Hans P. A. Van Dongen, Ph.D.
Sleep and Performance Research Center,
Phone: (509) 358-7755
Fax: (509) 358-7810
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
P.O. Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
My research focuses on the effects of sleep and sleep
deprivation on neurobehavioral functions. I conduct experiments with
human volunteers staying in the laboratory for multiple days (up to 2
weeks). These studies provide insight into the interactions of time
awake versus time asleep (i.e., sleep homeostasis), circadian rhythms,
and other regulatory mechanisms affecting waking neurobehavioral
performance. I am particularly interested in inter-individual
differences in sleep architecture and in the cognitive responses to
sleep loss, having demonstrated that these inter-individual differences
constitute neurobiological traits. In addition, I am engaged in
mathematical and statistical modeling of the temporal changes in
performance across extended periods of wakefulness. Many students are
actively involved in conducting the experiments and analyzing the data
underlying this research.
Research Professor, Sleep and Performance Research
Center, Washington State University Spokane, Summer 2009-present.
Associate Research Professor, Sleep and Performance Research Center,
Washington State University Spokane, October 2005-Summer 2009.
Research Associate Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology, Department of
Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, July 2004-September 2005.
Research Assistant Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology, Department of
Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, July 1999-June 2004.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of
Pennsylvania, June 1998-June 1999.
Ph.D. degree in Chronobiology and Sleep, 1998, Leiden University, The
M.S. degree in Astrophysics, 1993, Leiden University, The Netherlands
WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center. Pictured (l-r) are Drs.
David Rector, Hans Van Dongen, Gregory Belenky, and (sitting) James
Selected Recent Publications
Tucker AM, Whitney P, Belenky G, Hinson JM, Van Dongen HPA.
Effects of sleep deprivation on dissociated components of executive
functioning. Sleep 2010; 33: 47-57.
McCauley P, Kalachev LV, Smith AD, Belenky G, Dinges DF, Van Dongen
HPA. A new mathematical model for the homeostatic effects of sleep
loss on neurobehavioral performance. Journal of Theoretical Biology
2009; 256: 227-239.
Van Dongen HPA, Mott CG, Huang JK, Mollicone DJ, McKenzie FD,
Dinges DF. Optimization of biomathematical model predictions for
cognitive performance impairment in individuals: Accounting for unknown
traits and uncertain states in homeostatic and circadian processes.
Sleep 2007; 30: 1129-1143.
Tucker AM, Dinges DF, Van Dongen HPA. Trait interindividual
differences in the sleep physiology of healthy young adults. Journal of
Sleep Research 2007; 16: 170-180.
Van Dongen HPA, Vitellaro KM, Dinges DF. Individual differences
in adult human sleep and wakefulness: Leitmotif for a research agenda.
Sleep 2005; 28: 479-496.
Van Dongen HPA, Baynard MD, Maislin G, Dinges DF. Systematic
interindividual differences in neurobehavioral impairment from sleep
loss: Evidence of trait-like differential vulnerability. Sleep 2004; 27:
Van Dongen HPA, Maislin G, Mullington JM, Dinges DF. The
cumulative cost of additional wakefulness: Dose-response effects on
neurobehavioral functions and sleep physiology from chronic sleep
restriction and total sleep deprivation. Sleep 2003; 26: 117-126.
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