CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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Dean Beebe, PhD
Dean Beebe is a professor of pediatrics and the director of the neuropsychology program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. A major focus of his research has been the use of experimental sleep manipulations to test the impact of inadequate sleep on adolescents’ thinking skills, learning, mood, dietary intake, physical activity, skills in a simulated driving environment, and brain activation in response to attention challenges and food-related stimuli. He also works closely with other investigators examining the impact of sleep changes on the health of youth with chronic medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes, and ADHD. Board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and in pediatric neuropsychology, his clinical work specializes in the evaluation and care of children who have chronic medical and neurological conditions, as well as those with both recent and remotely-acquired brain injuries. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), the Advisory Board of Start School Later, Inc., and committees of the AACN, the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, Sleep Research Society, and International Neuropsychological Society.  Dr. Beebe is an associate editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and is on the editorial boards for Child Neuropsychology, SLEEP, and Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

Daniel J. Buysse, MD
Daniel Buysse is the UPMC Professor of Sleep Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on sleep assessment; the pathophysiology and treatment of insomnia; interactions between sleep and circadian rhythms; and the impact of sleep on health. Dr. Buysse has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and over 100 book chapters or review articles. Dr. Buysse is Past President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; recipient of the Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award from the Sleep Research Society; and Deputy Editor of SLEEP.

Craig Canapari, MD
Craig Canapari is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Respiratory) and Medical Director of the Pediatric Sleep Program at the Yale School of Medicine. He attended Yale University for his undergraduate education and received his medical degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He was at Massachusetts General Hospital for both residency (Pediatrics) and fellowship (Pediatric Pulmonology). Dr. Canapari is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Sleep Medicine. His interests include general pulmonary issues, pediatric sleep problems, and the respiratory issues of children with neuromuscular disease, as well as the use of emerging technology to disseminate useful information about sleep disorders to families.

Mary A. Carskadon, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Adjunct Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, Mary Carskadon received a BA in psychology from Gettysburg College (1969) and is a distinguished alumna of that institution. She holds a doctorate with distinction in neuro- and biobehavioral sciences from Stanford University (1979), earned under the mentorship of William C. Dement, MD, PhD. Dr. Carskadon’s current research includes evaluating how sleep and circadian timing influence smell, taste, food choices, and food consumption in overweight and normal weight teens and development of “smart lighting” to improve academic outcomes in secondary school students. Her awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Sleep Foundation and an Outstanding Educator and Distinguished Scientist Award from the Sleep Research Society.  She is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Maida Chen, MD
Maida Chen is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She obtained her undergraduate and medical degrees at Northwestern University, and stayed in Chicago to do her residency in Pediatrics at Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Medical Center. She then completed her Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, with special focus on respiratory control and sleep medicine.  Dr. Chen's clinical and research interests center on sleep disorders in children with special needs and disorders of respiratory control. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Thoracic Society, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the Sleep Research Society.  She was an appointed member of the Bell Times Task Force and Bell Times Implementation Committees of Seattle Public Schools, and continues to work with several school districts in the greater Seattle area on school start times. 

Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD, FRCP
Charles Czeisler is the Director of the Sleep Health Institute, Senior Physician and Chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Frank Baldino Jr., PhD. Professor of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine. His research group focuses on understanding the neurobiology of the human circadian pacemaker, located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus, and applying that knowledge to clinical medicine and occupational health. Their earliest work revealed that sleep duration and structure were regulated by the output of this pacemaker. Since then, Dr. Czeisler's lab has unmasked the endogenous circadian component of various neuroendocrine, metabolic, thermoregulatory and behavioral rhythms controlled by the pacemaker by studying human subjects under constant environmental and behavioral conditions. Current research focuses on the neurobiology of circadian photoreception in humans; the interaction of circadian and homeostatic processes interact in regulating sleep and neurobiological function during wakefulness; the role of melatonin in the organization of sleep and circadian rhythms;  functional magnetic imaging, quantitative analysis of sleep and waking EEG; and the influence of sleep loss on the deployment of visual attention.

