Dr. Montgomery-Downs is an Associate Professor of Psychology, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and a member of the Centers for Neuroscience. She serves as the coordinator for the PhD program in Behavioral Neuroscience.
Lab website: http://hawley_montgomery-downs.psychology.wvu.edu
Dr. Montgomery-Downs conducts research on sleep and sleep disorders and directs the Sleep Research Laboratory. Her current research focus is on the effects of infant feeding methods on development of pediatric sleep-disordered breathing, the impact of postpartum sleep deprivation and fragmentation on maternal functioning, and the long-term maternal recovery from early postpartum sleep disturbance.
The Sleep and Sleep Disorders Laboratory will be accepting applications from potential graduate students for Fall of 2014. Applicants should apply to Psychology, concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience.
- Pediatric Sleep-Disordered Breathing
- Sleep and Development
- Postpartum Sleep Disturbance
- Sleep Methodology
Margeaux Gray, MS
Psychology Graduate Student
The relationship between sleep and pain, inspired by my thesis work on sleep architecture following circumcision. My recently-approved dissertation will consider the effects of systematic sleep disturbance on pressure pain threshold/tolerance and will explore a mechanism potentially conferring its effect. I am also interested in the physiological underpinnings of developmental changes in (and related to) sleep architecture, including effects of maternal sleep disturbance on infant sleep and development. Broadly, I’m interested in linking quantifiable sleep data with behavioral observations to realize the advantages of a multi-stage sleep cycle and in investigating how the proportions of the sleep cycle develop and acutely adapt to environmental pressures.
Chris Bauer, BA
Neuroscience Graduate Student
I am interested in the impact of infant feeding methods (breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding) and their impact on sleep quality and white matter development. In my dissertation I intend to measure neural connectivity and myelination using MR scans, looking for both whole brain white matter volume and quality of white matter connections (using DTI). Understanding the mechanisms behind why breastfeeding may have a positive impact on the developing individual, both biological and behavioral, could help to one day give us the means to assist newborn children in growing into their full potential, and avoid development-related disorders. Additional interests include various medical imaging technologies, including but not limited to PSG (EEG), MRI, and positron emission tomography (PET).
Colleen Warren, MA
Psychology Graduate Student
Colleen is involved in a multi-part study that explores the effects of infant feeding methods on pediatric sleep disordered breathing. My personal research interests revolve around parental knowledge of and behaviors during sleep-related infant care and the integration of healthy and safe parent-infant sleep practices. My thesis study will assess the current state of infant sleep safety in West Virginia by exploring related parental knowledge, sources of information, and practices.
Undergraduate Student, Psychology
Currently, I am a junior earning my B.S. in psychology and this is my first year in the sleep research lab. I love studying the mind, with an emphasis in both behavioral and sensory neuroscience. While my experience with studying sleep is still very new, I am interested in learning as much as I can about the processes of sleep and how the body is affected during these phases.
Undergraduate Student, Pre-med Psychology and Biology
I am a sophomore pre-med psychology and biology student in the undergraduate program at WVU. Given my major choices, I see neuroscience as the perfect combination of the two. Sleep research allows me the amazing experience of human research. This is my first year in the lab, but I have already learned more than I could in any class. My main interest in sleep research at the moment is simply to learn more about scoring each stage of sleep.
- McBean AL, Kinsey SG, Montgomery-Downs HE. Effects of a single night of postpartum sleep on childless women's daytime functioning. Physiol Behav (2016) 156: 137-47.
- McBean AL, Montgomery-Downs HE. What are postpartum women doing while the rest of the world is asleep? Journal of Sleep Research 2015;24:270-280.
- McBean AL, Montgomery-Downs HE. Diurnal Fatigue Patterns, Sleep Timing, and Mental Health Outcomes among Healthy Postpartum Women. Biological Research for Nursing 2015;17:29-39.
- Meltzer LJ, Hiruma LS, Avis K, Montgomery-Downs H, Valentin J. Comparison of a commercial accelerometer with polysonography and actigraphy in children and adolescents. Sleep 2015;38:1323-1330.
- Insana SP, Foley KP, Montgomery-Downs HE, Kolko DJ, McNeil CB. Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence Demonstrate Disturbed Sleep and Impaired Functional Outcomes. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
- Insana SP, Garfield CF, Montgomery-Downs HE. A Mixed-Method Examination of Maternal and Paternal Nocturnal Caregiving. Journal of Pediatric Health Care 2014;28:313-321.
- Thomas RJ, Mietus JE, Peng CK, Guo D, Gozal D, Montgomery-Downs H, Gottlieb DJ, Wang CY, Goldberger AL. Relationship between delta power and the electrocardiogram-derived cardiopulmonary (CPC) spectrogram: Possible implications for assessing the “effectiveness” of sleep. Sleep Medicine 2014;15:125-131.