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


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

  • Lab Manager: Rachel Salaz.

  • Graduate Students: Sachi Wong B.A. and Sophia Schneider.

  • Behavioral Interventionist: Tiffany Allen Ph.D.

  • Undergraduate Students: Omar Abughalib, Alexandra Coy, Sarena Gill, Trace Jablin, Meskerem Nemomsa, Zoe Parisian-Jeppesen, Katherine Petersen, Ambra Saurini, Elise Shalowitz, Taylor Shelafo, Taylor Teske, Anne Waddle.

  • Collaborators: Peter Achermann, Ph.D., University of Zurich; Mary Carskadon, Ph.D., Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; John Harsh, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder; 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): Margaret Doucette, Elsa Mullins, Shelby Kardel, Lauren Peregrine, Maddy Gardner, Katy Thellman, Alex Jones
Middle Column (from top): Hana Setterquist, Lameese Akacem, Karlie Johansen, Shane Nau, Corinna Cluckey, Ian McClain, Jon Lassonde
Right Column (from top): Salome Kurth, Allyson Schumacher, Sachi Wong, Hannah Craven

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

  • We are not accepting any undergraduates into the lab at this time. We already have enough undergraduate students for the summer and the 2017-2018 academic year.


Recent Publications


  • 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."