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Orfeu M. Buxton
Elizabeth Fenton Susman Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Orfeu Buxton directs the Sleep, Health & Society Collaboratory at Penn State.

  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
  • Northwestern Universtiy, PhD, Neuroscience, 2000
Currently Accepting Graduate Students
Office Address
205 Biobehavioral Health Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
  • Facets of sleep health in a biopsychosocial framework
  • Biomarkers of health and well being including digital biomarkers to biological specimens
  • Acoustic disruption and enhancement of sleep
  • Successful aging and resilience across the life course
Professional Experience
  • Lecturer on Medicine, Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Neuroscientist, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brief Biography

Dr. Buxton’s research primarily focuses on 1) the causes of chronic sleep deficiency in the workplace, home, and society, and 2) the health consequences of chronic sleep deficiency, especially cardiometabolic outcomes, and the physiologic and social mechanisms by which these outcomes arise. Successful aging is a central focus of this work. Ongoing interdisciplinary human studies involve sleep loss, aging, and insomnia, as well as health disparities.

Dr. Buxton serves on the Internal Advisory Board for the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Well-being. Dr. Buxton is a member of the Work, Family, and Health Network, co-chairs the Steering Committe, and leads the Biomarker and Actigraphy Data Coordinating Center (BADCC) for the Work, Family, and Health Study, among others.

After earning a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and a stint as a small business owner, Dr. Buxton earned a doctoral degree in Neuroscience from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, working with Professors Eve Van Cauter and Fred Turek. He obtained post-doctoral training in sleep and endocrinology with Dr. Van Cauter at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Buxton co-founded the National Postdoctoral Association, a member-driven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars.

Grants and Research Projects

The causes of sleep deficiency (insufficient duration or inadequate sleep quality) in the workplace, home, and society.

The health consequences of sleep deficiency, especially cardiometabolic outcomes, and the physiologic and social mechanisms by which these outcomes arise.

Director, Sleep, Health, & Society Program

Full time research assistant position available: