Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Post Doctoral Fellows

Andrea Spaeth, Ph.D.

Andrea Spaeth, Ph.D.

Andrea Spaeth, Ph.D. is a post doctoral fellow conducting research in the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine with Dr. Hengyi Rao. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Elon University (Honors Thesis: Relationships between serum total cholesterol levels, stress, risk factors for the metabolic syndrome, and cognitive performance), her M.A. in Experimental Psychology at the College of William and Mary (Thesis: The effects of adolescent nicotine exposure on adult learning) and her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania (Dissertation: Consequences of Chronic Sleep Restriction on Energy Balance in Healthy Adults).  As a doctoral student, Andrea joined the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry in order to examine the effects of sleep loss on energy balance regulation in humans and is now learning brain imaging methods in order to assess how changes in brain activity may underlie the effects of sleep loss on energy balance.

Andrea was awarded the National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award in 2012 and is currently funded by an NIH T32 training program in sleep and respiratory neurobiology (PI: Dr. Allan Pack).

Research Interests

Sleep restriction, obesity, caloric intake, energy expenditure

Selected Bibliography

Fang, Z., Spaeth, A. M., et al. (2015). Altered salience network connectivity predicts macronutrient intake after sleep deprivation. Sci Rep, 5, 8215, PMID 25645575.

Spaeth A. M., Dinges D. F., Goel N. (2014). Sex and race differences in caloric intake during sleep restriction in healthy adults. Am J Clin Nutr, 100, 559-566, PMID: 2496530.

Spaeth A. M., Goel, N., Dinges, D. F. (2014). Cumulative neurobehavioral and physiological effects of chronic caffeine intake: individual differences and implications for the use of caffeinated energy products. Nutr Rev, Suppl 1, 34-47.

Spaeth, A.M., Dinges, D.F. and Goel, N. (2013). Effects of Experimental Sleep Restriction on Weight Gain, Caloric Intake and Meal Timing in Healthy Adults, Sleep, 36, 981-990.

Spaeth, A. M., Goel, N. and Dinges, D. F. (2012). Managing neurobehavioral capability when social expediency trumps biological imperatives. Review in Progress in Brain Research, 199, 377-398.


Susan Malone, Ph.D.

Susan Malone, Ph.D.

Susan Kohl Malone Ph.D. is a T32 postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania (PI: Dr. Allan Pack) under the mentorship of Dr. David Dinges. Her interests in sleep and biological rhythms stem from her clinical experiences as a certified diabetes educator and certified school nurse. As a postdoctoral fellow, she is involved in several multi-disciplinary, multi-site studies, using state-of-the-art ambulatory technology to gather large amounts of naturalistic data on sleep and health with the goal of identifying how to prevent the health risks posed by shiftwork. Susan received her BSN from Georgetown University and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on adult health chronic care. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (Dissertation: Does chronotype moderate the association between sleep and BMI in adolescents?). Her dissertation chair was Dr. Terri Lipman.

Susan was awarded the National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (1F31NR014603-01A1) (sponsor: Dr. Allan Pack) and the Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award from Rockefeller University in 2014 for her pre-doctoral work.

Research Interests

Sleep patterns, chronotype, biological rhythms, cardio-metabolic health

Selected Bibliography

Malone, S., Patterson, F., Lu, Y., Hanlon, A. (2015). Ethnic differences in sleep duration and morning-evening type in a population sample. Chronobiology International. (accepted for publication).

Malone, S., Zemel, B., Compher, C., Souders, M., Chittams, J., Thompson, A., Lipman, T. (2015). Characteristics associated with Sleep Duration, Chronotype, and Social jet lagin Adolescents. Journal of School Nursing (published online before print September 16, 2015, doi:10.1177/1059840515603454).

Malone, S., Zemel, B. (2015). Measurement and interpretation of body mass index during childhood and adolescence. Journal of School Nursing, 31(4), 261-271.

Malone, S., Lipman, T. (2014). The significance of abdominal obesity in youth. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 29, 489 - 490. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2014.06.005

Malone, S. (2011). Early to bed, early to rise? A need for further exploration into adolescent sleep habits. Journal of School Nursing, 27(5), 348-354.



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