I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of the book, Take a Nap! Change your Life. In 2003, I received her PhD in psychology from Harvard University working with Ken Nakayama and Robert Stickgold. She moved to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA with a three-year, National Institute of Health funded, National Research Service Award fellowship, where I was trained with Geoffrey Boynton and Sean Drummond. In fall 2007, I became faculty at University of California, San Diego and was awarded a five-year, National Institute of Mental Health funded, K01 Mentored Research Scientist Award. In 2011, I moved my lab to UC Riverside. I have conducted studies in conjunction with numerous academic institutions, the U.S. Navy, V.A. Medical Center and private businesses. My articles have been published in such leading scientific journals as Nature Neuroscience and The Proceedings from the National Academy of Science. My napping research has been covered by CNN, Reuters TV, NPR, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports Health Journal, Reader's Digest, The New York Times and many other major media outlets.