Loyola University Maryland


Amy R. Wolfson, Ph.D.

Amy WolfsonProfessor of Psychology

Office:  FC 219
Telephone: 410-617-7201
Email: awolfson@loyola.edu


A.B. (Psychology), Harvard University
M.A., (Clinical Psychology), Washington University
Ph.D., (Clinical Psychology), Washington University
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
Clinical-Child Psychology Internship, State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY


Amy R. Wolfson’s scholarship on sleep and well-being in children, adolescents, emerging adults, and women has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and she 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 (NICHD) in 2005 for her Young Adolescent Sleep-Smart Pacesetter Program, a preventive-intervention study of urban, middle school students' sleep patterns and hygiene, behavioral well-being, and academic performance. Recently, she co-edited a special issue for Sleep Health on Sleep Science and Policy: A Focus on School Start Times. Her current research is focused on several areas including, school start times and adolescents’ sleep; early adolescents’ caffeine consumption and sleep patterns; sleep education for pediatric health care providers; and sleep health in the juvenile justice system. Wolfson came to Loyola from the College of the Holy Cross, where she chaired the psychology department and served as associate dean.

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 UniversityPress. (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

Troxel, W. & Wolfson, A.R. (Eds.) (2017). Sleep Science and policy: A focus on school start times (special issue). Sleep Health, 3(6).

Sharkey, K. & Wolfson, A.R. (Eds.) (2016). Women and Sleep. Current Sleep Medicine Reports. Springer Link, vol. 2 [see http://link.springer.com/journal/40675 for online version].

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Meltzer, L.J., Short, M., Booster, G., Gradisar, M., Marco, C.A., Wolfson, A., & Carskadon, M.A. (2019). Pediatric motor activity in sleep as measured by actigraphy. Sleep, 42(1), 1-10.

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. 

Owens, J.A., Wolfson, A.R., Carskadon, M.A., Au, R., & Millman, R.  (2014).  AAP Policy Statement on School Start Times. Pediatrics, 134 (3), 642-649.

Short, M., Wolfson, A., Carskadon, M., Wright, H., Lack, L., Gradisar, M., & Dewald, J.F.  (2013). A cross-cultural comparison of U.S. and Australian adolescents: The effect of school start time, parent set bedtimes and extracurricular load. Health Education and Behavior, 40(3), 323-330.

Marco, C.A., Wolfson, A.R., Sparling, M., & Azuaje, A. (2012).  Family socioeconomic status and sleep patterns of young adolescents. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 10(1), 70-80.

Book Chapters/Monographs

Ziporyn, T. & Wolfson, A.R. (2018). Adolescent Sleep and Later School Start Times. In Cappuccio, F.P., Miller, M.A., Lockley, S.W., & Rajaratnam, S.M.W. (Eds) Sleep, Health and Society: From Aetiology to Public Health (2nd Edition). Oxford University Press.

Stremler, R., Sharkey, K., & Wolfson, A. (2016).  Postpartum Sleep. In Kryger, M., Roth, T., & Dement, W. (Eds.)  Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, (6th Edition). Philadelphia:  W. B. Saunders Company.

Other Publications

Wolfson, A.R., Owens, J., Pelayo, R., & Ziporyn-Snider, T. (September 12, 2018). Why early school start times and the adolescent brain don’t mix. LA Times, Letter to the Editor.

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, September 23). Turning to the humanities in times of crisis (OpEd). Baltimore Sun.

Course Offerings

  • PY101: Introductory Psychology
  • PY101: Introduction to Psychology, Messina
  • PY 418/419: Sleep, Health and Behavior
  • PY 418/419: Circadian Rhythms
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