I am a faculty
member in the Behavioral
and Cognitive Neuroscience and Developmental
programs in the Departments of Psychology and Biology at the University of Iowa.
I am currently also Editor-in-Chief of the APA journal, Behavioral
member of the Delta
Center, and a
Past-President of the International
Society for Developmental Psychobiology. Here
you will find links to my lab and the people who work there, a description
of our current research, and recent books and journal articles.
There is also information for prospective
graduate students and postdocs.
Sleep --- particularly
its development, functions, and neural control --- is the current
focus of our research. It is curious that although sleep occupies
most of our time when we are infants, the vast majority of sleep
research focuses on adults. One overriding reason for this odd imbalance
is simply the difficulty of working with infants. We have overcome
this problem by developing novel techniques that allow us to probe
the neural and physiological mechanisms that modulate infant behavior.
Using such techniques, we are now able to investigate sleep during
a time when it is prominent and changing rapidly.
POSTDOCTORAL and GRADUATE STUDENT