Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
- Health and wellness
Mary A. Carskadon received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gettysburg College in 1969 and a doctorate with distinction in neuro- and biobehavioral sciences from Stanford University in 1979. Carskadon’s research includes examining 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. Carskadon has written many scientific papers, and she has received a number of honors, including an honorary doctorate of sciences from Gettysburg College, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Sleep Foundation, and 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.