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Grandner Michael A. Grandner PhD MTR CBSM FAASM

Director, Sleep and Health Research Program;
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Dr. Grandner is the Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine in the College of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Science, and Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He is a licensed Psychologist and Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. His research focuses on how sleep and sleep-related behaviors are related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, neurocognitive functioning, mental health, and longevity. Specific areas of focus include: (1) Downstream cardiovascular, metabolic, and behavioral health outcomes associated with insufficient sleep, (2) Upstream social, behavioral, and biological determinants of insufficient sleep, and (3) Development and implementation of behavioral interventions for sleep as a domain of health behavior. Dr. Grandner has published over 80 articles and chapters on issues relating to sleep and health, is Associate Editor of the journal Sleep Health: The Official Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, serves on the Mental Health Task Force for the NCAA, and has partnered with a number of athletic, health, and corporate organizations. He is a regular lecturer on topics related to sleep and health for students, patients, corporations, and athletes, and has been invited multiple times to the National Institutes of Health and has presented for the US Congress. His research has been profiled in hundreds of national and international news outlets, TV programs, magazines, and newspapers. He has received awards and honors for his work from the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Sleep Research Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Heart Association, Population Association of America, Sleep Research Network, and other groups. He has also received two separate Outstanding Professor Awards for his teaching.

Read Dr. Grandner's current CV or contact Dr. Grandner directly.

See more at http://www.michaelgrandner.com.


Pamela Alfonso-Miller MD

Research Program Manager

Dr. Alfonso-Miller is a trained Pediatrician with an interest in the effects of mental health on physical health, the phenomenology of emotion, intersectional healthcare and better living through accessible knowledge. She oversees all SHRP programs, training, regulatory concerns, and other issues. In her spare time, Dr. Alfonso-Miller likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.


Jo-Ann Gehrels MA

CHARTS Study Coordinator

Jo-Ann Gehrels serves as the Study Coordinator for the CHARTS Study. She holds a Bachelor’s as well as a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona. Following Graduate School, Jo-Ann worked as a Clinical Research Associate at Yale University School of Medicine, on a study of epilepsy in children. From there she became a Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Washington Medical Center, studying risk factors for intracranial meningioma. For the last 12 years she has been a Research Assistant at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, working with traumatic brain injured patients. On the CHARTS Study, Jo-Ann will oversee the coordination for the study, including all subject scheduling, appointments, and progress; database management; and regulatory compliance and correspondence. Jo-Ann serves as the primary contact person for the study. When not at work Jo-Ann enjoys SCUBA diving, hiking, music, and her two pugs.




Ephrat Fisseha is currently a junior studying Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona and is working as a Research Assistant with the Sleep & Health Research Program. Her primary interest in this field of research involves the role sleep has on memory, learning, and the glymphatic system. After obtaining her Bachelors of Science, Ephrat aspires to purse an M.D./Ph.D. allowing her to research her interests, as well as practice on patients.


Sierra Forbush is a third-year student at the University of Arizona Honor's College. She is studying Physiology and Psychology in her pursuit to become a Physician. In her undergraduate years she has acquired experience with research in Depression and Interpersonal Relationships and is currently assisting with the Sleep and Health Research Program.


Karla Granados is currently pursuing a BS in Psychology, accompanied by a minor in Spanish. Karla currently volunteers her time as a crisis counselor through CrisisTextLine and at TRAK Ranch, a therapeutic ranch for children. Karla is interested in the study of behavioral and clinical psychology; specifically, the influence socioeconomic and sociocultural determinants have on the overall success of mental and behavioral disorders treatments. Ultimately, Karla plans on pursuing a doctorate degree in clinical psychology hoping to furthermore expand her knowledge in the area.


Ariana Haghighi is a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in physiology. She is primarily interested in the function of circadian rhythm on human physiology. Aside from participating in the Sleep and Health research program, Ariana also volunteers in Hospice care. After graduation she would like to go to school to become a physician assistant. 


Christine Hall is a Neuroscience and Cognitive Science major at the University of Arizona Honors College, emphasizing in development and aging. She is excited to be involved in the Sleep & Health Research Program, and plans to investigate the cardiometabolic effects of sleep across populations in her Honors Thesis. Christine plans on pursuing a Medical Doctorate.


Angelica Jaszewski is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Art History. She is now a Research Assistant with the Sleep & Health Research Program in the University of Arizona Psychiatry Department. Angelica's primary interest is in Clinical Forensic Psychology with an emphasis on juvenile offenders within the justice system, and plans on pursuing a Doctoral degree within this field. 


Christina Meridew is currently a junior working towards getting a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona. She is interested in learning more about the effects sleep can have on normal daily activities and levels of health. Christina plans on continuing her education by going to Graduate School and engaging in more research devoted to the workings of the mind.


Demi Ocaño is currently working on completing her Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science with an emphasis in Neurobiology, as well as completing a minor in Spanish. Demi is working under the supervision of Dr. Grandner as a Research Assistant in the Sleep and Health Research Program. She hopes to gain an immense amount of experience before pursuing Medical School after her Undergraduate degree is complete. 


Ashley Okuagu is an honors student at the University of Arizona pursuing her Bachelors of Health Sciences in Physiology. Currently a sophomore, Ashley's primary interests include holistic and naturopathic medicine as well as the effects of mindfulness and meditation on body health. Ashley plans on pursuing Osteopathic Medicine to further delve into these interests, with hopes of becoming a Physician.


Kayla Oliviér is an undergrad at the University of Arizona pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science and Molecular & Cellular Biology. Upon graduation, Kayla plans on attending Medical School to become a Pediatric Neurosurgeon. Kayla’s interests include studying child development and, more specifically, how changes in an environment can affect an individual throughout his or her life. She is currently volunteering her time assisting with the Sleep & Health Research Program.


Kristi Poling is currently an Honors College student double majoring in Nutritional Sciences and Spanish, with a double minor in Biochemistry and Human and Health Values. She is interested in preventative/functional medicine and hopes to go to medical school to earn a MD/MPH degree. She is involved in various pre-health clubs on campus and enjoys volunteering locally and through philanthropic events in the Greek community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, being a foodie, and spending time with her dog, Tux.


Jeffrey Saccone is a transfer student from Rutgers State University, New Jersey, pursuing a B.S. degree in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science with an emphasis in Neurobiology. His primary research interests in this lab include, using polysomnography to analyze sleep quality based on observed appetite before slumber. Jeffery’s overall goal is to one day become a Neurosurgeon. When not working in the lab, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his bird, playing piano, and playing rugby.

Kristin Till is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. She got into sleep research back in 2015, in Dr. Rebecca Gomez' lab, and continued working as a research assistant in this area because she felt it it was such a fascinating subject that seemed understudied. She now works as a research assistant on Project REST, as well as her own senior thesis that examines sleep habits and decision making in college students. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school to pursue a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies.


Chloe Warlick is a second year student at the University of Arizona pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. Chloe has a wide range of interests in the psychological and medical fields and currently contributes to the Sleep and Health Research Program as a Research Assistant. After graduation, Chloe plans to attend Medical School in hopes of becoming a Psychiatrist.


Robert Yang is currently an honors student at the University of Arizona majoring in Psychology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. His primary interest is in mental health and how it can be improved in everyday life. After completing his undergraduate study, Robert plans on enrolling in Medical School to study to become a Psychiatrist. He is currently volunteering his time assisting with the Sleep & Health Research Program.



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