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Catherine Darley, ND
Dr. Catherine Darley is the director of The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine in Seattle. Her clinical work focuses on the treatment of sleep disorders in adults and children using behavioral and naturopathic medicine. Additionally she regularly trains corporate employees and emergency personnel on a variety of sleep, performance, and safety issues. Dr. Darley is an advocate for teens' sleep health in Seattle and nationally. In 2012 she began by engaging Seattle area sleep experts in advocacy, and by coordinating efforts with teachers, parents, and community. Dr. Darley then served on the Bell Times Task Force and Bell Times Implementation Committee of the Seattle Public Schools. She is also on the Advisory Board of Start School Later, Inc. Dr. Darley graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore WA in 2002 with her naturopathic doctorate. Currently she is adjunct faculty at Bastyr University and National University of Natural Medicine in Portland OR and has served on the Board of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians. 

Kenneth Dragseth, PhD
Ken Dragseth is a retired superintendent from Edina, MN,  which, under his leadership, was the first school district in the nation to delay its high school start time specifically to follow the recommendation of sleep experts and health professionals. Today he runs a consulting company that specializes in superintendent searches and program and leadership support to school boards and district personnel. He has been a mathematics teacher, middle school principal and assistant principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent for 14 years. Dr. Dragseth has 49 years in education, was National Superintendent of the Year in 2003, and has received numerous other state and national awards for his educational expertise and work. He is also active on several organizational and college boards. Dr. Dragseth holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in educational administration and education.

Darrel Drobnich
Darrel Drobnich is a president of the MidAmr Group, a consulting firm in Washington, DC, and has over 25 years of experience translating scientific findings into public health messages, educational programs, public policy, and advocacy initiatives in both the U.S. Senate and the non-profit sector. As former Chief Program Officer of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF),  he created and oversaw public policy initiatives and award-winning national public awareness and research programs, bringing the issue of adolescent sleep and starting a national conversation on the issue. In 1998, he formed a partnership with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to introduce a Congressional resolution (H.C. Res. 135 or “Z’s to A’s,”) to encourage schools to move start times to no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Most recently, Mr. Drobnich helped lead a multi-disciplinary team to overturn 20 years of failed attempts to change unhealthy school start times for 57,000 high students in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA, the 10th largest school system in the country and is currently consulting with York County School Division in Virginia.

Sandy Evans
Sandy Evans is a Fairfax County School Board member representing Mason District, and currently serves as Chair of the School Board.  A journalist by profession, she is a former reporter and staff writer for The Washington Post. In 2004, she and Phyllis Payne co-founded Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal (SLEEP), a grassroots group created to advocate for later middle and high school start times in Fairfax County, VA. Ms. Evans has a bachelor of science in journalism from the  University of Maryland-College Park. Before being elected to the School Board in March 2010 in a special election, Evans had served on the Board’s School Health Advisory Committee (chairman) and Transportation Task Force; Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition (steering committee member); Fairfax Education Coalition (founding member); Fairfax County Council of PTAs (legislation committee chairman); and Sleepy Hollow Elementary School PTA (former PTA president). She was reelected to four-year terms on the School Board in 2011 and 2015, with her current term ending in December 2019. She is married to attorney Steven K. Hoffman and has two daughters.

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Marco Hafner, MSc, MPhil
Marco Hafner is a research leader at RAND Europe working on employment, education, and social policy research. He completed his doctoral studies in economics and applied econometrics and holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Zurich. Before joining RAND, he worked at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the research body connected to the German Employment Agency, and at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London. Mr. Hafner has particular expertise in data analysis and econometrics, having undertaken extensive quantitative research in the topics of labor and industrial economics. His broader research interests include topics in applied econometrics, health, industrial, labor, and international economics.

Jim Healy, PhD
Jim Healy is the Founder and CEO of Capra Ibex Advisors LLC, a privately owned Registered Investment Advisor that advises large and mid-sized financial companies on risk management and portfolio investments. Prior to forming Capra Ibex, Dr. Healy had a 25-year career in the Investment Banking arm of the Credit Suisse Group, where he served as the Global Head of the Fixed Income Division from 2003-2007. Earlier in his career, Dr. Healy was an economist at The International Monetary Fund, having served as a consultant to the OECD, a Visiting Scholar at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and as Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. Dr. Healy serves as Vice Chairman of Student Sponsor Partners, a non-profit organization focused on the high school dropout problem in NYC.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of E-Trade Financial Corporation. He received a BA in Economics from Stanford University, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University.

