Sleep and Development Laboratory

Administrative Research Center (ARC), Room A48

3100 Marine Street
Boulder, CO 80309-0554
phone: 303-492-4584
fax: 303-735-4125

Research Interests

Personnel

  • Director: Monique K. LeBourgeois, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Salome Kurth, Ph.D.

  • Lab Manager: Hannah Craven, B.A.

  • Graduate Students: Lameese Akacem, M.S., Margaret Doucette, B.A., Karlie Johansen, B.A., Jonathan Lassonde, B.A., Shane Nau, Allyson Schumacher, B.S.

  • Professional Research Assistants: Elsa Mullins, B.A.

  • Sleep Technician: Jonathan Lassonde, B.A.

  • Undergraduate Students: Corinna Cluckey, Maddy Gardner, Alex Jones, Shelby Kardel, Ian McClain, Hana Setterquist, Katy Thellman, Sachi Wong.

  • Collaborators: Peter Achermann, Ph.D., University of Zurich; Mary Carskadon, Ph.D., Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; John Harsh, Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi; Reto Huber, Ph.D., University Children’s Hospital (Zurich); Oskar Jenni, M.D., University Children’s Hospital (Zurich); Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, Ph.D., Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Alison Miller, Ph.D., University of Michigan; Thomas Rusterholz, Ph.D., University of Zurich; Ronald Seifer, Ph.D., Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Sarah Watamura, Ph.D., The University of Denver.
Left column (from top): Matthew Nier, Cristin Bazzanella, Dr. Salome Kurth, Elsa Mullins, Alex Jones
Second column: Hannah Craven, Sherin Cherian, Karlie Johansen, Shane Nau, Margaret Doucette
Third column: Allyson Schumacher, Dr. Monique LeBourgeois, Lauren Pierpoint
Fourth column: Jonathan Lassonde, Ian McClain, Kathryn Thellman, Jessica Ray
Far right (L to R): Rebekah Tribble, Hana Setterquist, Lameese Akacem

Current Research Projects

  • Early developmental changes in sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythms.

  • Effects of sleep restriction on young children’s emotion processing and cognition.

  • Sleep and brain development.

  • Asthma, sleep, and academic functioning in urban school children.
  • Persons interested in volunteering to participate in one of these studies should visit our Sleep and Development Laboratory Web site.

Opportunities for Undergraduates

  • The requirements for undergraduate students who want a research experience in our Laboratory are:
    • A strong desire to obtain research experiences prior to graduate school, medical school, or advanced study in a health-related field.
    • Minimum commitment: One year.
    • Minimum hours/week: 10 hours (in addition to journal club).
    • Minimum experience: No prior experience required.
    • Must be willing to work with a team.
    • Must enjoying working with young children and families.
    • Must be able to work various hours during the day, at night, and on weekends.

  • UROP, BURST, HHMI, and independent study opportunities are available.

  • Interested students should complete this application and e-mail it to monique.lebourgeois@colorado.edu.

Videos

Recent Publications

Funding

  • 2005-2010, Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, "Sleep-Wake Regulation and Emotion in Early Childhood."

  • 2005-2010, Minimitter/Respironics, "Reliability and Validity of the Minimitter Actiwatch in Preschool Children."

  • 2009-2014, NIH, "Asthma and Academic Functioning in Urban Children (Koinis-Mitchell, PI; LeBourgeois, CO-I)."

  • 2009-2011, NIH, "Disadvantaged Children: Predictors & Outcomes of Sleep Behaviors (Hale, PI; LeBourgeois, CO-I)."

  • 2010, Sleep Resource Foundation, "Circadian Regulation of Sleep."

  • 2010-2015, NIH, "Sleep and Emotion Regulation across Early Childhood."