Dr. LeBourgeois’ research focuses on the intimate intertwining between sleeping and waking physiology, brain activity, and behavior during early childhood. One line of research examines changes in sleep and circadian physiology across early childhood using sleep EEG recordings and dim light salivary melatonin assessments. Another line of research involves the behavioral and physiological effects of sleep restriction on young children’s emotion processing. Other collaborative lines of work involve large-scale investigations of the social/demographic predictors of bedtime routines and sleep, as well as relations between sleep and health/developmental outcomes (e.g., asthma, obesity, emotion regulation, verbal ability) in at-risk children. The collective goal of this research is to develop an integrative longitudinal understanding of such brain-behavior processes, which may uncover important points of entry for prevention and treatment of mental illness and physical disease.
early childhood development, sleep physiology, circadian rhythms, stress, emotion regulation, brain development
IPHY 3580 - Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Health
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
Examines the history of sleep and circadian rhythms; lifespan development of sleep and rhythms; observational, physiological and clinical measures of sleep; screening for sleep and circadian disorders; associations between poor sleep and circadian misalignment and health; and evidence-based sleep and circadian interventions/preventions in healthy and clinical samples. Department enforced prerequisites: one year general biology plus labs, and one semester of statistics.
IPHY 4870 - Honors Thesis
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Department enforced prerequisites: IPHY 2800 and IPHY 3700.
IPHY 4930 - Internship
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of at least two of the major core classes.
IPHY 6840 - Research Project
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Involves a scholarly investigation of a selected topic using literature and/or experimental techniques. Advisor required. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.
IPHY 6950 - Master's Thesis
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Must have 4 credit hours and may be repeated up to 6 total credits.