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Lauren Hale, Ph.D., to Lead Global Multidisciplinary Journal Focused on the Benefits of Sleep

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 10, 2014 — The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the global voice for sleep health and safety, today announced the appointment of its first editor-in-chief for its new professional journal, Sleep Health. Lauren Hale, PhD, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University, will serve as editor for a three-year period beginning September 1st.

Hale’s research investigates the social determinants of sleep and the role of sleep in health disparities. As a frequent contributor to numerous peer-reviewed journals on how demographic, behavioral, and neighborhood data relates to sleep and well-being in children and adults, she will bring a wealth of experience to her role as the Journal editor.

“I am honored to be named the first editor of Sleep Health,” said Hale. “Sleep health is an emerging area of research that focuses on the health benefits of sleep for all members of society, rather than focusing on sleep disorders. The Journal will publish articles that educate our audience about sleep’s role in population health, and current sleep research that spans anthropology, human development, mental health, nutrition, psychology, and public health, as well as other related fields.”

“We are proud to name Lauren Hale as our editor,” said David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. “She represents the precise community of existing new research we will serve and her leadership will facilitate the Journal’s development as a forum for leading sleep health and society research.”

The Journal will be published by Elsevier, the leader in medical and scientific scholarly publishing. The first issue will be published in early 2015.

For more information about the National Sleep Foundation or Sleep Health, please visit sleepfoundation.org.

About the National Sleep Foundation

The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. It is well known for its annual Sleep in America® poll. The Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Washington, DC. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, health professionals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities. www.sleepfoundation.org