Sleep Deprivation in Teens (2015, 3 hours)

Independent Study Continuing Education Program

This is an online continuing education program based on a video made of a recent workshop held by the Alabama Psychological Association. 

In order to receive credit, register here.


Sleep Deprivation in Teens:  Burning More than the Midnight Oil  (3 CE Hours)

FORMAT: Video (90 minutes), independent reading (90 minutes)


Presenter: Mary Halsey Maddox, M.D.  (Video)
Reading:  PEDIATRICS Volume 134, Number 3, September 2014.

SUMMARY: Dr. Maddox presents a lecture on the purpose of sleep /sleep requirements, reality of sleep in today’s teens and the consequences of sleep deprivation. The required article from PEDIATRICS will further expound on these issues.Chronic sleep loss and associated sleepiness and daytime impairments in adolescence are a serious threat to their academic success, health, and safety. Understanding the extent and potential short- and long-term consequences of sleep deprivation is essential to get health care for this population, and has significant implications for public health policy. This activity reviews the current literature on sleep patterns in adolescents, factors contributing to chronic sleep loss (ie, electronic media use, caffeine consumption), and health-related consequences, such as depression, increased obesity risk, and higher rates of drowsy driving accidents. The report also discusses the potential role of later school start times as a means of reducing adolescent sleepiness.

Learning Objectives: At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to

· Identify the function of sleep

· Identify sleep requirements in teenagers

· Describe academic & athletic, and safety consequences of sleep deprivation in the teen population

· Identify implications for public policy reform, with a focus on drowsy driving and delay of school start times.

Presenter Bio: Mary Halsey Maddox, M.D. is an attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Alabama.  She is board certified in both pediatrics and sleep medicine after receiving her degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She is an assistant professor of sleep medicine at her alma mater.  She is co-author of “Epidemiology of Sleep Medicine” Principles and Practices of Sleep Medicine, 6th Ed. currently in press.  She has presented issues related to sleep and adolescents/children at numerous medical divisions, societies and symposiums. (Full CV available on request.)

How to Earn CE Credits for this Activity:

1.      Register here. (

2.   A PDF of the slides is available here.

2.      View part 1 of the video of Dr. Maddox’s presentation at this link.

Read the article in PEDIATRICS, available at this link.

Complete the online post-test at this link

6.      Complete the evaluation at this link

The Alabama Psychological Association (aPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. aPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered separately. Partial completion will preclude awarding CE credits. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE: This CE activity is intended for psychologists, other mental health professionals, and graduate students in mental health disciplines. 

Cancellations & Refunds: Refund requests must be made in writing within 90 days of completing this activity. No refunds after this date.

Concerns and Complaints: If you have any concerns, complaints, questions, or ideas for improvement, please direct them to either Kelley Durrance at or the CE Chairperson, Dr. Gaye Vance, at

Special Needs:  aPA is committed to providing access and support to persons with special needs.  For further information, call 334-262-8245.