NCSDR Strategy Development Workshop on
Educating Youth About Sleep and Drowsy Driving

Agenda &
List of Participants

June 5, 1998

National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
Strategy Development Workshop on Educating Youth About Sleep and Drowsy Driving

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC
June 5, 1998

8:00 - 8:20 Welcome and Introductions
Purpose of Workshop
Dr. Millman/Dr. McCartt
Ms. Rogus
8:20 - 8:50 Sleep in Adolescence Dr. Carskadon
8:50 - 9:30 Drowsy Driving and Teens Dr. Pack/Dr. Strohl
9:30 - 9:45 Break

NOTE: Participants will be assigned to four small groups for the remainder of the morning to focus on the following specific program areas:

  • Driver Education Programs
  • High School Curricula/Programs
  • Middle School Curricula/Programs
  • Community-Based Programs
9:45 - 10:45 **Part 1: Current Opportunities for/Obstacles to Incorporating Sleep Education Into Program Area Small Groups
10:45 - 11:45 ***Part 2: What Can Be Done to Integrate Sleep Education Into Program Area? Small Groups
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch  
1:00 - 4:15 Top Ideas for Successful Integration of Sleep Education Into:

1:00 - 1:45 Driver Education Programs
1:45 - 2:30 High School Curricula/Programs
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:30 Middle School Curricula/Programs
3:30 - 4:15 Community-Based Programs

Small Group Presentations / Large Group Discussion
4:15 - 4:30 Summary  
4:30 Adjournment  

**Part 1: The small groups will consider the following questions for their particular program area (i.e., driver education, high school curricula/programs, middle school curricula/programs, or community-based programs).

1) What is the current focus on sleep/sleep deprivation in this environment?
2) Where would sleep education naturally fit into this environment?
3) What audiences need to be reached in this environment?
4) What messages are needed?
5) What factors* exist that would help to incorporate sleep education (or to achieve adequate sleep) in this environment?
6) What factors* exist that would hinder sleep education (or the attainment of adequate sleep)?
7) Which organizations could be involved in implementing sleep education in this environment?

*Some factors to consider:

a) Knowledge and attitudes (of students, teachers, parents, others)
b) School schedules
c) Athletics
d) Employment
e) Driver licensing/curfews/regulations
f) Others (specify)

***Part 2: The small groups will brainstorm about ideas for integrating sleep education messages into their program area, as well as possible organizations to implement activities. They then will score and rank the ideas according to: a) the idea's likelihood of success (1-10 points where 1= not very likely to succeed and 10= very likely to succeed); and b) its ease of implementation (1-10 points where 1= not at all easy to implement and 10= very easy to implement).

The four small groups will present their "top" ideas, and possible organizations to implement them, to the full group in the afternoon for general discussion and further refinement.


1) That youth and those around them become more knowledgeable about the importance of adequate sleep to good health, and the consequences of sleep deprivation;

2) That youth obtain adequate sleep;

3) That drowsy driving decreases among youth, including that

a) They avoid getting into a drowsy driving situation, and that
b) They know what to do if faced with a drowsy driving situation;

4) That youths' support systems (including parents, teachers, coaches, employers, school health personnel and others) are well informed about sleep needs and the consequences of sleep deprivation, especially the danger of drowsy driving.


1) To identify strategies and recommend priorities for educating youth regarding the importance of sleep and the danger of drowsy driving for the NCSDR and other organizations to consider.

2) To identify opportunities for partnering and coordination among organizations having an interest in the education of youth about sleep and sleep deprivation.



Anne T. McCartt, Ph.D. (Co-chair)
Deputy Director
Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research
Suite 607
80 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205-2604
(518) 453-0291
(518) 453-0298 (fax)

Richard P. Millman, M.D. (Co-chair)
Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Division of Pulmonary, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street (APC-479A)
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 444-3566
(401) 444-5914 (fax)
Jesse Blatt, Ph.D.
Special Assistant
Office of Research and Traffic Records
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Room 6240 NTS-30
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20590
(202) 366-5588
(202) 366-7096 (fax)
Mary Carskadon, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Human
Brown University
Chronobiology/Sleep Research Laboratory
E.P. Bradley Hospital
1011 Veteran's Memorial Parkway
East Providence, RI 02915
(401) 421-9440
401) 453-3578 (fax)
Peggy Connolly, Ed.D.
Mentorship Coordinator
Illinois Mathematics and Science
1500 West Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60506-1000
(630) 907-5985
(630) 907-5918 (fax)
Peter W. Cook
Director of Professional Services
New England League of Middle Schools
Suite 4
460 Boston Street
Topsfield, MA 01983-1223
(978) 887-6263
(978) 887-6504 (fax)
Gary A. Decker, M.P.A.
Public Information and Education Coordinator
DMV Safety Group
Swan Street Building, Room 520
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228
(518) 473-9949
(518) 473-0041 (fax)

