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Each episode of AJP Audio brings you an in-depth look at one of the articles featured in that month’s issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association. Wide-ranging interviews with article authors cover the background, rationale, main findings, and future implications of the research.

Jun 1, 2020

Executive Editor Michael Roy speaks with Katherine MacDuffie, Ph.D., and Annette Estes, Ph.D., about their longitudinal neuroimaging study examining associations between sleep difficulties and developmental trajectories among infants who go on to develop autism spectrum disorder.

  • Why is sleep so important during early life? [2:16]
  • How can sleep affect a child's behavioral and mental development, as well as overall functioning? [3:34]
  • Why the authors conducted this research [4:47]
  • Areas of the brain that were of particular interest [6:35]
  • Methods used in the research [8:34]
  • Main findings of the research [10:54]
  • How results aligned with previous research [12:22]
  • Potential neurobiological mechanisms underlying the results [13:57]
  • Limitations of the work [15:26]
  • Conclusions that researchers, clinicians, and other mental health professionals can take away from the work [17:12]
  • Recommendations for further research in this area [18:21]

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