Adolescent Sleep, Health, and School Start Times: 

The National Conference 


This first-of-its-kind conference was held in Washington, D.C on April 26-27, 2017 to meet a critical need expressed by many educators and health advocates around the country. 


Conference Speakers: The conference brought together both internationally-recognized sleep experts and school leaders and advisors who have successfully implemented healthy school start times.

Conference Attendees:  Attendees came from 33 U.S. states, plus Canada, Singapore, and Australia. 

Conference Sponsors:  The following organizations sponsored the conference:

  • The Yale School of Medicine – Department of Pediatrics
  • The Yale School of Medicine - Section on Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • The RAND Corporation
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Start School Later Inc

Conference video presentations now available for the first time.

The following videos of the formal conference presentations, with the accompanying slides, are now available for purchase, either individually or as a collection.  

1.  An Overview of the Biology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms - Daniel J. Buysse, MD, UPMC Endowed Chair in Sleep Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh

2.  Developmental Changes to Sleep Biology Affect Adolescent Sleep - Mary Carskadon, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Adjunct Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Alpert Medical School, Brown University

3.  Deficient Sleep in Teens: The Impact on Safety - Brian C. TefftSenior Researcher, Traffic Research Group, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

4.  Deficient Sleep in Teens:  The Impact on Mood and Risky Behavior - Wendy Troxel, PhD, Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist, RAND Corporation

5.  Deficient Sleep in Teens:  The Impact on Health - Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD, Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School

6.  Deficient Sleep in Teens:  The Impact on Cognition and Brain Function - Dean Beebe, PhD, Director, Neuropsychology Program, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati

7.  Deficient Sleep in Teens:  The Impact on School Performance - Amy Wolfson, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Maryland

8.  Does Changing School Start Times Work? - Kyla Wahlstrom, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota

9.  National Surveillance Data on Adolescent Sleep and School Start Times - Anne Wheaton, PhD, Senior Service Fellow/Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

10. The Economic Impact of Later School Start Times - Marco Hafner, Research Leader, Cambridge Office, RAND Corporation

11.  Debunking Sleep Myths and Educating Communities - Rafael Pelayo, MD, Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

12.  Changing School Start Times:  Leadership at the District and State Levels
Kenneth Dragseth, PhD, Retired Superintendent, Edina, MN and Lecturer, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
·  Anthony J. Portantino, California Senator Representing the 25th Senate District

13.  Changing School Start Times:  Perspectives from the Trenches
Sandy Evans, Chair, Fairfax County VA Board of Education
·  Darrel Drobnich, President, MidAmr Group
·  Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Start School Later, Inc

Who should buy these videos? 

The conference and the accompanying videos were designed to provide a comprehensive summary of the state-of-the-science of adolescent sleep and the impact of changing school start times on health, academic performance, and safety.  Additionally, conference presentations addressed real-world leadership and change-management issues and included the most comprehensive economic analysis of the cost-to-benefit from enacting start-time changes that has been done to date.  The videos should be helpful to the following group of school stakeholders:

  • Education policy makers
  • State legistlators
  • Educators
  • School board and school committee members
  • School district superintendents
  • School principals, administrators, and teachers
  • Parents and students
  • Health care professionals
  • Community advocates for healthy start times
  • School nurses
  • Athletic directors and coaches