In my research program, I examine the link between sleep and psychosocial functioning among youth. There are three overarching goals that guide my program of research: 1) To determine the temporal ordering of effects (i.e., bidirectional associations) between sleep characteristics and various indices of psychosocial functioning; 2) To examine the
mechanisms or mediating pathways underlying the link between sleep and psychosocial
functioning over time; and 3) To assess the role of individual differences (e.g.,
morningness-eveningness) in the link between sleep and psychosocial functioning. I am
interested in a wide range of psychosocial indices including: academics, interpersonal
relationships, media use, substance use, and intrapersonal adjustment (e.g., depressive
symptoms, anxiety, daily stress). Some of the statistical tools I use to address my research goals
include: auto-regressive cross-lagged analysis, growth curve modeling, latent class growth curve analysis, and hierarchical linear modeling. My interest in sleep and psychosocial functioning extends to both short term (i.e., day-to-day) as well as long term (over years) associations. I am particularly interested in these associations during adolescence and emerging adulthood.