Sleep and Developmental Studies Laboratory

The Sleep and Developmental Studies Laboratory explores family and infant sleep at Purdue and throughout Indiana. The Sleep and Developmental Studies Laboratory is led by Dr. A.J. Schwichtenberg, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

The laboratory explores sleep in the context of early development, developmental risk, autism, and neurodiversity. We engage in exciting partnerships in the HDFS department and beyond, such as our current MRI study investigating the glymphatic system and our collaborative SHH study with Purdue and IU School of Medicine Researchers. The goal of the lab is to conduct high-quality research and outreach to inform the promotion of healthy development of children and families.


The lab explores research questions specific to:

  • Sleep and development in pediatric samples
  • Infant sleep and brain development using brain imaging
  • Infant and family sleep as it relates to development 
  • Developmental trajectories in families raising children with, or at elevated risks for an Autism Spectrum Disorder or other neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Sleep disturbances in adults
  • Sleep and the glymphatic system
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Get Involved

​​Are you a Purdue undergraduate or prospective student interested in joining the Lab? We are currently accepting applications for undergraduates and prospective graduate students.

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Recent Accomplishments

Congratulations to Sleep Developmental Studies lab undergraduate research assistant, Carlos Guzman, for receiving the Center for Families Research Enhancement Award!

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Community Engagement

Congratulations to Sleep Developmental Studies lab undergraduate research assistant, Erin Custod, for her second place win in the Sleep Research Society’s Infographic Contest!

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Interested in participating?

We have several studies currently accepting participants. Click to learn more.

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