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Michal Kahn, Ph.D.

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Michal Kahn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Kahn Sleep Lab

Tel Aviv, Israel

Dr. Michal Kahn is a sleep researcher and licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in sleep development and insomnia. She earned her PhD from Tel Aviv University, under the mentorship of the late Prof. Avi Sadeh. Following this, Dr. Kahn completed a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in Prof. Michael Gradisar’s laboratory at Flinders University in Australia. In 2022, she was appointed as an assistant professor at the School of Psychological Sciences at Tel Aviv University.

With a keen focus on the intricate interplay between sleep and emotions, Dr. Kahn‘s research aims to advance the understanding of sleep development and enhance the accessibility and effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for insomnia. Her research findings have been published in leading scientific journals and are frequently shared within the public sphere. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Kahn works with parents in a private practice, finding great joy in helping children and families attain good-quality sleep.


Kahn, M., Irwin,C., Pillion, M., Whittall, H., Fitton, J., Sprajcer,M., Gradisar, M. (2023). Sleepless on the road: Are mothers of infants with insomnia at risk for impaired driving? Journal of Sleep Research.

Whittall, H., Gradisar, M., Fitton, J., Pillion, M., Kahn, M. (2023). Can cry tolerance be increased in mothers of infants with sleep problems, and why does it matter? A quasi-experimental study. Sleep Medicine, Vol 107, 64-71.

Kahn, M., Barnett, N., Gradisar, M. (2023). Behavioral infant sleep interventions: helping parents and clinicians make scientifically-informed decisions. The Journal of Pediatrics.

Kahn, M. (2023). Insomnia in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Sleep Medicine Clinics, Vol 18(2), 135-145.

Kahn, M., Barnett, N., Gradisar, M. (2022). Let’s talk about sleep baby: Sexual activity postpartum and its links with room sharing, parent sleep, and objectively measured infant sleep and parent nighttime crib visits. The Journal of Sex Research.

Bourboulis, S., Gradisar, M., Kahn, M. (2022). The ‘Dream Changer’: A randomized controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of a parent-based intervention for childhood nightmares. Sleep, Vol 45(4).

Kahn, M., Gradisar, M. (2021). Sleeping through COVID-19: A longitudinal comparison of 2019 and 2020 infant auto-videosomnography metrics. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol 63(6), 693-700.

Kahn, M., Barnett, N., Glazer, A., Gradisar, M. (2021). COVID-19 babies: auto-videosomnography and parent reports of infant sleep, screen time, and parent well-being in 2019 vs 2020. Sleep Medicine, Vol 85, 259-267.

Whittall, H., Kahn, M., Pillion, M., Gradisar, M. (2021) Parents Matter: Barriers and Solutions when Implementing Behavioural Sleep Interventions for Infant Sleep Problems. Sleep Medicine, Vol 84, 244-252.

Kahn, M., Barnett, N., Glazer, A., Gradisar, M. (2021). Infant sleep during COVID-19: Longitudinal analysis of infants of US mothers in home confinement vs working as usual. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, Vol 7(1), 19-23.

Kahn, M., Schnabel, O., Gradisar, M., Rozen, G., Slone, M., Atzaba-Poria, N., Tikotzky, L., Sadeh, A. (2021). Sleep, screen time and behaviour problems in preschool children: an actigraphy study. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol 30(11), 1793-1802.

Kahn, M., Barnett, N., Glazer, A., Gradisar, M. (2021). Sleep and screen exposure across the beginning of life: Deciphering the links using big-data analytics. Sleep, Vol 44 (3), zsaa158.

Kahn, M., Livne-Karp, E., Juda-Hanael, M., Omer, H., Tikotzky, L., Anders, T.F., Sadeh A. (2020). Behavioral interventions for infant sleep problems: The role of parental cry tolerance and sleep-related cognitions. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Vol 16 (8), 1275-1283.

Kahn, M., Juda-Hanael, M., Livne-Karp, E., Tikotzky, L., Anders, T.F., Sadeh A. (2020), Behavioral interventions for pediatric insomnia: one treatment may not fit all. Sleep, Vol 43(4), zsz268.

Kahn, M., Bauminger,Y., Volkovich, E., Meiri, G., Sadeh, A., Tikotzky, L. (2018), Links between infant sleep and parental tolerance for infant crying: Longitudinal assessment from pregnancy through 6-months postpartum. Sleep Medicine, Vol 50, 72-78.

Kahn, M., Ronen, A., Apter, A., Sadeh, A. (2017), Cognitive-behavioral versus non-directive therapy for preschoolers with nighttime fears: A randomized controlled trial. Sleep Medicine, Vol 32 ,40-47.

Sadeh A., Juda-Hanael, M., Livne-Karp, E., Kahn, M., Tikotzky, L., Anders, T.F., Calkins, S., Sivan, Y. (2016), Low parental tolerance for infant crying: An underlying factor in infant sleep problems? Journal of Sleep Research, Vol 25(5), 501-507.

Sadeh., A., Tikotzky, L., Kahn, M. (2014), Sleep in infancy and childhood: Implications for emotional and behavioral difficulties in adolescence and beyond. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, Vol 27(6), 453-459.

Kahn, M., Fridenson, S., Lerer, R., Bar-Haim, Y., Sadeh A. (2014), Effects of one night of induced night-wakings versus sleep restriction on sustained attention and mood: a pilot study. Sleep Medicine, Vol 15, 825-832.

Kahn, M., Sheppes, G., Sadeh, A. (2013), Sleep and emotions: Bidirectional links and underlying mechanisms. International Journal of Psychophysiology, Vol 89(2), 218-228.