News and Events

July 2017

Mike was recently accepted into the Sleep Research Society Mentor Program, which provides opportunities to work with researchers outside of your University.  Mike is working with Dr. Kelly Baron, a clinical health psychologist at Rush University in Chicago.  Mike had a great week of work in Chicago, and even got to experience receiving CPAP therapy!RUSH visit

June 2017

Congratulations to Mike for successfully defending his Thesis and earning his Master’s Degree!

Thesis Defense

May 2017


lab party senior

Celebrating another successful year in the SLEEP Lab!  This year, the theme of our party was superheroes and everyone got to take home their own award!

lab party

March 2017

Congratulations to Alli for presenting her work at the Society for Behavioral Medicine Conference in San Diego, CA! Her presentation was titled “The Relationship Between Sleep Health and Weight Loss History.”

alli san diego


December 2016

Celebrating the conclusion of another great semester with the SLEEP Lab!



August 2016

A big welcome to our new graduate student joining the SLEEP Lab, Alli Engwall! She joins us from Iowa State, where she completed her B.S. in psychology.

Alli Website Pic

Congrats to Mike on his peer reviewed manuscript!

Mead, M.P. & Irish, L. A. (2016). Spousal influence on CPAP adherence: Applications of health-related social control.  Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 443-454.

June 2016

Congratulations to Mike as he presented his poster at the annual SLEEP Conference in Denver!  His poster was titled “The Bidirectional Relationship of Sleep and Physical Activity.”

Presenting at Denver


This year was a big senior send-off with several of our undergraduate students leaving the lab to pursue their goals!  Best wishes to Leah Jesser, Morgan Wangler, Courtney Bolstad, Ian Dulka, and Ellen Honsa as you begin the next chapter of life as college grads!! Work hard, play hard, and don’t forget your cowbell.

April 2016

The SLEEP Lab had a busy week! Congratulations to all of our undergraduates who presented at the 30th Annual Red River Psychology Conference at NDSU.

Anna Montgomery and Amanda Jensen: “Time for Dinner?  The Association between Evening Meal Timing and Sleep.”



Courtney Bolstad and Hannah Ganskop: “The Influence of Perceived Social Support on Sleep.”


Kayla Bjorlie: “The Eeyore Effect: The Influence of Perception on the Relationship Between Sleep and Depression.”



Keaton Rummel: “The Impact of Sleep Extension on Academic Performance.”



December 2015

Congratulations to Kayla Bjorlie on her graduation from NDSU with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in writing! Here she is with her graduation present from the lab, a pug mug!


Congratulations to Kayla Bjorlie and Leah Jesser on presenting their honors theses on December 11th! Kayla’s presentation was titled “The Influence of Perception on the Relationship between Sleep and Depression”. Leah’s presentation was titled “Does Sleep Quality Impact Empathy and Altruism?”

November 2015

Congratulations to Morgan Wangler and Keaton Rummel on presenting their honors theses at NDSU Department of Psychology’s Colloquium series!  Morgan’s presentation was titled “The Interplay of Sleep and Physical Activity.”  Keaton’s presentation was titled “The Impact of Sleep Extension on Academic Performance.”

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June 2015

Congratulation to Kayla Bjorlie on her acceptance to the University of South Florida Summer Research Fellowship. Enjoy the sunshine!

May 2015

Congratulations to Tyler Ust and Zac Colvin on their graduation from NDSU! Tyler plans to pursue a degree in medicine, while Zac is exploring his career opportunities and hopes to continue his professional involvement in football inspired by his successful college football career (Go Bison! FCS National champs 2011-2014!)



The First Annual Sleepy Awards (The Sleepys)! Thanks to the entire lab for a great year!

 April 2015

The SLEEP lab had a great showing at the Red River Valley Psychology Conference! Posters were presented by Ellen Honsa, Leah Jesser, Keaton Rummel, and Morgan Wangler.

red river 2014

 December 2014

Lab Christmas Party 2014- enjoy your holiday break!

Christmas 2014