Wendy Troxel

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Wendy Troxel



Wendy M. Troxel, Ph.D.

Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist, RAND
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

If Wendy ruled the world she would eliminate socioeconomic disparities by ensuring a more even distribution of wealth worldwide.

Dr. Troxel is a Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist at RAND and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist. Dr. Troxel’s research focuses on the interface between sleep, the social environment, and health, and on implications for public policy.

Her research is supported by the Department of Defense and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Troxel’s work has been published in international medical and psychological journals and received multiple awards and honors from scientific societies. Her work has garnered widespread media attention from print, TV, and online outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN, and Huffington Post. Her research on sleep was also featured in two best-selling books, “Sleep Revolution” by Arianna Huffington and “Dreamland” by David Randall, and in a National Geographic documentary, “Sleepless in America.”

As an active clinical psychologist, Dr. Troxel helps patients overcome sleep disorders through behavioral (nonpharmacologic) treatment. She was the founding director of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine–an accredited training program in Behavioral Sleep Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She continues to provide research and clinical training opportunities for graduate and postdoctoral students interested in sleep medicine. She also holds leadership roles in several professional sleep societies, is an Associate Editor for the journal “Sleep Health”, and has been involved in local and national efforts focused on healthy school start times for adolescents.

Wendy’s favorite TED talk is Amy Cuddy: Power Poses.

2016 Talk

Sleepy Teens – A Public Health Epidemic

Sleep deprivation – What most parents, teachers, and school administrators think of as just part of being a teenager, Rand Corporation sleep scientist Wendy Troxel labels loss of teen sleep a public health epidemic. Not a function of being social or participating in social media, Wendy believes sleep loss is mostly due to school start times – a matter of public policy.