Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Mary A. 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.


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. Proposed new projects seek to (1) measure protein expression and DNA modification in neurally-derived exosomes in a small case/control study of depressed mood in short sleepers; (2) measure gene expression, methylation, and genotype with observational phenotyping and experimental interventions in young adults and test genes identified in a model organism, C. elegans; and (3) measure sleep and next-day cognitive effects of serial nights of alcohol use in adults.

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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