Faculty Profile: Monique LeBourgeois, Ph.D.

Monique LeBourgeois, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Human Development, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-863-7532
Monique LeBourgeois's research interests are in sleep, circadian rhythms, and emotion in early childhood. Her focus includes understanding developmental changes in homeostatic and circadian regulation of sleep, as well as the impact of sleep restriction on young children's ability to regulate and express their emotions.


Dr. LeBourgeois received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2003. She subsequently completed a NIMH T-32 postdoctoral fellowship in Child Mental Health at the Brown Medical School Sleep and Chronobiology Research Laboratory. She joined the faculty at Brown University (Human Development) and Brown Medical School (Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior) in 2005.

Research Description

My research interests are in sleep, circadian rhythms, and emotion in early childhood. Our laboratory has studies investigating early developmental changes in bioregulatory factors (homeostatic and circadian) that underlie sleep-wake regulation and the effects of daytime sleep restriction on children's ability to regulate and express their emotions. My primary goal in doing this research is to better understand early sleep-wake regulatory processes and developmental pathways to emotional disorders, with the intent of applying this knowledge to the prevention/treatment of childhood sleep and emotional problems.

Grants and Awards

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pediatric Loan Repayment Award (2003-2007)
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine/Pfizer Scholars Grants in Sleep Medicine Award (2005)


  • American Psychological Association (member; 1994-present)
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (member; 1997-present)
  • Sleep Research Society (member; 2000-present)

    Funded Research

  • National Institute of Mental Health, Validation of a New Measure of Children's Sleep, 1F31MH65831-01 (LeBourgeois, PI), 5/1/01 to 4/31/02 ($25,035)

  • Sepracor, Inc., Homeostatic and Circadian Regulation of Sleep in Early Development, Research Grant (LeBourgeois, PI), 9/1/05 to 8/31/07 ($49,496)

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Sleep-Wake Regulation and Emotion in Early Childhood; 1K01MH074643-01 (LeBourgeois, PI), 9/1/05 to 6/30/10; Principal Investigator ($724,816)

  • National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD), Young Adolescent Sleep-Start Pacesetter Program, 1R01HD047928-01A1 (Wolfson, PI; LeBourgeois, Consultant), 7/20/05 to 4/30/09 ($1,072,976)
  • Selected Publications

    • LeBourgeois, M.K., Giannotti, F., Cortesi, F., Wolfson, A., & Harsh, J. (2005). The relationship between reported sleep quality and sleep hygiene in Italian and American adolescents. Pediatrics, 115(1), 257-265. (2005)
    • Crosby, B., LeBourgeois, M.K., & Harsh, J. (2005). Racial differences in reported napping and nighttime sleep in 2- to 8-year old children. Pediatrics, 115(1), 225-232. (2005)
    • LeBourgeois, M.K., Avis, K., Mixon, M., Harsh, J., & Olmi, J. (2004). Snoring, sleep quality, and sleepiness across attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) subtypes. Sleep, 27(3), 520-525. (2004)
    • Mueller, M., Edwards, R., & LeBourgeois, M.K. (2000). Using direct behavioral consultation to train multiple teachers to lower noncompliance in the classroom. Proven Practice: Prevention and Remediation Solution for Schools, 3(1), 3-8. (2000)