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Lisa Meltzer

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Lisa Meltzer is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health and an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College, and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical and health psychology from the University of Florida. Dr. Meltzer completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was awarded a Pickwick Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Sleep by the National Sleep Foundation. After 5 years on faculty at CHOP/University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she relocated to her hometown of Denver, Colorado and joined the faculty at National Jewish Health. Dr. Meltzer’s research focuses on sleep in children with chronic illnesses and their parents, the impact of deficient sleep on health outcomes in adolescents with asthma, pediatric sleep and primary care, as well as the development and validation of objective and subjective measures of pediatric sleep. In 2014 Dr. Meltzer was selected as the Education Fellow for the National Sleep Foundation, assisting with the development of programs to educate primary care providers about sleep health. She is also the chair of the Trainee Education and Advisory Committee of the Sleep Research Society. In addition to her research and service, Dr. Meltzer is certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and enjoys working with children and their families in the Pediatric Behavioral Sleep Clinic at National Jewish Health.

Articles written by Lisa Meltzer

Summertime Sleep Schedules for Kids

Three ways to ensure summer vacation doesn’t negatively impact your child’s sleep In my clinical practice parents often complain about how difficult it can be to maintain a consistent sleep schedule in the summer. With long days, children will often wake early with the sun, and few children want to go to bed when it is still light out (especially when they could be playing outside!). It is very easy to get off schedule during the summer without the…

There’s A Monster Under My Bed!

Giving a child control of their fear is the first step to sound sleep for all. For some children, nighttime fears are common, and can interfere with falling asleep.  This can result in a child stalling at bedtime, not getting enough sleep, and/or being sleepy and irritable the next day.  So how is a parent to deal with these “monsters”? Part of normal development is imagination, and for younger children the ability to tell the difference between real and…

Sleep: How Do You Know Enough Is Enough?

  Making sure your children get enough quality sleep is a priority for the whole family. One of the most common questions I get asked as a pediatric sleep psychologist is “how much sleep does my child need?”  The National Sleep Foundation recently updated their recommendations for sufficient sleep duration across development. These numbers often send parents into a panic when they think their child is not obtaining sufficient sleep.  Adults, on the other hand, can usually tell you how much…