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Hawley Montgomery-Downs, Ph.D.



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 and to the rank of Professor in 2018. She is a member of the Center for Neuroscience and holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position in the Department of Pediatrics.

Research Interests

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.


  • Psychology 341 – Prenatal and Infant Development
  • Psychology 493 – Special Topics: Biopsychology of Sleep
  • Psychology 541 – Infant Development
  • Psychology 608 – Professional Issues in Behavioral Neuroscience