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Melisa Moore, Ph.D., DBSM

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Melisa Moore, Ph.D., DBSM

Licensed Psychologist

Melisa Moore Ph.D, DBSM is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Los Angeles area and is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine. She received her PhD from Case Western Reserve University with a specialization in pediatric psychology and completed her predoctoral internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Sleep Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Until recently, Dr. Moore was faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and Psychosocial Director of the Sleep Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Along with her remarkable colleagues, Dr. Moore worked on developing the Sleep Center for more than 15 years.

Dr. Moore currently sees patients from ages 0-21 both virtually and in-person for a variety of behavioral sleep issues. She also regularly speaks to community groups and healthcare systems, and she has taught courses on sleep at multiple colleges and universities. Despite being in the field for many years, she has learned the most about sleep from her amazing sons.


Butler R, Moore M, Mindell JA. Pacifier Use, Finger Sucking, and Infant Sleep. Behav Sleep Med. 2015 Nov 7:1-9

Thomas, J., Moore, M., and Mindell, J.A. Controversies in Behavioral Treatment of Sleep Problems in Young Children. In J. Owens (Ed.) Sleep Medicine Clinics: Behavioral Aspects of Sleep Problems in Childhood and Adolescence. Elsevier, Philadelphia, June 2014.

Mindell, J.A. & Moore, M. Bedtime Problems and Night Wakings. In S. Sheldon (Ed.). Principles and Practice of Pediatric Sleep Medicine, 2nd edition. Elsevier, 2014

Moore, M., Bonuck, K. Co-morbid symptoms of sleep disordered breathing and behavioral sleep problems from 18 – 57 months of age: A population-based study. Journal of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 11(3): 222-230, 2013.

Moore, M. & Mindell, J.A. The Impact of Behavioral Interventions for Sleep Problems on Secondary Outcomes in Young Children and Their Families. In A. Wolfson and H. Montgomery-Downs (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Sleep: Development and Problems. Oxford University Press, Oxford, Oct 2013.

Moore, M. Behavioral sleep problems in children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 19(1): 77-83, 2012.

Moore, M. & Mindell, J.A. Sleep-related problems in childhood. In C.Espie & C. Morin (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012.

Moore, M., Kirchner, H.L., Drotar, D., Johnson, N., Rosen, C., Ancoli-Israel, S., Redline, S. Correlates of adolescent sleep time and variability in sleep time: The role of individual and health related characteristics. Sleep Medicine, 12: 239-245, 2011.

Moore, M., Slane, J., Mindell, J.A., Burt, S.A., Klump, K.L. Genetic and environmental influences on sleep problems: A study of preadolescent and adolescent twins. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 37 (5): 638-641, 2011.

Moore, M., Slane, J., Mindell, J.A., Burt, S.A., Klump, K.L. Sleep and temperament in adolescent twins. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 37 (4): 559-562, 2011.

Gehrman, P.R., Meltzer, L.J., Moore, M., Pack, A.I., Perlis, M.L., Eaves, L.J., Silberg, J.L. Heritability of insomnia symptoms in youth and their relationship to depression and anxiety.  Sleep, 34 (12): 1641-1646, 2011.

Grandner, M.A., Hale, L., Moore, M., Patel, N.P. Mortality and short sleep duration: The evidence, the possible mechanisms, and the future. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 14: 191-203, 2010.

Moore, M. Bedtime problems and night wakings: Treatment of Behavioral Insomnia of Childhood. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 66: 1195-1204, 2010.

Moore, M., Kirchner, H.L., Drotar, D., Johnson, N., Rosen, C., Ancoli-Israel, S., Redline, S. The relationship between sleep time, sleepiness, and psychological functioning in adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34: 1175-1183, 2009.

Meltzer, L.J., Moore, M., Mindell, J.A. The need for interdisciplinary pediatric sleep clinics. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 6: 268-282, 2008.

Moore, M., Meltzer, L.J. The sleepy adolescent: Causes and consequences of sleepiness in teens. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, 9: 114-121, 2008.

Meltzer, L.J., Moore, M., Mindell, J.A. Sleep disruptions in parents of children with chronic illnesses: causes, prevalence, and consequences. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33: 279-291, 2008.

Moore, M., Meltzer, L, Mindell, J. Bedtime problems and nightwakings in children. Sleep Medicine Clinics, 3: 377-385, 2007.

Moore, M., Taylor, H.G., Minich, N., Hack, M. Klein, N. Longitudinal changes in family outcomes of very low birth weight. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31: 1024-1035, 2006.

Moore, M., Allison, D., Rosen, C. A review of pediatric non-respiratory sleep disorders. Chest, 130: 1252-1262, 2006.