Mary A. Carskadon Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Mary A. Carskadon received a BA in psychology from Gettysburg College (1969) and doctorate with distinction in neuro- and biobehavioral sciences from Stanford University (1979) under the mentorship of William C. Dement, MD, PhD.

Carskadon's research examines associations of sleep regulatory mechanisms to sleep/wake behavior of children, adolescents, and young adults. Her findings have raised public health issues regarding consequences of insufficient sleep in adolescents and concerns about early school starting times. Current research examines genetic contributions to these processes and the association of chronic sleep restriction with development of depressed mood in first-year college students.  Another current research project assesses food choices in overweight and normal weight adolescents in a complex laboratory project; smell and taste are also measured, along with cognitive function and attention.

Carskadon has written many scientific papers, and she has received a number of honors, including an honorary doctor of sciences degree from Gettysburg College, 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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