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College of the Holy Cross


College of the Holy Cross

Department of Psychology

1 College Square

Worcester, MA 01610


Faculty (Name, Email address)

Amy R. Wolfson, Ph.D.

Types of Training Available


`B.A. degree; opportunity to major in psychology, biology, and/or with concentration in biopsychology; research training and experience in sleep and behavior.

Types of Funding Available:

Undergraduate research awards from Holy Cross (e.g., summer and semester research

assistantships, funding to attend national/regional conferences as an undergraduate.

Current Trainees (Names and Email address):

Andrea Campbell  

Tatum Charron

Christina Rossi

Stephen Ribaudo

Trainees who have completed training [in the past five years] and current status (Name, Title, Institution, Email):

Jennifer Bassett Holy Cross, Class of ’98, graduate student in public health at Columbia University, New York, NY,;

Stephanie Crowley Holy Cross, Class of ’00, research assistant for Charmane Eastman, Ph.D., Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Ctr., Chicago,;

Lisa Goncalves Holy Cross, Class of ’00, research assistant for Kathy Lee, R.N., Ph.D., UCSF School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA;

Steve Balsis Holy Cross, Class of ’99, research assistant for Mary Carskadon, Ph.D., E.P. Bradley Hosp. Sleep Lab, Brown U. Medical School, Providence, RI,;

Kathleen McGurn Holy Cross, Class of ’99, graduate student in Social Work, U. of Texas, Austin;

Katherine Harrison Holy Cross, Class of ’96, MSW in Social Work, U. of Penn. May ’00,;

Stephanie Trentacoste Holy Cross, Class of ’98, Fulbright Scholar in Kenya conducting sleep research ’99 – ’00, currently at Georgetown U. School of Medicine

Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory

Sleep research on children and adolescents’ and women’s sleep and behavior. The research group has a particular focus on the impact of sleep schedules, sleep deprivation, etc. on daytime behavior (e.g., mood, coping skills, school/job performance, etc.). The lab recently completed a longitudinal study on women’s sleep and mood from last trimester of pregnancy through 12 months postpartum. Currently, we are beginning a prevention/intervention study for middle school-age adolescents. Dr. Wolfson also collaborates with Dr. Mary Carskadon at the E.P. Bradley Hospital Sleep Lab, Brown University Medical School. As a result, students from Dr. Wolfson’s lab have the opportunity to get experience in Dr. Carskadon’s research lab as well (e.g., polysomnography, actigraphy, etc.). In addition, students are able to intern at a clinical sleep lab affiliated with Memorial Hospital and University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

Research Focus: Research design, psychological and psychosocial measurement, sleep diary, actigraphy and sleep habits questionnaire approaches, behavioral observations, computer skills (e.g., data entry, management, statistical analyses, etc.), and data presentation.

Technical Capabilities of Lab

To date, Dr. Wolfson’s lab is not equipped with polysomnography. We hope to have actigraphs in the near future

Primary Training Focus

Human (Basic)

Other Training Opportunities

Once a year, Professor Wolfson offers a semester-long, seminar course titled, Sleep and Behavior. And, as stated above, students have the opportunity to work and intern at the E.P. Bradley Hospital Sleep Lab with Dr. Carskadon and colleagues, and at local sleep labs in Worcester. Students also attend meetings of the Providence Sleep Research Interest Group, Worcester Sleep Consortium, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Sleep Lab Grand Rounds. Many of Dr. Wolfson’s students attend national and regional sleep meetings each year.

Representative Publications For the Last Five Years

Wolfson, A., & Carskadon, M. (1996). Early school start times affect sleep and daytime functioning in adolescents. Sleep Research, 25, 117.

Wolfson, A. (1996). Sleeping patterns of children and adolescents: Developmental trends, disruptions and adaptations. In R. Dahl (Ed.), Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 5(3), 549-668. Philadelphia: WB Saunders.

Wolfson, A. (1998). Working with parents on developing efficacious sleep/wake habits for infants and young children. In C. Schaefer and J. Briesmeister (Eds.), Handbook of Parent Training: Parents as Co-Therapists for Children’s Behavior Problems (2nd Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Wolfson, A., & Carskadon, M. (August 1998). Sleep schedules and daytime functioning in adolescents. Child Development, 69(4), 875-887.

Carskadon, M., Wolfson, A., Acebo, C., Tzischinsky, O., & Seifer, R. (December 1998). Adolescent sleep patterns, circadian timing, and sleepiness at a transition to early school days. Sleep, 21(8), 871-881.

Acebo, C., Sadeh, A., Seifer, R., Tzischinsky, O., Wolfson, A., et al. (February 1999). Estimating sleep patterns with activity monitoring in children and adolescents: How many nights are necessary for reliable measures? Sleep, 22(1), 95-103.

Wolfson, A. (September 1999). Sleeping in: Changing high school start times improves performance. Advance Respiratory Care, 8(8), 14-16.

Wolfson, A., Dahl, R., & Trentacoste, S. (2000). Sleep in children with behavioral and psychiatric disorders. In G. Loughlin, J. Carroll, and C. Marcus (Eds), Sleep and Breathing During Sleep in Children: A Developmental Approach. New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Wolfson, A.R. (in press). The Women's Book of Sleep: A Complete Resource Guide. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

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Faculty Research Interests