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Perri Klass, MD
Perri Klass, MD, is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University, where she is Director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Dr. Klass writes the weekly column, “The Checkup,” for The New York Times Science Section and she has written extensively about medicine, children, literacy, and knitting. Currently the National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, Dr. Klass ran the National Center from its inception through 2006, during which time the program grew from a single site to a national program with thousands of sites serving                                                             millions of children.

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Pam Miller
Pam Miller is the Director of Teaching & Learning for Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools in Buffalo, Minnesota where she has develops district programming; facilitates continuous improvement process in curriculum, instruction, and assessment; directs professional development activities; and focuses leadership efforts in ongoing school principal growth and development. She received a BS in secondary education with majors in Spanish and mathematics from Mankato State University and holds a
Masters Degree from St. Cloud State University. Ms. Miller began her education career with Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools teaching high school Spanish in 1989. Twenty-nine years later, she remains in the same district she began teaching. After ten years in the classroom, she continued at Buffalo High School focusing on professional development for teachers and the implementation of Minnesota’s Profile of Learning. In 2002, she moved to the district office as the Coordinator of Accountability and Curriculum Support Specialist, and for the past 13 years has held her current position as Director of Teaching & Learning. Throughout her career, Ms. Miller has been dedicated to cultivating talents in others to continue to build leadership capacity and grow future leaders.

Judith Owens, MD, MPH
Judith Owens is Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts and a faculty member in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally-recognized authority on pediatric sleep and the author of over 150 original research and review articles in peer-review journals, chapters, and books on the topic. Her particular research interests are in the neurobehavioral and health consequences of sleep problems in children, sleep health education, and cultural and psychosocial issues impacting on sleep.  She was the lead author on the AAP 2014 Policy Statement on healthy school start times. Dr. Owens received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown and a Master’s in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota. She completed fellowships in Behavioral Pediatrics at Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center and in Child Psychiatry at Brown University.

Phyllis Payne, MPH
Phyllis Payne is a co-founder of SLEEP in Fairfax, a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of sleep to the health, safety, and academic well-being of high school students. She serves as the Implementation Director for Start School Later, Inc. and as the vice-chair of the Fairfax County Public Schools School Health Advisory Committee. Ms. Payne works for Scientific Consulting Group, Inc, as a science writer and health educator. She is a former high school science teacher. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Rafael Pelayo, MD
Rafael Pelayo, MD is a clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has been treating sleep disorders in children and adults at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic since 1993. He was elected and currently serves on the board of the California Sleep Society. Along with Dr. William Dement he teaches the Stanford University Sleep and Dreams course to hundreds of undergraduate students. Together they wrote the course’s textbook. Students in this class are required to perform outreach projects to increase awareness of the importance of sleep. He has previously served as chair of the Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board of the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Heart Lung Blood Institute at the NIH. He chaired of the pediatric special interest section of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally on sleep disorders. He has done multiple television, radio, and print interviews. He is originally from New York City.

Jeffrey Platenberg, MSHRD
Assistant Superintendent for the Department of Facilities and Transportation at the Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools, Jeff Platenberg formerly served as the Assistant Superintendent for Support Services with Loudoun County Public Schools, Assistant Superintendent for Accountability and Information Communication Technologies for Lexington County School District One in Lexington, South Carolina and Deputy Superintendent of Support Services for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. Mr. Platenberg provides services to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools and in his work has traveled to Morocco, Oman, Turkey and Serbia. Mr. Platenberg earned an academic certification in Educational Facility Planning from San Diego State University, a Master of Human Resource Development (cum laude) from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Public Administration from George Mason University. The recipient of the Richland County School District One Chairman’s Outstanding Performance Award and the Fairfax County Public Schools Outstanding Performance Award, Mr. Platenberg was also selected as the 2012 Association of School Business Officials International Eagle award recipient, the 2013 Education Week Leader to Learn From, and the 2015 Bammy Award Recipient for "What is Right in Education."

