Jodi Mindell, Ph.D.

Professor, Director of Graduate Program

Areas Taught: Psychology

Expertise: Pediatric Sleep, Sleep and Family Issues, Sleep Disorders

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Seeking Better Health Through Better Sleep

Parents of newborns across the country are thankful for the counsel of psychologist Jodi Mindell, Ph.D. As one of the nation's leading authorities on sleep, Dr. Mindell has shared her expertise on how parents can help infants and toddlers sleep through the night and get the rest they need.

The author of several books, including a revised edition of Sleeping Through the Night and Take Charge of Your Child's Sleep: The All-in-One Resource for Solving Sleep Problems in Kids and Teens, Dr. Mindell has offered her advice on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "CBS Early Show," and CNN, and has appeared in magazines such as Parents, Child, Parenting, More, Baby Talk, and Prevention. Dr. Mindell also serves as adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and as associate director of the Sleep Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and on the advisory boards of Parents, Johnson's Baby, and BabyCenter.com.

In addition to her pediatric sleep expertise, she offers advice for parents and for teenagers, a group whose sleep is affected by what she calls "sleep stealers." "Teenagers aren't getting enough sleep because of interferences like early high school start times and an abundance of electronics in their bedrooms," she says. "They're sleeping through early-morning classes and aren't functioning in school."

"What happens at night while you sleep has a huge impact on what happens during the day," Dr. Mindell continues. "Not only do sleep disorders affect specific children, they affect the entire family."

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