Family-based approaches to treating sleep problems

The health, development, and personality psychology section (HUP) is hosting a guest lecture by Dr. Linda Berg-Cross.

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Dr. Linda Berg-Cross.

About the lecture

A new baby typically causes parents to lose 400-500 hours of sleep during the first year of life. Applying our knowledge of behavioral sleep medicine and family dynamics, the Preventative Sleep Program is an easy, customizable way for parents to maximize their sleep during the first year of a baby's life. The program aims to guarantee a minimum extended sleep period each night, thereby increasing the likelihood of successful nursing, reducing instances of post-partum depression, increasing healthy bonding, and protecting the parents' relationship during a most trying year.

The presentation focuses on the prerequisite psychoeducation that parents need before advancing to "the mechanics" of the program. Participants will have the opportunity to try to adapt the program to the wide range of family circumstances that exist and the multitude of cultural approaches couples have towards both sleep and child-rearing. 

Dr. Berg-Cross loves to discuss and explore questions about how family dynamics affect sleep throughout life. 


Dr. Linda Berg-Cross is a Professor of Psychology at Howard University in Washington, DC, and board certified in clinical psychology (ABPP) and behavioral sleep medicine (AASM). She is the author of three books: Basic Concepts in Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Zombie Parents, and over 50 scholarly articles. Dr. Berg-Cross maintains a private practice focused on both couples and sleep problems.

Zoom Link

Both students and faculty are welcome. There is room for 20 people in the seminar room, and we use a first come, first served approach. It is also possible to follow the lecture on zoom:

Meeting ID: 622 6422 2009
Passcode: 104985

Published Aug. 8, 2022 1:40 PM - Last modified Aug. 18, 2022 5:38 PM