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Tom Platt, MBA
Tom Platt is the President of School Bus Consultants, LLC, the country’s premier logistics consultancy focused on the student transportation industry.  He is one of the most experienced analysts in assessing the impact of school start times on transportation service effectiveness and efficiency. Tom’s work in this area provides unique insights into how best to manage the logistical complexity associated with school start time changes. Mr. Platt and his organization have worked on school transportation logistics with clients ranging from state and regional education agencies, to large and small school districts across 41 of the United States and three Canadian provinces. Their work covers all aspects of school bus routing efficiency, operations management, and system design and reengineering. Mr. Platt has authored numerous articles, and presented at national conferences on a wide range of subjects related to school transportation logistics. He holds an undergraduate degree in transportation and an Master of Business Administration (MBA) in transportation, distribution, and operations management from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino
Senator Anthony J. Portantino represents California’s 25th State Senate District where he chairs the Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education and serves on five Standing Committees: Banking and Finance, Budget and Fiscal Review, Governmental Organization, Insurance, and Public Employment and Retirement. His accomplishments during his three terms serving in the State Assembly included establishing California's umbilical cord blood collection program, regulating "for profit" colleges, banning the "open carry" of guns on Main Street California, and increasing legislative transparency and accountability. Senator Portantino has a long and distinguished record of civic and community service that includes nearly eight years on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council, with two terms as Mayor and Vice Chair of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee. He also served as President of the League of California Cities Mayors and Council members Department, and as the Legislative Chair of the California Contract Cities Association.  He has served on many local non-profit boards and is active in the PTA and many community organizations.

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Jeremy Ray, MEd
Jeremy Ray is the Superintendent of Biddeford and Dayton (Maine) Schools. He oversees 2,500 K-12 students, seven schools,, and 550 staff. He also oversees Biddeford’s Regional Center of Technology, educating students from the surrounding towns of Saco, Kennebunk, Arundel, and the nearby Thornton Academy. In April 2016, Mr. Ray facilitated an unprecedented vote between four neighboring school boards to become the first districts in Maine to comply simultaneously with the American Academy of Pediatric's recommendation that no middle or high schools start class before 8:30 a.m. Mr. Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and a Master in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Saint Joseph’s University. Prior to joining the Biddeford School Department, he served as the Director of Operations and Finance and Elementary Principal within the Westbrook School Department. He currently serves on the Board of PeoplesChoice Credit Union and is a member of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club.

Jilly Dos Santos
Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Jilly Dos Santos is a sophomore at Middlebury College in Vermont. She recently declared her major, Latin American Studies with Spanish and Portuguese. She has been involved in the Start School Later movement since she was 16, when she successfully petitioned her school board to push back high school start times to 9 a.m. Her effort in Columbia has been covered by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Jezebel, Scholastic, and other publications. Most recently, Ms. Dos Santos was the keynote speaker at the #OHteens4Health Health Summit for Youth in November, 2016. After graduating, she intends to earn a master's degree in social work. She currently lives in a French-speaking dorm on campus and spends her time riding her bike, cooking with friends, watching movies, and fuming over the current state of affairs in the US.

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Ken Smith, MBA, PhD
Kenneth "Ken" Smith joined Central Washington University as an associate professor in 2014 and was elected department chair in 2016.  In 2015 he was elected to the Northshore School Board, the 11th largest district in the state of Washington, just north and east of the city of Seattle. He has written numerous academic and general public papers, and book chapters including the governmental chapters of the Advanced Accounting (12th Edition) textbook. His former work experience includes: owning his own business; serving as the interim Executive Director for the international nonprofit Wheels for Humanity; auditing and litigation support with CPA firms; and faculty appointments at the University of Washington, Willamette University, Pepperdine University, and Texas A&M University. In 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Government Accounting Research from the Association for Government Accountants. In 2015 he won the AGA Chapter Recognition Platinum Award for chapter-wide excellence in advancing government accountability.

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Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD
Terra Ziporyn Snider is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Start School Later, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing public awareness about the relationship between sleep and school hours and to ensuring school start times compatible with health, safety, education, and equity. An award-winning author of numerous popular health and medical books including The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health, The Women's Concise Guide to Emotional Well-Being, Alternative Medicine for Dummies, and Nameless Diseases, she was an associate editor at The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and has written extensively on a wide range of health and medical issues in publications including The Harvard Health Letter, JAMA, The Huffington Post, Consumer Reports, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Business Week. Dr. Snider is a graduate of Yale College and a former Searle Fellow at the University of Chicago, where she earned a doctorate in the history of science and medicine. She has been awarded science-writing fellowships by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole.

