Translational Issues in Psychological Science (TPS), the first journal developed and co-published through a partnership
between graduate students and APA, has made its debut with
an issue focused on the causes and consequences of sleep
disturbances and sleep loss. The free journal will be sent to
The idea for the journal came in 2009, when APA leadership
asked APAGS’s student science committee to think about ways
to involve more students.
“They said to dream big, and we started coming up with
ideas that would benefit both students and psychological
science,” says Michael Scullin, then-chair, whom colleagues
credit as the inspiration and driving force behind TPS. Scullin,
now an assistant professor at Baylor University, saw two
benefits of a student-run journal: giving students a reputable
Articles in TPS’s debut issue
• “Vulnerability to Stress-Related Sleep
Disturbance and Insomnia: Investigating the Link
with Co-morbid Depressive Symptoms,” by Ivan
Vargas at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
and colleagues. This study — one of the first to
investigate the link between stress-related sleep
disturbances and symptoms of depression —
highlights factors that increase the risk of
insomnia and depression.
• “‘Do I Really Need a Nap?’ The Role of
Sleep Science in Informing Sleep Practices in
Early Childhood Education and Care Settings.”
This article, written by Sally Staton, PhD, of the
Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane,
Australia, and colleagues, summarizes research on
how napping during the day affects night sleep in
• “Understanding and Predicting the Cognitive
Effects of Sleep Loss through Simulation.”
Computer models can now help determine the
cognitive effects of too little sleep in humans.
This paper summarizes progress toward creating
biologically inspired math models that may help
inform health policy and safety programs. Glenn
Gunzelman, PhD, and colleagues from the Air Force
Laboratory wrote the piece.
• “The Teen Sleep Loss Epidemic: What Can
Be Done.” This review of adolescent sleep needs
from Natalie Bryant and Rebecca Gómez, PhD,
of the University of Arizona, highlights evidence-based best practices for improving teen sleep and
includes policy recommendations for schools.
• “Associations of Sleep Duration and Regularity
with Level of Obesity among Youth in a Weight-Loss Program.” This study led by Janet Chuang,
MD, of University Hospitals Case Medical Center
in Cleveland, Ohio, looked at the associations
between sleep duration and weekday-weekend
shifts in sleep times and their relationship to obesity
in youths ages 6 to 18 years, finding significant
differences between girls and boys.
• “Barriers, Facilitators and Usability of an
Internet Intervention for Children Aged 1 to 10
Years with Insomnia.” Children with insomnia don’t
get treatment for several reasons, including a lack
of trained professionals in the area. Tamara Speth
of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and
colleagues wrote this article, which describes studies
exploring an Internet intervention.
• “Sleep Disturbances in Pediatric Chronic Pain
Patients: The Role of Cognitions.” This review
from Kristina Puzino and Jodi Mindell, PhD,
from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia looks at
how negative thoughts influence pain and sleep
disturbances in children. It suggests a hybrid
cognitive-behavioral therapy that targets both
pain and sleep issues.
• “Selective Effects of Sleep on Emotional
Memory: What Mechanisms Are Responsible?”
This review explains what we know about how
sleep helps reactivate and replay emotional
memories, transferring them into long-term
storage in the brain. It’s written by Kelly Bennion
of Boston College and colleagues.
• “Behind Sleepy Eyes: Implications of Sleep
Loss for Organizations and Employees.” Employees
who don’t sleep are less productive and happy, says
Christopher Budnick of Northern Illinois University
in DeKalb and his co-authors. Workplace courses on
good sleep hygiene may help.
• “Dreaming and Waking Cognition.” How do
Freud’s dream interpretations relate to what we
now know about the neurobiology of dreaming?
Yvette Graveline and Erin Wamsley, PhD, show
that both dreams and waking cognition share
common brain mechanisms.
• “Cognitive and Mood Dysfunction in Adult
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA): Implications for
Psychological Research and Practice.” Michelle
Olaithe of the University of Western Australia, and
colleagues discuss cognitive- and mood-related
difficulties individuals with OSA face.
— Stacy Lu
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