Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Mary A. Carskadon received a BA in psychology from Gettysburg College (1969), is a distinguished alumna of that institution, and holds an honorary doctor of sciences degree.  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.


Carskadon’s current research includes an evaluation of 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 team is also investigating the impact of serial nights of alcohol use in adults on sleep and next-day cognitive performance.  Proposed new projects seek to (1) perform field and laboratory studies of caffeine's effect on sleep and circadian phase in early adolescence; (2) measure sleep and asthma disparities in urban children;  (3) assess how sleep duration impacts immune balance in inner-city children with asthma; (4) evaluate effects of odorants on arousal and sleep.

Carskadon has written many scientific papers, and she has received a number of honors, including  Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Sleep Foundation, Outstanding Educator and Distinguished Scientist Awards of 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.

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