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Orfeu Buxton

Orfeu M. Buxton, PhD (neuroscience, Northwestern 2000)
Elizabeth Fenton Susman Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Director, Sleep Health & Society Collaboratory, BBH/HHD/PSU

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Brief Biography

Dr. Buxton’s research primarily focuses on 1) the causes of chronic sleep deficiency in the workplace, home, and society;  2) the health consequences of chronic sleep deficiency, especially cardiometabolic outcomes; and 3) the physiologic and social mechanisms by which these outcomes arise. Successful aging is a central focus of this work. Ongoing interdisciplinary human studies involve sleep loss, and insomnia, as well as health disparities.

After earning a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and a stint as a small business owner, Dr. Buxton earned a doctoral degree in Neuroscience from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, working with Professors Eve Van Cauter and Fred Turek. He obtained post-doctoral training in sleep and endocrinology with Dr. Van Cauter at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Buxton co-founded the National Postdoctoral Association, a member-driven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Dr. Buxton currently serves as the second Editor in Chief of Sleep Health.