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Lisa J. Meltzer, Ph.D., CBSM

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Lisa J. Meltzer, Ph.D., CBSM

Professor of Pediatrics
National Jewish Health

Professor of Family Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, CO, USA

Dr. Lisa Meltzer is a Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health and Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida, and completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She was selected as a Pickwick Postdoctoral Fellow in Sleep Research by the National Sleep Foundation, studying sleep patterns in parents of children with chronic illnesses. Dr. Meltzer is board certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and directs the Pediatric Behavioral Sleep Clinic and Actigraphy Clinic at National Jewish Health. She is also the co-author of Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions. Dr. Meltzer currently serves as the Sleep Education Fellow for the National Sleep Foundation, developing programs to educate primary care providers about sleep health. Finally, Dr. Meltzer has a funded program of research examining sleep in children with chronic illnesses and their parents, the impact of deficient sleep on health outcomes in adolescents with asthma, as well as the development and validation of objective and subjective measures of pediatric sleep.


Meltzer, L. J. & Booster, G. D. (2016). Sleep disturbance in caregivers of children with respiratory and atopic disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(6), 643-650.

Meltzer, L. J. & Booster, G. D. (2016). Evaluation of an ecologically-valid group intervention to address sleep health in families of children with allergic diseases. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 4(2), 206-213.

Meltzer, L. J., Wong, P., Biggs, S. N., Traylor, J., Kim, J. Y., Bhattacharjee, R., Narang, I., Marcus, C. L., & Caffeine for Apnea of Prematurity – Sleep Study Group. (2016). Validation of actigraphy in middle childhood. Sleep, 39(6), 1219-1224.

Meltzer, L. J., Shaheed, K., & Ambler, D. (2016). Start later, sleep later: School start times and adolescent sleep in homeschool vs. public/private school students. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 14(2), 140-154.

Biggs, S. N., Meltzer, L. J., Tapia, I. E., Traylor, J., Nixon, G. M., Horne, R. S. C., Doyle, L. W., Asztalos, E., Mindell, J. A., Marcus, C. L., & Caffeine for Apnea of Prematurity – Sleep Study Group. (2016). Sleep/wake patterns and parental perceptions of sleep in children born preterm. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 12, 711-717.

Honaker, S. M. & Meltzer, L. J. (2016). Sleep in pediatric primary care: A review of the literature. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 25, 31-39.

Meltzer, L. J. & Crabtree, V.M. (2015).  Pediatric sleep problems: A clinician’s guide to behavioral interventions.  Washington DC: APA Books.

Meltzer, L. J., Walsh, C. M., & Peightal, A. A. (2015). Comparison of actigraphy immobility rules with polysomnographic sleep onset latency in children and adolescents. Sleep and Breathing, 19(4), 1415-1423. 

Meltzer, L. J., Faino, A., Szefler, S. J., Strand, M., Gelfand, E. W., & Beebe, D. W. (2015). Experimentally manipulated sleep duration in adolescents with asthma: feasibility and preliminary findings. Journal of Pediatric Pulmonology, 50, 1360-1367. 

Meltzer, L. J., Hiruma, L. S., Avis, K. T., Montgomery-Downs, H., & Valentin, J. (2015). Comparison of a commercial accelerometer with polysomnography and actigraphy in children and adolescents. Sleep, 38(8), 1323-1330

Meltzer, L. J., Sanchez-Ortuno, M. M., Edinger, J. D., & Avis, K. T. (2015). Sleep patterns, sleep instability, and health related quality of life in parents of ventilator-assisted children. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 11(3), 215-258

Ancoli-Israel, S., Martin, J. L., Blackwell, T., Buenaver, L., Liu, L., Meltzer, L. J., Sadeh, A., Spira, A. P., Taylor, D. J. (2015). The SBSM Guide to Actigraphy Monitoring: Clinical and Research Applications. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 13, S4-38.

Meltzer, L. J., Brimeyer, C., Russell, K., Avis, K. T., Biggs, S., Reynolds, A. C., & Crabtree, V. M. (2014). The Children’s Report of Sleep Patterns: Validity and reliability of the sleep hygiene index and sleep disturbances scale in adolescents. Sleep Medicine, 15, 1500-1507.

Marcus, C. L., Meltzer, L. J., Roberts, R. S., Traylor, J., Dix, J., D’ilario, J., Asztalos, E., Opie, G., Doyle, L. W., Biggs, S. N., Nixon, G., M., Narang, I., Bhattacharjee, R., Davey, M., Horne, R. S. C., Cheshire, M., Gibbons, J., Constantini, L., Bradford, R., Schmidt, B. for the Caffeing for Apnea of Prematurity – Sleep (CAP-S) study. (2014). Long-term effects of caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity on sleep at school age. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 190(7), 791-799.

Meltzer, L. J. & Mindell, J. A. (2014). Systematic review and meta-analysis of behavioral interventions for pediatric insomnia. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(8), 932-948

Meltzer, L. J., Ullrich, M., & Szefler, S. J. (2014). Sleep duration, sleep hygiene, and insomnia in adolescents with asthma. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – In Practice, 2, 562-569

Meltzer, L. J., Plaufcan, M., Helwig, J. T., & Mindell, J. A. (2014). Sleep problems and sleep disorders in pediatric primary care: Treatment recommendations, persistence, and health care utilization. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 10, 421-426

Baranowski, T., O’Connor, T., Johnston, C., Hughes, S., Moreno, J., Chen, T., Meltzer, L., & Baranowski, J. (2014). Seasonal differences in child weight gain: A narrative review. Childhood Obesity, 10(1), 1-7.

Meltzer, L. J., Avis, K. T., Biggs, S., Reynolds, A., Crabtree, V. M., Bevans, K. (2013). The Children’s Report of Sleep Patterns (CRSP): A self-report measure of sleep for school-aged children. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 9, 235-245

Meltzer, L. J. & Beck, S. E. (2012). Sleep patterns and perceived health in children with cystic fibrosis. Children’s Health Care, 41, 260-268

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