Psychologist Daniel Taylor’s lectures put college students to sleep—exactly as he intends.
The University of North Texas assistant professor of psychology will give a lecture entitled “Improving Sleep in College Students,” at 7 p.m. on November 1 in Ida Green Theatre of the Ida Green Communication Center on the Austin College campus.
The lecture is a part of a student wellness program run by Student Affairs. Data from a 2009 Austin College survey revealed that 67 percent of Austin College students reported getting an average of less than 8 hours sleep a night; experts at the National Sleep Foundation recommend 9.2 hours on average from puberty to the early 20’s. Researchers also found that 20 percent of college students considered “sleep difficulties” a factor in lower academic performance.
Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana State University, his master’s degree in experimental psychology at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Memphis. He had an internship in clinical psychology at Brown Medical School and a fellowship in behavioral sleep medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has taught at the University of North Texas since 2004, and is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Taylor will address many issues associated with sleep, including: the basics of sleep, sleep deprivation, sleep disorders, sleep hygiene, treatment for sleep disorders, behaviors, medications and environmental factors that interfere with healthy sleep. There will also be a question and answer session at the end of the program.
The program is funded through an NCAA Educational Affairs Grant and is as part of the Austin College NCAA CHAMPS Life Skills program and as a plenary for Communication/Inquiry classes.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.