The Cognition, Aging, Sleep, and Health Lab (CASH Lab) studies the bidirectional relationship between sleep and cognition in healthy and pathological aging populations. The CASH Lab is specifically interested in evaluating cognitive interventions for improving sleep, cognition, and associated functions.

The CASH Lab also examines risk (e.g., pain, medication) and demographic factors (e.g., sex) that alter sleep and cognitive profiles across the lifespan. The lab uses behavioral (e.g., cognitive testing, daytime functioning assessment, sleep) and physiological (e.g., polysomnography, heart rate variability, neuroimaging) methods to answer novel research questions in these areas.

CASH Lab News


  • CASH Lab graduate researcher (Anthony) and undergraduate researchers (Grant, Maggie, Mikayla) presented posters at the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Research Day during the month of October 2020. Their projects looked at data from the CAGES study in middle-aged and older adults. Topics included: sex differences in social media use and COVID-19 anxiety, sex differences in COVID-19 and cognition, and associations between physical activity and sleep. Congrats team!
  • Dr. Curtis’ new manuscript (a collaboration with Mizzou Sleep Research Lab) looking at interactive associations between sleep and pain on cognition in middle-aged and older adults is now published online at the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
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  • Dr. Curtis presented her collaborative work with Mizzou Sleep Research Lab at the SLEEP 2020 Virtual Conference. Her talk was entitled: “Associations between physiological arousal and executive function in adults with chronic widespread pain and insomnia complaints.”
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  • Dr. Curtis was featured on the BrainShape Podcast discussing sleep, cognition, and aging.
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  • Dr. Curtis was awarded a grant from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation. Her focused projects award will examine cognitive training in older adults with insomnia.
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  • Dr. Curtis presented at Psychiatry Grand Rounds on October 23rd, 2019. The talk was titled, “Sleep and Cognition in Older Adults: Moderators and Training Strategies.
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  • Dr. Curtis presented two posters at the inaugural Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Conference on Sept 12-16th in Birmingham, AL.

Staff Recruitment

Graduate Students: Dr. Curtis will be considering graduate students for the upcoming academic year. Visit the Mizzou graduate psychology program for details on how to apply.

Undergraduate Students: If you would like to join our lab, send a cover letter outlining experience and research interests as well as a CV to Dr. Curtis at Please note that undergraduate students are expected to volunteer 8-10 hours per week in the lab.

For all other inquiries please email Dr. Curtis.