Adriana Galván is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her grant, “Predictors and Outcomes of Insufficient Sleep in Disadvantaged Youth: A Study of Family Settings and Neurobiological Development,” will examine how family and household influences affect adolescents’ sleep patterns, brain functioning, and cognitive performance. Galván will build her expertise in family settings, especially those of economically disadvantaged youth, and sleep patterns. Andrew Fuligni, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, will mentor her on how family influences affect adolescent development and ways to measure sleep patterns. Kalil, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, will advise Galván regarding how poverty affects youth and the process of disseminating research to policy audiences.
What role does the family setting play in shaping sleep and brain function in youth from diverse economic backgrounds?