The Biopsychosocial Development & Diversity Laboratory

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies


The Neonatal and Pediatric Sleep (NAPS) research study is designed to learn more about the development of sleep patterns in African American infants. Sleep quality has been related to physical, emotional and behavioral health in children and adults, and this study considers the cultural, familial, and child factors that influence infant sleep patterns in African American families.  This study is currently recruiting African American mothers (18 years of age or older) with a child under the age of 3 months.

In addition, NAPS is also recruiting pregnant African American women who are 18 years of age or older for a sub-study called NAPS+, which is studying prenatal nutrition and infant sleep and cognitive development.

Click here to learn more information about this study.

If you are interested in learning more about being a participant, please contact the NAPS team at or at (919) 962-1538.