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Introducing the Good Night Advisory Council

Pajama Program knows a lot about distributing pajamas and books to children—we’ve been doing it since 2001. But when we committed ourselves to developing and launching programming for caregivers, we were venturing into new territory. We knew we needed a guide—a group of them, actually—to help us develop new ways to promote and support comforting bedtime routines. So, in the fall of 2018, we set out to convene an Advisory Council.

Our goal was to name eight sleep experts to our Good Night Advisory Council. We started with two researchers who were already friends to Pajama Program: Rebecca Robbins, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow at NYU (her office is literally across the street from our Madison Avenue offices), and Eleanor McGlinchey, PhD, a sleep researcher based at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. After a lot of deliberation, we are thrilled to announce our full Council, with the addition of Innessa Donskoy, MD, Pediatric Sleep Medicine Physician at Advocate Medical Group in Chicago; Patrick Fuller, PhD, Professor of Neurology at Harvard; Lauren Hale, PhD, Professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University; Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD, Professor of Population Health and Psychiatry at NYU; Judith Owens, MD, MPH, Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Amy R. Wolfson, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland.

Good Night Advisory CouncilClockwise, from top left: Innessa Donskoy, MD; Patrick Fuller, PhD; Lauren Hale, PhD; Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD; Amy R. Wolfson, PhD; Rebecca Robbins, PhD; Judith Owens, MD, MPH; Eleanor McGlinchey, PhD

Our Council members include doctors, population scientists, and psychologists. They are researchers, clinicians, and practitioners. They specialize in sleep behavior and health, neurobiology, and child development. Some are national figures, all are thought leaders. They are passionate about children’s sleep and bedtime—their dedication to our mission is inspiring. Together, they are guiding us as we develop new ways to promote and support comforting bedtime routines for all children. They bring their knowledge and experience to help us think through programs for our Community Partner organizations, for the families they serve, for teens, and—more broadly—for anyone as we build resources to share on our website.

“As a longtime researcher-advocate of sleep health for all children and adolescents, it is exciting to help ensure that Pajama Program’s work is sleep smart!” said Council member Dr. Amy Wolfson.

Stay tuned as we break ground in new territory, going beyond pajamas and books and into caregiver programming under the wise guidance of the Good Night Advisory Council. We are thrilled to count them as our thought partners.

Learn more about the Good Night Advisory Council here.

Read the full press release here.