Welcome to the Sleep and Psychosocial Adjustment (SPA) Lab at Wesleyan University!
The SPA Lab is directed by Dr. Royette Tavernier. Research in the lab examines the link between sleep and psychosocial adjustment, with a focus on late childhood, adolescence and emerging adulthood. Specific research goals are:
1) To examine the temporal order/bidirectional pathways between sleep and psychosocial adjustment over time
2) To examine mediating pathways that explain associations between sleep and psychosocial adjustment
3) To assess individual differences (e.g., chronotype) that moderate the link between sleep and psychosocial adjustment
4) To assess the role of sleep as a mediator of the link between race-ethnicity and health outcomes
5) To examine the role of cortisol in relation to sleep, psychosocial adjustment and health outcomes
We examine multiple sleep behaviors, including sleep duration, sleep quality, sleep onset latency, sleep efficiency, night awakenings, and napping. We employ both subjective (e.g., self-reports) and objective (e.g., actigraphy) methods to assess sleep behaviors. In terms of psychosocial adjustment, we examine a wide range of indices, including: academic performance, interpersonal relationships, technology use, substance use and emotional wellbeing.
We use a number of different statistical techniques to address our research goals, including: autoregressive cross-lagged analysis, latent class analysis, latent growth analysis, and hierarchical linear modeling.
A secondary line of work examines the link between meaning-making and psychological wellbeing, within the context of life story narratives.