Forum Objective

An overarching goal of the forum was to promote dialogue and collaborations, identify pivotal areas in the study of typically developing children’s sleep, and integrate knowledge of sleep and child development across disciplines towards making conceptual advances about the ways that sleep and waking behaviors are intertwined and opportunities to integrate knowledge in ways that can advance heuristic models. In addition to conceptual advances, a second goal focused on the need for methodological advances, including contemporary approaches and tools in the measures and analyses of sleep to help accelerate the pace and enhance the quality of research in this interdisciplinary field.

A summary of the outcomes and recommendations of the forum was published in 2015.

El-Sheikh, M., & Sadeh, A. (Eds.) (2015). Sleep and Development: Advancing Theory and Research. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 80(1), 1-215.

  • Core Issue 1: Socio-cultural Considerations
  • Core Issue 2: Children's Sleep and Family Processes
  • Core Issue 3: Biobehavioral Processes
  • Core Issue 4: Sleep Assessment
  • Core Issue 5: Research Design and Statistical Methods



Auburn University


Child Sleep, Health, and Development Lab


Society for Research in Child Development


Last Updated: February 1, 2017