Loyola University Maryland


Amy R. Wolfson, Ph.D.

Amy WolfsonProfessor of Psychology


Harvard University, Psychology, AB, Cum Laude, 1982
Washington University in St. Louis, Clinical Psychology, MA, 1984
Washington University in St. Louis, Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., 1987
Stanford University, Department of Psychology
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 1988-1990
State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY
Clinical-Child Psychology Intern, Department of Psychiatry, 1984-1985


Amy R. Wolfson has been published in numerous prestigious peer-reviewed journals and is the author of two books, The Woman’s Book of Sleep: A Complete Resource Guide and The Oxford Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Sleep and Behavior. Wolfson was awarded a six-year $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2005 for her Young Adolescent Sleep-Smart Pacesetter Program—the largest individual grant awarded to a College of the Holy Cross faculty member. Wolfson recently completed the Sleep-Smart study, a longitudinal study of urban, middle school students' sleep patterns and hygiene, behavioral well-being, and academic performance, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

She is co-editing a special issue for Sleep Health on Sleep Science and Policy: a Focus on School Start Times and her current research is addressing the implications of emotional and physical health practices on adolescents’ sleep. She has taught courses on gender and leadership, mental health, health psychology, women's studies, and sleep and circadian rhythms. Wolfson came to Loyola from the College of the Holy Cross, where she chaired the psychology department and served as associate dean from 2010-2014.

Representative scholarship


Wolfson, A.R. & Montgomery-Downs, H. (Eds.) (2013).  The Oxford handbook of infant,

  child, and adolescent sleep and behavior.  New York, NY: Oxford University

  Press. (see also: Oxford Handbooks Online, www.oxfordhandbooks.com).

Wolfson, A.R. (2001).  The women’s book of sleep: A complete resource guide.  Oakland, CA:

  New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Edited Volumes, Journal Issues

Sharkey, K. & Wolfson, A.R. (Eds.) (2016). Women and sleep. Current Sleep Medicine

  Reports, 2(4). Springer Link.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Wolfson, A., Harkins, E., Johnson, M., & Marco, C. (2015). Effects of the young adolescent

  Sleep Smart Program on sleep hygiene practices, sleep health efficacy, and

  behavioral well-being. Sleep Health, 1(3), 197-204.

Gradisar, M., Wolfson, A., Harvey, A. G., Hale, L., Russell, R., & Czeisler, C. (2013). The sleep

  and technology use of Americans: findings from the National Sleep Foundation’s

  2011 Sleep in America Poll. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 9(12), 1291-1299.

Book Chapters/Monographs

Sharkey, K. M., & Wolfson, A. R. (2016). A Quarter century of research progress leads

  to answers and new questions for women’s sleep health. In K. Sharkey & A. Wolfson (Eds.),

Women and sleep. Current Sleep Medicine Reports, 2(4), 181-182. 

Stremler, R., Sharkey, K., & Wolfson, A. (2016).  Postpartum sleep.  In M. Kryger, T. Roth, & W.

Dement (Eds.),  Principles and practice of sleep medicine (6th Ed.).  Philadelphia, PA:

W. B. Saunders Company.  

Wolfson, A. R., & Johnson, M. (2014).  Update and review:  The school start times countermeasure to

adolescents’ insufficient sleep.  In S. Sheldon, R. Ferber, M. Kryger, & D. Gozal (Eds.),

Principles and practice of pediatric sleep medicine (2nd Edition).  Elsevier.

Other Publications and Papers

Lewin, D.S., Wolfson, A.R., Bixler, E.O., & Carskadon, M.A (2016). Duration isn’t everything.

  Healthy sleep in children and teens: Duration, individual need and timing.

  Commentary on Paruthi et al. Consensus Statement of the American Academy of

  Sleep Medicine on the recommended amount of sleep for healthy children:

  Methodology and discussion. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 12(11), 1549-1561.

Wolfson, A. R. (2016). Reflections on Hospitality and Justice: Sarah’s Tent. Justice in Jesuit

  Higher Education (3rd Edition). Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD:

  Apprentice House Press.

Wolfson, A. R. (2016, September 23). Turning to the humanities in times of crisis

  (OpEd). Baltimore Sun.




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