Middle school to high school transition

A fast growing body of research suggests that sleep may play a role in adolescent school success. Our research group was recently funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to conduct what will be one of the largest longitudinal studies of the association between sleep and adolescent academic achievement and social/emotional well-being. We will follow 300 adolescents, 150 with ADHD and 150 without ADHD from 8th grade through 10th grade to carefully evaluate how changes in sleep impact school performance. This study will provide important information that will inform best-practice sleep guidelines for schools and families. If you are interested in learning more about this study or participating, please read the Sleep Study Introduction Letter and the Sleep Study Flyer. You may also call (804) 827-1517‌. All families and adolescents will be compensated for their time and effort.

Our prior research on sleep and academic functioning:

Langberg, J. M., Dvorsky, M. R., Marshall, S., & Evans, S. W. (2013). Clinical implications of daytime sleepiness for the academic performance of middle school-aged adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Sleep Research, 22(5). 542-548.  Download the pdf.

Lanberg, J. M., Dvorsky, M. R., Becker, S. P., & Molitor, S. J. (2014). The impact of daytime sleepiness on the school performance of college students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): A prospective longitudinal study. Journal of Sleep Research, 23(3). 318-325.  Download the pdf.