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Sleep Interventions for College Students

Jack Peltz, a past Visiting Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will visit campus again, this time to give a colloquium talk on his current research, “The Potential for Sleep-Focused Interventions to Improve the Lives of College Students.” The talk will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

Peltz joined the HWS Psychology Department in 2013, bringing with him his research and expertise in the field of developmental psychopathology, specifically the role of sleep. During his four year visit at HWS, he taught courses such as “Introduction to Child Development,” “Research in Clinical Psychology” and “Research in Behavioral Neuroscience.”

He currently teaches and conducts research at Daemen College, focusing on the link between sleep and mental health. Peltz’s sleep research has been supported by a grant from the National Sleep Foundation, allowing him to direct a longitudinal study of sleep in adolescents. The overall foci of his research and publications are the role of sleep in the family system and the role in individual functioning.

His colloquium talk on Tuesday will focus on the role of sleep in college students, specifically the correlation between lack of sleep and risk for mental health problems. Using his recent research and background information, Peltz will address current sleep statistics and their implications, as well as the potential for sleep-focused interventions to target both sleep and mental health problems in today’s college students.

Peltz received his M.A. in child development from Tufts University, and his Ph. D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester.

The talk kicks off the semester for the HWS Psychology Department that has organized several events this semester. A “Careers in Psychology” alum panel will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Sanford Room. Participants include HWS Trustee Dr. Stephen L.  Cohen ’67, Dr. Richard S. Solomon ’75, P’10 and Dr. Jean Ann Linney ’72. Their areas of expertise include: industrial-organizational psychology, school psychology and community psychology.

In addition, a talk titled “Physical Activity Interventions for Low Income Populations” by Dorothy Pekmezi, an associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will be held on Friday, April 5.