submitted], (5) Disparities in sleep duration [in preparation], (6) Sleep symptoms and metabolic syndrome [submitted], (7) Insomnia and cardiometabolic risk factors [submitted], and others.

Other Ongoing Research Projects:

Development and Validation of a Touchscreen Psychomotor Vigilance Task

Sleep and Cardiometabolic Health at the US-Mexico Border

Sleep, Health, and Academic Performance in Student Athletes

Global Perspectives on Sleep Health

Long-Term Monitoring of Sleep with Actigraphy

Development and Validation of a Technology Platform to Optimize Sleep






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