Eastern Michigan University
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Angela Staples

Assistant Professor

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Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Virginia, 2010-2012
Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, 2010

Interests and Expertise

A single night of poor sleep can have substantial consequences on one's behavior the next day. The situation becomes more complex when we start asking questions about how poor sleep affects parents and children. For example, the ability of a parent to keep their cool or a child's ability to stay on task. Now, add the development of sleep between age 2 and 4, when kids stop napping, start resisting going to sleep, and may reach out for comfort when awakened in the middle of the night and we have arrived in the neighborhood of my research area. Specifically, I study the relation between sleep and parent-child communication. I measure sleep, for parents and children, with questionnaires, daily sleep diaries, and actigraphy. Parent-child interaction is typically based on video recorded sessions such as free play and toy clean-up carried out in the lab or at their home. A current question being investigated in the Sleep and Social Development Lab is the potential for sleep to moderate parental sensitivity to child affective cues. A second question concerns the relation between the bedtime routine (e.g., consistency and duration), nighttime sleep quality, and the ability for children to manage negative emotions during a frustrating task.

Selected Publications

Boker, S. M., Staples, A. D., & Hu, Y. (2016). Dynamics of change and change in dynamics. Journal of Person-Oriented Research2(1–2), 34–55. doi:10.17505/jpor.2016.05 

Hoyniak, C. P., Bates, J. E., Staples, A. D., Rudasill, K. M., Molfese, D. L., & Molfese, V. J. (2018). Child sleep and socioeconomic context in the development of cognitive abilities in early childhood. Child Development, 1–20. doi:10.1111/cdev.13042

Hoyniak, C. P., Petersen, I. T., McQuillan, M. E., Staples, A. D., & Bates, J. E. (2015). Less efficient neural processing related to irregular sleep and less sustained attention in toddlers. Developmental Neuropsychology, 40(3), 155-66. doi:10.1080/87565641.2015.101616

McQuillan, M. E., Bates, J. E., Staples, A. D., & Deater-Deckard, K. (in press). Maternal stress, sleep, and parenting. Journal of Family Psychology.

Petersen, I. T., Hoyniak, C. P., Bates, J. E., Staples, A. D., & Molfese, D. L. (2018). A longitudinal, within-person investigation of the association between the P3 ERP component and externalizing behavior problems in young children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59(10), 1044–1051. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12975

Petersen, I. T., Hoyniak, C. P., McQuillan, M. E., Bates, J. E., & Staples, A. D. (2016). Measuring the development of inhibitory control: The challenge of heterotypic continuity. Developmental Review, 40, 25-71. doi:10.1016/j.dr.2016.02.001

Staples, A. D., & Bates, J. E. (2013). Developmental science in the study of sleep. In A. R. Wolfson & H. E. Montgomery-Downs (Eds.), The oxford handbook of infant, child, and adolescent sleep and behavior (pp. 24-33). New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Staples, A. D., & Bates, J. E. (2018). Parenting of infants and toddlers. In: Sanders MR, Morawska A, eds. Handbook of Parenting and Child Development across the Lifespan. Springer International Publishing; 2018:585-607. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-94598-9_26

Staples, A. D., Bates, J. E., & Petersen, I. T. (2015). IX. Bedtime routines in early childhood: Prevalence, consistency, and associations with nighttime sleep. Monographs of the Society Research Child Development80(1), 141-59. doi:10.1111/mono.1214

Staples, A. D.,  Bates, J. E.,  Petersen, I. T., McQuillan, M. E., & Hoyniak, C. P. (in press). Measurement of sleep in young children and their mothers: Identifying actigraphic sleep composites. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

Staples, A. D., & LeLonde, L. (2018). Sleep in early childhood: The role of bedtime routines. International of Birth and Parent Education, 6, 17-21.

Courses Taught:
205 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
301W Introductory Experimental Psychology
600 Psychological Statistics I
601 Psychological Statistics II