About Dr. Mednick

Dr. Sara Mednick is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. In 2003, she received her PhD in psychology from Harvard University. She moved to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA with a three-year, National Institute of Health funded, National Research Service Award fellowship. In fall 2007, she became faculty at University of California, San Diego and was awarded a five-year, National Institute of Mental Health funded, K01 Mentored Research Scientist Award. In 2011, Dr. Mednick moved her lab to UC Riverside.

Dr. Mednick has conducted studies in conjunction with numerous academic institutions, the U.S. Navy, V.A. Medical Center and private businesses. Her articles have been published in such leading scientific journals as Nature Neuroscience and The Proceedings from the National Academy of Science. She is a member of numerous scientific societies, including the National Sleep Foundation, Associated Professional Sleep Societies and the Society for Neuroscience and she has been a featured speaker at numerous academic conferences and symposia. Her napping research has been covered by CNN, Reuters TV, NPR, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports Health Journal, Reader's Digest, The New York Times and many other major media outlets. Dr. Mednick resides in San Diego, CA.