Health and Sleep Psychology Research Team


Our Objectives:

Our objectives are to test the theories that explain "mind/body" relationships and to design and test innovative prevention and stress-reduction strategies that have direct relationships on health behaviors (i.e., sleep). Specifically, we are interested in investigating theories that explain sleep disturbance and insomnia among college students and peri-menopausal women. We also have ongoing collaborative efforts that include motivational strategies to increase sun protective behaviors to prevent skin cancer. Our research team is dedicated to investigating and testing preventions and interventions for adult insomnia including Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies, Written Emotional Expression, and Psychoeducation for Sleep Quality among college students. More recently, we started exploring the relationship between mindfulness and insomnia. Examples of graduate student projects include studies that explore the relationships between insomnia and sleep quality and pain, as well as among cancer populations; sleep and psychosomatic complaints; loneliness as a moderator for insomnia; psychoeducational approaches for sleep; and gender differences in sleep.

“Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care

The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath

Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,

Chief nourisher in life's feast.”

~William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Drexel University Health and Sleep Psychology Research Team