Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC) has added four affiliate faculty members.

Peixoto, Lucia sent 6.11.14 150 pixLucia Peixoto is an assistant professor in the College of Medical Sciences and the college’s faculty adviser to the WSU Spokane genomics core. Her specialty is genomics and computational biology, which she applies to autism spectrum disorder, cognition and sleep. She’s working to understand the underlying molecular basis of autism spectrum disorders and their relationship with intellectual disabilities and sleep impairments.


BSharpless02 - Copy 150 pixBrian Sharpless is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. He’s the director of the WSU Psychology Clinic and a licensed clinical psychologist. His research focuses on anxiety and unusual and rare psychological disorders, including exploding head syndrome and isolated sleep paralysis. His new book, “Sleep Paralysis,” was released this week.


Wilson_Marian 150 pixMarian Wilson is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. She studies how people deal with chronic conditions, such as pain. She also studies the sleep habits of nurses.




Michael Rempe head shot 150 pixMichael Rempe is an adjunct professor in WSU’s College of Medical Sciences and an associate professor at Whitworth University. His research involves mathematical models of the sleep/wake cycle.




The four new members join 20 other WSU faculty members associated with the Sleep and Performance Research Center, considered one of the top research centers of its kind in the world.

“These faculty members add important expertise and promising new research directions to the Center,” said SPRC director Hans Van Dongen. “They enhance our potential to collaboratively investigate the mysteries of sleep and sleep deficiency.”