24th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues - Sleep across the Life Course: Family Influences & Impacts

Date 10/24/16 to 10/25/16
Location Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom, University Park campus, State College, PA
Registration URL https://redcap.ctsi.psu.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=RFF89LTHP9

Decades of clinical and epidemiological research have established the role of sleep in human health and well-being. Sleep quality, quantity, and timing have implications for physiological processes ranging from immune and endocrine to brain functioning, and have been linked to obesity and diabetes, heart disease and stroke, depressed mood and cognition, and accidents. Many adults in the U.S. get less sleep than they need, however, and national data also suggest that children and adolescents sleep fewer hours than recommended for their age. Moreover, both insufficient sleep quantity and poor sleep quality are elevated among ethnic minorities in the U.S. Such findings, in combination with research on the health implications of sleep, direct attention to the social/environmental factors that may promote healthful sleep—including characteristics and dynamics of families. The 2016 National Symposium on Family Issues aims to stimulate research by family scholars on the roles families can play in fostering healthful sleep patterns among their members.

Monday, October 24 - Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom

8:15-8:45am Check in

8:45-9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks


Session 1: Establishing Healthful Sleep Patterns in Childhood

Infant sleep and the family context: Bidirectional influences - Douglas Teti, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Pediatrics and Psychology, Penn State

Sleep and development: Familial and socio-cultural considerations - Mona El-Sheikh, Ph.D., Leonard Peterson & Co. and Alumni Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University


Session 2:  Sleeping Together, Sleeping Better? Couple Relationships and Sleep

Close relationship qualtiy: Implications for sleep quality and sleep disorders - Wendy Troxel, Ph.D., Behavioral and Social Scientist, Rand Corporation

Gender and sleep disruption in international perspective - David Maume, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of Cincinnati, and Leah Ruppanner, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Melbourne

Sleep, marriage, and social engagement among older adults - Diane Lauderdale, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Epidemiology, University of Chicago

4:30-5:45pm Reception for all attendees in Faculty-Staff Club (lower level)

Tuesday, October 25 - Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom


Session 3: The Social Ecologies of Healthful Sleep

Family influences on sleep: Comparative and historical-evolutionary perspectives - Carol Worthman, Ph.D., Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology, Emory University

How do sociodemographic, psychosocial, and contextual factors predict sleep patterns across childhood? - Lauren Hale, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University, and Sarah James, Department of Sociology, Princeton University 

How can family scholars advance the study of sleep? - Susan Redline, M.D., M.P.H., Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Workshop: Sleep Study Methodologies (Pre-registration is required as seats are limited)

Incorporating sleep into interdisciplinary research on families - Orfeu Buxton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health, Penn State

You want to incorporate sleep into your research¾ What's next?
This workshop will review approaches for including sleep in family, dyadic, and individual-focused research projects. In addition to conceptual issues (e.g., sleep health, duration, quality, and timing), considerations in the temporal domain (use of daily, weekly, and other longitudinal assessments), as well as measurement devices and strategies, and analytic methods will be discussed.


Symposium Registration - Pre-registration is required 

Attendance is Free for Penn State students and employees
$50 for students and post-docs from other universities
$90 for all others

We are not able to accept credit cards. Please make checks payable to "Penn State".

Mail to: Carolyn Scott, Social Science Research Institute, Penn State, 114 Henderson, University Park PA 16802


Symposium Sponsors 

The Symposium on Family Issues is sponsored annually by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R13 HD048150).

Thank you to our Penn State sponsors: Social Science Research Institute, Population Research Institute, Department of Sociology, Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Department of Psychology, Prevention Research Center, Child Study Center, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Biobehavioral Health.


Attendee Parking

Parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck near the Nittany Lion Inn. Validation for free parking is available at the front desk. Please note the Penn State students are not allowed to park in the Nittany Parking Deck.



A block of rooms is being held at the Nittany Lion Inn.  Single occupancy rooms are $127 plus tax. The rate is not guaranteed after Sept. 23, 2016 or after the block is filled. Use reservation code FAMJ16A. Contact the Inn at (800) 233-7505.

For other lodging options visit statecollege.com and choose the Lodging tab.


Family Care

If you need suggestions for family care during the Symposium, contact Carolyn Scott.

Also see:
Family Symposium Homepage
Family Symposium Books

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