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 longstanding scholarship focuses broadly on adolescents’ sleep health and daytime functioning with a deep commitment to preventive-interventions including delaying school start times and her Sleep-Smart program for early adolescents. Her research 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 BehaviorHer current collaborative work (with Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services, Drs. Marianna Carlucci and Stephanie Crowley, Rush Medical College, and Loyola students) is examining the sleep health, schedules, and environment of youth residing in the juvenile justice system. Moreover, she is also working with colleagues at the University of Houston and Fairleigh Dickinson University on sleep education for foster caregivers and with colleagues at Johns Hopkins on improving sleep for hospitalized children. Dr. Wolfson is one of the co-authors on the AAP 2014 Policy Statement on healthy school start times and co-edited Sleep Health’s special issue on school start times. Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, she and colleagues conducted a national online survey of adolescents’ sleep and learning schedules, concluding that middle and high school students got more sleep if they had later school start times and hybrid schedules were associated with the greatest night-to-night variability in sleep schedules and duration. Currently, she is an Associate Editor of Sleep Health and on the Board of Directors of the Sleep Research Society. In all her sleep health projects, she loves engaging her students in her passion – sleep health research and interventions!

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
Tori Kovelman

Tori Kovelman

Tori credits Loyola for developing her as a leader, advocate, and change agent for her students, school, and the system