Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness

Stephanie Jones, PhD

Stephanie Jones, received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008 and a Master’s of Science in Psychology in 2006. She is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Sleep and Consciousness at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Associate Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry. In addition to providing scientific and operational support to for the Institute’s large research program, her independent work is broadly focused on understanding sleep’s role in cognitive and emotional function during child development. Insufficient or disrupted sleep during development is associated with a host of adverse consequences ranging from disturbances in mood and emotion regulation to impaired academic performance. Her ongoing research includes an NIH funded R21 to study the role of sleep disruption in daytime mood and attentional performance in children aged 4-11. In addition, she has recently been awarded an internal UW pilot award to test a sleep-wearable, closed-loop technology that enhances slow-wave sleep (deep sleep) in otherwise healthy adolescents who get too little sleep. The goal of this work is to determine whether sleep enhancement can have functional impacts on daytime sleepiness, mood and performance in youth.

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