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Research Assistant Professor


Ph.D., University of Bergen, Norway
Dr. Grønli received her European certification as a somnologist-sleep scientist in 2013.


Dr. Grønli investigates the impact of stress on sleep (and synaptic plasticity). She employs various paradigms that rely either on acute or chronic, predictable (controllable) or unpredictable (uncontrollable) stress, in different phases in life. The sleep-stress interaction is examined at the behavioral level, on brain function and molecular changes at the translational level. Working with research partners, she performs studies on human adults and children to apply the findings to issues related to human mental health. During her stay at WSU, Grønli is working in Dr. Jonathan Wisor’s laboratory on projects aimed at characterizing the critical function of sleep in ensuring metabolic homeostasis within the cerebral cortex. In particular, she is exploring how chronic methamphetamine use causes hypersomnolence and cerebral hypermetabolism.

Professional memberships

Academic Centers and Institutes:

  • Board member, Norwegian Society of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine, 2014 – present.
  • Partner, Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience (NRSN), 2012 – present

Professional societies:

  • European Sleep Research Society
  • American Academy for Sleep Medicine
  • Norwegian Society of Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine.

Selected awards and honors

2013: Publication of the year in sleep research in Norway.
2012: Burgen Scholarship in recognition of excellent academic achievement, Academia Europea
2012: Publication of the year in sleep research in Norway.
2012: Bjørn Christiansen Memorial Award, The Norwegian Psychological Association.
2008: Young excellent researcher award, Faculty of Psychology, UiB, Norway

Recent Publications

Grønli J, Rempe M, Clegern W, Schmidt M, Wisor J. Beta EEG reflects sensory processing in active wakefulness and homeostatic sleep drive in quiet wakefulness. J Sleep Res, in press

Blågestad TF, Nordhus IH, Grønli J, Engesæter LB, Ruths S, Ranhoff AH, Bjorvatn B, Pallesen S. Prescription trajectories and effect of total hip arthroplasty on the use of analgesics, hypnotics, antidepressants and anxiolytics: Results from a population of total hip arthroplasty patients. PAIN, 2015 Nov 14

Henriksen TEG, Fasmer OB, Skrede S, Hamre B, Grønli J, Lund A. Blocking blue light during mania-markedly increased regularity of sleep and rapid improvement of symptoms. A case report. Bipolar Disorders, Bipolar Disord. 2014 Sep 27. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12265

Grønli J, Soulé J and Bramham CR. Sleep and protein synthesis-dependent synaptic plasticity: impacts of sleep loss and stress. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2014 Jan 21;7:2242

Mrdalj J, Mattson AL, Murison R, Konow Jellestad F, Milde AM, Pallesen S, Ursin R, Bjorvatn B, Grønli J. Hypothermia after chronic mild stress exposure in rats with a history of postnatal maternal separations. Chronobiol Int. 2014 Mar;31(2):252-64.

Kinn Rød AM, Murison R, Mrdalj J, Milde AM, Jellestad FK, Overnes LA, Grønli J. Effects of social defeat on sleep and behaviour: Importance of the confrontational behaviour. Physiol Behav. 2014 Jan 25. pii: S0031-9384(14)00013-4.

Grønli J, Dagestad G, Milde AM, Murison R, Portas CM and Bramham C. Sleep deprivation modulates chronic mild stress responses at the post-transcriptional level: brain region-specific regulation of translation factor activity and CPEB phosphorylation Behav Brain Res, 2012, Aug 16;235(2):251-262.

Research Assistant Professor