Dr. Montgomery-Downs earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychobiology at the University of Connecticut (2001) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Sleep Medicine at the University of Louisville (2005) before joining the Psychology faculty at WVU.
She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2011. She serves as the Coordinator for the Ph.D. program in Behavioral Neuroscience, is a member of the Center for Neuroscience, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics.
Dr. Montgomery-Downs conducts research on sleep and sleep disorders and directs the Sleep Research Laboratory. Her current research focus is on the effects of infant feeding methods on development of pediatric sleep-disordered breathing, the impact of postpartum sleep deprivation and fragmentation on maternal functioning, and the long-term maternal recovery from early postpartum sleep disturbance.The Sleep and Sleep Disorders Laboratory will be accepting applications from potential graduate students for Fall of 2014. 1. Applicants should apply to psychology, concentration in behavioral neuroscience.
Psychology 341 – Prenatal and Infant Development
Psychology 493 – Special Topics: Biopsychology of Sleep
Psychology 541 – Infant Development
Psychology 608 – Professional Issues in Behavioral Neuroscience
Psychology 656 – Grant Writing in Psychology