Meet our Expert Review Board

Our subject-matter experts fact check a variety of sleep health articles across the Early Bird blog.

To ensure we’re delivering the most accurate and up-to-date information for our readers, we sought out the help of certified experts and medical professionals to not only verify our advice, but also to lend some of their own wisdom to our articles. These expert reviewers allow us to provide our readers with the tools and knowledge to understand the importance of sleep, learn more about their sleep patterns, and take healthy steps towards improving their day-to-day sleeping habits.

Learn more about our top-notch expert reviewers below.

Michele Roberge, RPSGT, R.T.

Sleep Disorder Treatment

Michele Roberge is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist and a Registered Radiologic Technologist. Michele currently leads a 4-bed, hospital-based sleep disorder center in Florida, which is also home to one of the largest sleep apnea support groups in the nation.

Dr. Jade Wu, PhD, DBSM

Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Dr. Jade Wu, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral sleep medicine. She completed her Ph.D. at Boston University, and finished her medical psychology residency and clinical fellowship at Duke University School of Medicine.

Colleen E. Carney, Ph.D., CPsych

Sleep and Mental Health

Dr. Colleen E. Carney is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. She is the current President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders Special Interest Group.

Dr. Michael Grandner is a licensed Clinical Psychologist certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program. His work has received awards from the Sleep Research Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Heart Association, and other organizations.

James Lucas III, MS, RD, CSSD

Nutrition Science

James Lucas has over ten years of experience as a Registered Dietitian, plus he’s a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and an exercise physiologist. He has a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Southern Connecticut State University.

Colleen Ehrnstrom, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). She is board certified in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and works in counseling and psychiatric services (CAPS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Douglas R. Krebs, DC, FACO, Cert. MDT is a Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist. Dr. Krebs holds certifications in Selective Functional Movement Assessments, Titleist Performance Institute Medical 2 Certified, as well as McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Certified. He also is a Primary Spine Practitioner through the University of Pittsburgh.

Carlene Thomas, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Carlene Thomas RDN holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from James Madison University and completed her Dietetic Internship through Virginia Tech. She’s also a former president of the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a cookbook author and works as a health writer, recipe developer, and food and beverage visual content creator on national health and culinary campaigns.

Dr. David Gao, PharmD., MBA

Oncology and Nutrition

Dr. David Gao, PharmD., MBA is a licensed pharmacist specializing in oncology and nutrition. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy at St. John’s University and completed his Masters of business…

Katharine Simon, PhD

Sleep, Memory, and Development Psychology

Katharine Simon, PhD is a licensed clinical pediatric psychologist. She obtained her clinical psychology doctorate at the University of Arizona specializing in sleep, memory, and development. She completed her clinical…

Drew Dawson, PhD

Sleep & Fatigue

Drew Dawson, PhD has been an active researcher in the field of sleep and fatigue for nearly 30 years. He has a particular interest in the role of sleep loss in human health and well-being. He has published over 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and provides expert advice to a range of government and industry groups across the world.

Alicia Roth, PhD, DBSM

Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Alicia Roth, PhD, DBSM is a Clinical Health Psychologist & Staff at the Cleveland Clinic, where she specializes in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Florida, Internship at the Baltimore VA, and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Nayantara Santhi

Sleep, Circadian Rhythms & Behavior

Dr. Nayantara Santhi holds an academic position at Northumbria University. After completing her Ph.D. at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), she joined the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School as a post-doctoral fellow to research how sleep and circadian rhythmicity influence our cognitive functioning.

Dr. Renske Lok

Circadian Rhythms, Light & Sleep

Dr. Renske Lok is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford and a board member of the SLTBR Conference. Her work focuses on circadian rhythms, light, sleep, performance & alertness.

Dr. John Renger

Sleep & Alzheimer's

Dr. Renger joined Cerevel Therapeutics as Chief Scientific Officer in 2019 after leaving Imbrium Therapeutics L.P., where he served as vice president of research and development and regulatory affairs, leading…

Miho Tanaka, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Miho Tanaka is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine injuries, and she’s served as a physician for many professional and semi-professional sports teams. Dr. Tanaka is also the founding director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Christopher L. Drake, PhD

Insomnia, Depression & Sleep

Dr. Christopher L. Drake is Section Head of Sleep Research at the Henry Ford Health System and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at Wayne State…

Katie L. Stone, PhD

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Dr. Katie L. Stone is Senior Scientist at CPMC and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. She is an epidemiologist with over 25…

James Gangwisch, Ph.D.

Epidemiology, Sleep, Nutrition, Psychiatry

James Gangwisch, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Medical Center. His research has focused on the relationship between sleep duration, nutrition, psychiatric disorders, and cardiometabolic diseases. The…

Dr. Dagmara Dimitriou

Sleep Disorders, Autistics Mental Health & Sleep Methodology

Dr. Dagmara Dimitriou is a Professor of Sleep Education and Research at University College London and leads Sleep Education and Research Laboratory-SERL, which focuses on research examining sleep and mental…

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