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Diane Lauderdale

Diane Lauderdale University of Chicago

Diane Lauderdale is the Louis Block Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Science at the University of Chicago. This department includes epidemiology, biostatistics and health services/health economics research. She is an epidemiologist whose research examines how behavioral and social factors influence health. Recent work has focused on sleep as a behavioral risk factor. This work includes studies of how people’s perceptions of sleep duration and disruption are related to objective sleep measures, studies of how social factors such as social connectedness and loneliness relate to sleep, and studies of how both sleep perceptions and objective measures are associated with health outcomes, including coronary artery disease, obesity, mortality, cortisol levels, and sensory perception. She was the first to report marked racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities in objective sleep duration and disruption. Read more