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Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., CBSM, DBSM

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Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., CBSM, DBSM

Director of Graduate Psychology
Saint Joseph’s University

Associate Director of the Sleep Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Chair, Board of Directors
Pediatric Sleep Council
Dr. Jodi Mindell is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Psychology at Saint Joseph’s University and the Associate Director of the Sleep Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is also an adjunct professor of Pediatrics (Psychology) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Mindell received her Ph.D. from the University of Albany and completed her internship at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Mindell is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Pediatric Sleep Council.
Dr. Mindell has written extensively on pediatric sleep disorders with over 130 publications and over 500 presentations at national and international conferences. She is the author of Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep (HarperCollins) and co-author of A Clinical Guide to Pediatric Sleep: Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Problems (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins).
Dr. Mindell has been an associate editor for the journal Sleep and on the editorial board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. She is on the advisory board of Parents magazine. Dr. Mindell also has been on the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation, a foundation established to educate the public about sleep and sleep disorders, and the Sleep Research Society.
Dr. Mindell is the recipient of the Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award of the Sleep Research Society.

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Williamson, A.A., Uwah, E.A., Min, J., Zhang, X., Griffis, H., Cielo, C.M., Tapia, I.E., Fiks, A.G., & Mindell, J.A. (2024). Diagnosis of sleep disorders in child healthcare settings. Sleep Medicine, 119, 80-87.

Moon, R., Mindell, J. A., Honaker, S., Keim, S., Roberts, K. J., McAdams, R. J., & McKenzie, L. B. (2024). The tension between AAP safe sleep guidelines and infant sleep. Pediatrics, 153, e2023064675.

Mindell, J. A., Leichman, E., and Rotella, K. (2024). Maternal beliefs and cognitions about naps in infants and toddlers. European Journal of Pediatrics, 183, 263-269.

Lupini, F.L., Daniel, L. C., Mindell, J. A., & Williamson, A. A. (2023). Variation in caregiver-reported child sleep patterns and problems by family socioeconomic indicators. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 44, e551-e558. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2022.01.009.

Williamson, A. A., Min, J., Fay, K., Cicalese, O., Meltzer, L. J., & Mindell, J. A. (2023). A multi-method evaluation of bed provision and sleep education for young children and their families living in poverty. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 19, 1583-1594. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.10614.

Carson, M., Cicalese, O., Bhandari, E., Stefanovski, D., Fiks, A.G., Mindell, J.A., & Williamson, A.A. (2023). Discrepancies between caregiver reported early childhood sleep problems and clinician documentation and referral. Academic Pediatrics, 23, 1234-1241. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2023.02.001.

Carson, M., Moore, M., Cicalese, M., Dunnewald, M., Varker, A., Mindell, J. A.*, & Williamson, A. A.* (2023). Variation in twitter posts referencing pediatric sleep aids. (*denotes both senior authors). Sleep Health, 9, 451-459. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2023.04.009.

Lam, J. T. Y., Williamson, A. A., Salih, Z., Heere, M., & Mindell, J. A. (2023). Bedtime routines, development, and socioeconomic factors in childhood. Frontiers in Sleep (Section: Pediatric and Adolescent Sleep), 2,

Mindell, J. A., Collins, M., Leichman, E. S., Bartle, A., Kohyama, J., Sekartini, R., Veeravigrom, M., Kwon, R., & Goh, D. Y. T. (2022). Caregiver perceptions of sleep problems and desired areas of change in young children, Sleep Medicine, 90, 67-72.

Williamson, A. A., Okoroji, C., Cicalese, O., Evans, B. C., Ayala, A., Harvey, B., Honore, R., Kratchman, A., Beidas, R. S., Fiks, A. G., Power T. J., & Mindell, J. A. (2022). Sleep Well!: An adapted behavioral sleep intervention implemented in urban primary care. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 18, 1153-1166.

Lupini, F., Leichman, E. S., Gould, R., Walters, R., Mindell, J. A.*, & Williamson, A. A.* (2022). Correlates of a caregiver-reported child sleep problem and variation by community disadvantage. Sleep Medicine, 90, 83-90 (*denotes both senior authors).

Mindell, J. A., Leichman, E. S., Walters, R., Bhullar, B. (2021). Development and dissemination of a consumer health information website on infant and toddler sleep. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 11, 1699-1707.

Williamson, A. A., Davenport, M., Cicalese, O., & Mindell, J. A. (2021). Sleep problems, cumulative risks, and psychological functioning in early childhood. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 46, 878-890.

Williamson, A. A., Gould, R. A., Leichman, E. S., Walters, R. M., & Mindell, J. A. (2021). Socioeconomic disadvantage and early childhood sleep: Real-world findings from a mobile health application. Sleep Health, 7, 143-152.

Meltzer, L. J., Williamson, A. A., & Mindell, J. A. (2021). Pediatric sleep health: It matters, and so does how we define it. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 57, 101425.

Lupini, F., Leichman, E. S., Lee, C., & Mindell, J. A. (2021). Sleep patterns, problems, and ecology in young children born preterm and full-term and their mothers. Sleep Medicine, 81, 443-450.

Meltzer, L. J., Wainer, A., Engstrom, E., Pepa, L., & Mindell, J. A. (2021). Seeing the whole elephant: A comprehensive review of behavioral treatments for pediatric insomnia. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 56, 101410.

Williamson, A. A., & Mindell, J. A. (2020). Cumulative socio-demographic risk factors and sleep outcomes in early childhood. Sleep, 40, 1-13.

Williamson, A. A., Milaniak, I., Watson, B., Cicalese, O., Fiks, A. G., Power, T. J., Barg, F. K., Beidas, R. S., Mindell, J. A., & Rendle, K. A. (2020). Early childhood behavioral sleep intervention in urban primary care: Perspectives from caregiver and clinician stakeholders. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45, 933-945. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa024. * Recipient of 2020 Diane J. Willis Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology in recognition of an article having the potential for enduring impact on the field of pediatric psychology.

Leichman, E. S.., Gould, R. A., Williamson, A. A., Walters, R. M., & Mindell, J. A. (2020). Effectiveness of an mHealth intervention for infant sleep disturbances. Behavior Therapy, 51, 548-558.