Brian C. Tefft
Brian Tefft, Senior Researcher with the Traffic Research Group at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, conducts research on a wide variety of traffic safety issues, employing state-of-the-art methods to identify real-world traffic safety problems, identify solutions, and evaluate their effectiveness. His research on drowsy driving has highlighted the fact that official statistics substantially underestimate the scope of the problem. Mr. Tefft has also produced the first study linking quantitative measures of acute sleep deprivation to real on-road crash risk. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Brown University.

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Scott Thielman, EdD
Dr. Scott Thielman is the superintendent of the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose (BHM) School District in Minnesota and the President of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). He recently began presenting information regarding changing school start times to school board members and superintendents at state conferences in Minnesota after changing the school start times for the BHM School District. Dr. Thielman is in his fifteenth year as a school superintendent and began serving as the superintendent of the 5,700-student district in July 2010. Prior to his position with BHM Schools, he served as a superintendent for the Albany Area School District and Kimball Area Public Schools in Minnesota. Before returning to Minnesota in 2002, Dr. Thielman served in the Corpus Christi (TX) Independent School District from 1989 to 2002 as an elementary teacher, elementary assistant principal, elementary principal, middle school principal, and high school principal. Dr. Theilman's degrees include a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from Corpus Christi State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University, MN.

Wendy Troxel, PhD
Wendy Troxel is a Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist at RAND and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist. Dr. Troxel’s research focuses on the interface between sleep, the social environment, and health, and on implications for public policy. Dr. Troxel’s work has been published in international medical and psychological journals and received multiple awards and honors from scientific societies. Her work has garnered widespread media attention from print, TV, and online outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, CNN, and The Huffington Post. Her research on sleep was also featured in the National Geographic documentary, “Sleepless in America.” She has been involved in local and national efforts focused on healthy school start times for adolescents, and recently gave a TEDx talk on the impact of school start times on adolescent health and functioning.

Kyla L. Wahlstrom, PhD
Kyla Wahlstrom is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, where she has worked for the past 26 years. Most recently she was the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI). Dr. Wahlstrom received her Ph.D. degree in the area of educational policy development with a focus on school change. Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota in 1990, she had 19 years of school experience as an elementary classroom teacher, a special education teacher, a school principal, and a district administrator of special education. She is the primary investigator of the original research on school start times begun in 1996. In 2010 she was awarded a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue research on the outcomes for later school start times. Her 20-year study of the effect of the later start time on high school students has influenced school policies across the U.S., and has been featured in publications and media ranging from Congressional Quarterly and Rolling Stone Magazine to Scientific American, Newsweek, NPR’s All Things Considered and PBS’ Frontline. Dr. Wahlstrom is the recipient of the MASCD National Research Award for her ground-breaking study of the effects of later starting times for high schools.

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Anne G. Wheaton, PhD
Anne Wheaton is an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta as a member of the Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She received her doctorate in the Nutrition and Health Sciences program at Emory University in 2009 and began a postdoctoral fellowship at CDC on sleep that same year. Since then, she has published numerous reports on adult and adolescent sleep and has worked on improving CDC’s collection of sleep-related data through its surveillance systems. 

Amy R. Wolfson, PhD
Amy R. Wolfson is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of
Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Wolfson came to Loyola from the College of the Holy Cross, where she chaired the psychology department from 2008-2010 and served as associate dean in from 2010-2014. She has been published in numerous prestigious peer-reviewed journals and is the author of two books, The Woman’s Book of Sleep: A Complete Resource Guide and The Oxford Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Sleep and Behavior.
Wolfson was awarded a six-year $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2005 for her Young Adolescent Sleep-Smart Pacesetter Program—the largest individual grant awarded to a College of the Holy Cross faculty member. Dr. Wolfson recently completed the Sleep-Smart study, a longitudinal study of urban, middle-school students' sleep patterns and hygiene, behavioral well-being, and academic performance, funded by the NIH. She is co-editing a special issue for Sleep Health on Sleep Science and Policy: a Focus on School Start Times, and her current research is focused on addressing the implications of emotional and physical health practices on adolescents’ sleep. She has taught courses on gender and leadership, mental health, health psychology, women’s studies, and sleep and circadian rhythms.