Financial support for Beebe's research has come through the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, and the State of Ohio Emergency Medical Services fund. 


Current Funding

Sleep Restriction and the Adolescent Diet: Impact and Mechanisms 

R01 HL120879                PI: D. Beebe                9/1/14-6/30/18

This study examines the impact of experimental sleep restriction on healthy adolescents' dietary choices and physical activity patterns. It also uses behavioral, cognitive, and functional MRI tools to better understand the potential impact of sleep restriction on the reward value of specific kinds of foods.

Role: Principal Investigator

Deficient Sleep Lung Function, and Functional Outcomes in Adolescents with Asthma 

R01 HL119441                PI: L. Meltzer                11/17/14-10/31/18

This study examines the impact of experimental sleep restriction on lung functioning, asthma control, health-related quality of life, and inflammation among adolescents with asthma. The goal is to clarify the role of sleep in both medical and functional aspects of asthma control.

Role: Co-Investigator

A Multi-Method Investigation to Distinguish Sluggish Cognitive Tempo from ADHD 

K23 MH108603                PI: S Becker                9/18/15 – 8/31/2020

In the context of the PI’s career development proposal, this research will identify the daily life, neuropsychological, and neurophysiological correlates that distinguish children with well-defined sluggish-cognitive tempo (with or without ADHD) from typically developing children and children with ADHD-only. Findings from this research will contribute to an improved understanding of the underlying dysfunctions and impairments that distinguish sluggish cognitive tempo from ADHD.

Role: Mentor

Treatment of sleep disturbances in school-age children with Down Syndrome 

R21 HD082307                PI: A. Esbensen            8/6/15 - 6/30/17

This study examines the effectiveness of a behavioral sleep intervention for children with Down Syndrome both on child sleep and on both child and parental functioning.

Role: Co-Investigator

Factorial Design to Improve Sleep Hygiene in Patients and Families Undergoing Stem Cell Transplantation 

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Place Outcome Award     PI: C. Dandoy              7/1/15 – 6/30/17

This study systematically investigates the sleep quality of pediatric patients undergoing stem cell transplantation, the impacts of sleep quality on child and parental health, barriers to healthy sleep in these patients, and potential solutions to overcome those barriers.

Role: Co-Investigator

Sleep-wake disturbances and physical and psychological health in adolescents with spina bifida 

F31 HD079270                PI: C. Murray                6/1/14 – 5/31/16

This Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) is designed to provide research experience and training to allow the trainee (C. Murray) develop skills at the interface of pediatric sleep medicine and clinical psychology. Her research project examines the contribution of sleep factors to psychological health and well-being in an at-risk population: adolescents with spina bifida.

Role: Consultant

Elucidating the Role of Sleep in Glycemic Control and Neurobehavioral Functioning in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes 

American Diabetes Association
ADA 7-13-CE-32                PI: M. Perfect                7/1/13 - 6/30/16

Children and adolescents with diabetes often have poor sleep, and there is preliminary evidence that poor sleep may contribute to poor glycemic control. The aims of this experimental study are to: (1) Determine the relative contribution of various sleep disturbances on glucose control in youth with T1DM; (2) Examine the joint impact of glucose control and sleep disturbances on neurobehavioral performance in youth with T1DM; and (3) Determine if increasing sleep duration relative to youth's typical schedules contributes to changes in glycemic control and neurobehavioral performance.

Role: Consultant

Driving after Childhood TBI: The Impact of Distraction 

Ohio Emergency Medical Services
Injury Prevention Grant        PI: M Narad                7/1/15 - 6/30/16

This study examines the driving skills and eye tracking of adolescents who have experienced significant traumatic brain injuries, which the goal of better appraising driving risk.

Role: Co-Investigator

Sleepy Teens as Novice Drivers (STAND): Does Better Sleep Improve Adolescent Driving Skills?

 Ohio Emergency Medical Services
Injury Prevention Grant        PI: D. Beebe                 7/1/15 - 12/31/15

This is a small-scale experimental trial that examines the effect of extending sleep on performance in a driving simulator among adolescents who typically sleep 5-7 hours per night on school nights. Primary outcomes include lateral vehicle control/steering, crash rates, missed signs/signals, eyes on the road (using an in-simulator eye tracker), and emotional responses to driving challenges.

Role: Principal Investigator

Impact of Concussion on Adolescent Driving Skills 

Ohio Emergency Medical Services
Injury Prevention Grant         PI: A Kiefer                     7/1/15 - 12/31/15

This study examines the driving skills and eye tracking of adolescents who have experienced recent concussions, which the goal of better appraising risk after mild head injuries.

Role: Co-Investigator

Research Training in Child Behavior and Nutrition 

T32DK063929                        PIs: Powers, Zeller            7/1/03 – 6/30/18

This multidisciplinary grant supports postdoctoral fellows seeking specialized training in the relationship between child and family behaviors, nutrition, and nutrition-related health conditions.

Role: Mentor

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Award 

T35HL113229                         PI: Hardie                            5/1/12 – 6/30/16

This grant supports the research training of early medical students who are interested in basic, translational, and clinical research in pulmonary medicine or sleep.

Role: Mentor