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A.J. Schwichtenberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Purdue University
Human Development and Family Science
West Lafayette, INDIANA, USA

Dr. A.J. Schwichtenberg is a developmental sleep researcher with a focus on infant sleep in high-risk families. She is an associate professor at Purdue University in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Dr. Schwichtenberg works with families raising children with developmental disabilities or who are at elevated risk for developmental concerns. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and conducted a post-doctoral fellowship at the Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute. Dr. Schwichtenberg is actively involved in several research grants, has extensive mentorship experience, and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is also the recipient of an early career award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Schwichtenberg’s current research focuses on the developmental importance of infant naps and family sleep.


Esbensen, A. J., & Schwichtenberg, A. J. (In Press). Sleep in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities

Chung, D., Choe, J., O’Haire, M., Schwichtenberg, A. J., & Delp, E. J. (In Press). Improving Video-Based Heart Rate Estimation. Proceedings of the IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging

Schwichtenberg, A. J., Christ, S., Abel, E., & Poehlmann-Tynan, J. (2016). Circadian Sleep Patterns in Toddlers Born Preterm: Longitudinal Associations with Developmental and Health Concerns. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 37, 358-369. PMID: 27011003 doi:10.1097/DBP.0000000000000287

Schwichtenberg, A. J., Hensle, T., Honaker, S., Miller, M., & Ozonoff, S. (2016). Sibling sleep – What can it tell us about parental sleep reports in the context of autism? Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 4(2), 137-152. PMID: 27563509 doi:10.1037/cpp0000143

Choe, J., Chung, D., Schwichtenberg, A. J., & Delp, E. J. (2015). Improving Video-Based Resting Heart Rate Estimation: A Comparison of Two Methods. Proceedings of the IEEE 58th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, 377-380. doi:10.1109/MWSCAS.2015.7282155

Schwichtenberg, A. J., & Malow, B. (2015). Melatonin treatment in children with developmental disabilities. Sleep Medicine Clinic, 10(2), 181-187. PMCID: PMC4461836 doi: 10.1016/j.jsmc.2015.02.008

Schwichtenberg, A. J., & Malow, B. (2015). Melatonin treatment in children with developmental disabilities. Sleep Medicine Clinic, 10(2), 181-187. PMCID:PMC4461836

Miller, M., Young, G. S., Hutman, T., Johnson, S., Schwichtenberg, A. J., & Ozonoff, S. (2015). Early pragmatic language difficulties in siblings of children with autism: implications for DSM-5 social communication disorder? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 65(7), 774-781. PMID: 25315782

Poehlmann-Tynan, J., Gerstein, E., Burnson, C., Weymouth, L., Bolt, D., Maleck, S., & Schwichtenberg, A. J. (2015). Risk and resilience in preterm children at age 6. Development and Psychopathy, 27, 843-858. PMID: 25196017

Ozonoff, S., Young, G. S., Belding, A., Moore Hill, M., Hill, A., Hutman, T., Johnson, S., Miller, M., Rogers, S., Schwichtenberg, A. J., Steinfeld, M., & Iosif, A. (2014). The broader autism phenotype in infancy: When does it emerge? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescents Psychiatry, 53(4), 398-407. PMCID: PMC3989934

Burnson, C., Poehlmann, J. & Schwichtenberg, A. J. (2013). Effortful Control, Positive Emotional Expression, and Behavior Problems in Children Born Preterm. Infant Behavior and Development, 36, 564-574. PMCID: PMC3796122

Schwichtenberg, A. J., Young, G. S., Hutman, T., Iosif, A., Sigman, M., Rogers, S., & Ozonoff, S. (2013). Behavior and sleep problems in children at risk for autism. Autism Research, 6(3), 169-176. PMCID: PMC3947924

Schwichtenberg, A. J., Shah, P., & Poehlmann, J. (2013). Sleep and attachment in preterm infants. Infant Mental Health, 34(1), 37-46. PMCID: PMC3590002

Anders, T., Iosif, A., Schwichtenberg, A. J., Tang, K., & Goodlin-Jones, B. (2012). Sleep behavior and daytime functioning: A short-term longitudinal study of three preschoolaged comparison groups. The American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 117(4), 275-290. PMCID: PMC3500838

Poehlmann, J., Schwichtenberg, A. J., Hahn, E., Miller, K., Dilworth-Bart, J., Kaplan, D., & Maleck, S. (2012). Compliance, opposition, and behavior problems in toddlers born preterm or low birthweight. Infant Mental Health, 33(1), 34-44. PMCID: PMC3495325

Anders, T., Iosif, A., Schwichtenberg., A. J., Tang, K., & Goodlin-Jones, B. (2011). Six-month sleep-wake organization and stability in preschool age children with autism. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 9(2), 92-106. PMCID: PMC3283033

Poehlmann, J., Schwichtenberg, A. J., Shlafer, R., Hahn, E., & Friberg, B. (2011). Emerging self-regulation in high risk infants: Differential susceptibility to parenting? Development and Psychopathology, 23(1), 177-193. PMCID: PMC3292432

Poehlmann, J., Schwichtenberg, A. J., Bolt, D., Hane, A., Burnson, C., & Winters, J. (2011). Infant physiological regulation and maternal risks as predictors of dyadic interaction trajectories in families with a preterm infant. Developmental Psychology, 47(1), 91-105. PMCID: PMC3285549

Schwichtenberg, A. J., Anders, T., Vollbrecht, M., & Poehlmann, J. (2011). Daytime sleep and parenting interactions in infants born preterm. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 32(1), 8-17. PMCID: PMC3072039

Schwichtenberg, A. J., Islof, A., Goodlin-Jones, B., Tang, K., & Anders, T. (2011). Daytime sleep patterns in preschool children with autism, developmental delay, and typical development. The American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 116(2), 142-152. PMCID: PMC3283033