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Althea Robinson Shelton, MD, MPH

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Althea Robinson Shelton, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt University
Department of Neurology

Sleep Medicine Physician and Neurologist
Vanderbilt University Hospital
Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital
  Nashville, TN, USA

Dr. Shelton earned a B.S. degree in Psychobiology with an emphasis in Neuroscience graduating Summa Cum Laude at Florida Atlantic University in 1995. She earned her Medical doctorate in 2004 at Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her Neurology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She then completed a Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship with an emphasis in epilepsy in 2009 and continued further training in sleep medicine with an emphasis in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee in 2011. She earned a Masters of Public Health from Vanderbilt University in 2016.

Dr. Shelton was named Clinical Instructor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University in 2009 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2011. She also served as Chief Fellow in 2009. She is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric sleep and epilepsy disorders. She also instructs residents and fellows in neurology.

She is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2008) and board certified in Sleep Medicine (2011).

The majority of her research has been focused on sleep problems in children with neuro-developmental disorders (NDD). Many sleep disorders (OSA, nocturnal seizures, restless legs, etc.) can lead to sleep fragmentation and thus, sleep deprivation. Sleep fragmentation contributes to a myriad of behavioral, neuropsychological and cognitive problems. Children with NDD, already vulnerable to these problems, are even more at risk if they have a co-existing sleep disorder.


Robinson-Shelton A, Malow B. Sleep Disturbances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Current Psychiatry Rep. 2016 Jan;18(1):6.

Madduri N, Robinson AA, Malow B. Is There Correlation between Sleep Difficulties and Behavior Concerns in Children with Down Syndrome? Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2015 February 01; 36(2): S12-S12.

Robinson AA, Goldman,S, Barnes, G, Goodpaster, L, Malow, BA. EEG Duration Needed to Detect Abnormalities in Angelman Syndrome: Is One Hour of Recording Sufficient? Journal of Child Neurology 2015; 1: 58-62.

Robinson AA, Malow, BA. Gabapentin Shows Promise in Treating Refractory Insomnia in Children. Journal of Child Neurology 2013; 12: 1618-21.