Rick Delano
Director, Youth Development Programs
Scholastic, Inc.
555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012-3999
(212) 343-6558
(212) 343-4808 (fax)

Darrel Drobnich
Director, Government and Transportation Affairs
National Sleep Foundation
4th Floor
729 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-3471
(202) 347-3472 (fax)
Bruce Fuchs, Ph.D.
Office of Science Education
National Institutes of Health
Suite 5H01
6100 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 402-5225
(301) 402-3034 (fax)
John Hampu, M.Ed.
Director, Federal Programs and Community Services
Alliance City School District
200 Glamorgan Street
Alliance, OH 44601
(330) 821-2102
(330) 821-0202 (fax)
Susan Hardman
Director, Bureau of Injury Prevention
NYS Department of Health
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower, Room 557
Albany, NY 12237-0677
(518) 473-1143
(518) 473-2853 (fax)
John Harvey, M.S.
Regional Traffic Safety
Education Coordinator
Education Service District 101
1025 West Indiana Avenue
Spokane, WA 99205
(509) 456-6313
(509) 625-5240 (fax)
Sarah James, M.S.
Clinical Applications Specialist
1501 Ardomore Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15221-4401
(412) 733-0200
(412) 473-5010 (fax)
Murray L. Katcher, M.D., Ph.D.
Chairperson, Committee on Injury and
Poison Prevention
American Academy of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin Medical School
1130 Shorewood Boulevard
Madison, WI 53705-1425
(608) 262-8416
(608) 263-0440 (fax)
Paula Kun
Director of Public Relations
National Association for Sport and Physical
1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 476-3461
(703) 476-8316 (fax)

Allan I. Pack, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
Director, Center for Sleep and Respiratory
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
991 Maloney Building
3600 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
(215) 662-3302
(215) 662-7749 (fax)

John W. Palmer, Ph.D.
Minnesota Highway Safety Center
College of Education - A120
St. Cloud State University
720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
(320) 255-2246
(320) 255-4237 (fax)
Jude Pelchat, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Brown University
Box 1985
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-7562
(401) 863-1290 (fax)
Marcia Rubin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director of Research and Sponsored
American School Health Association
7263 State Route 43
Kent, OH 44240-0013
(330) 678-1601, ext. 129
(330) 678-4526 (fax)
Michael Smith
Research Psychologist
National Highway Traffic Safety
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20590
(202) 366-5598
(202) 366-7096 (fax)

Kingman P. Strohl, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
Director, Center for Sleep Disorders
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Room 111 J (W)
10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 231-3399
(216) 231-3475 (fax)

Michelle Treistman
Assistant Editor, Special Publications
National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201-3000
(703) 312-9212
(703) 841-5114 (fax)
Kyla L. Wahlstrom, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Applied
Research and Educational Improvement
Room 265-2
Peik Hall
159 Pillsbury Drive, SE
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0208
(612) 624-1890
(612) 625-3086 (fax)
Deitra Wengert, Ph.D.
Board Member
American Association for Health
Department of Health Science
Towson University
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 830-4215
(410) 830-4325 (fax)

David P. White, M.D.
Director, Sleep Disorders Program
Division of Endocrinology
Brigham and Women's Hospital
221 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 732-5778
(617) 975-0809 (fax)

David Willis
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Suite 201
1440 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 638-5944
(202) 638-5943 (fax)


James P. Kiley, Ph.D.
Director, National Center on Sleep
Disorders Research
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
2 Rockledge Centre
Suite 7024
6701 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-7920
(301) 435-0199
(301) 480-3451 (fax)

Susan D. Rogus, R.N., M.S.
Coordinator, Sleep Education Activities
Office of Prevention, Education, and Control
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 4A18
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-1051
(301) 402-1051 (fax)

Ellen Sommer, M.B.A.
Public Affairs Specialist
Communications and Public
Information Branch
Office of Prevention, Education, and Control
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 4A21
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-4236
(301) 402-2405 (fax)

Pamela A. Christian, R.N., M.P.A.
R.O.W. Sciences, Inc.
Suite 400
1700 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 294-5475
(301) 294-5401 (fax)

Susan T. Shero, R.N., M.S.
R.O.W. Sciences, Inc.
Suite 400
1700 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 294-5654
(301) 294-5401 (fax)