Ellen Stothard, PhD

Dr. Stothard is the Research and Development Director for the Colorado Sleep Institute. She earned her dual doctorate in Physiology and Neuroscience with a specialization in Sleep and Circadian Physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on understanding how daily activities, especially sleep/wakefulness behaviors and light exposure, can lead to altered behavioral decision making and adverse metabolic health outcomes.

Dr. Stothard’s academic accomplishments include papers published in peer-reviewed literature and research presented at regional, national, and international meetings. She has worked on and managed research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Research and Development companies. She is also an active member of the Sleep Research Society and American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

As part of her doctoral training, she was the project leader and co-lead author of a study examining how sleep and biological timing are impacted differently by electrical lighting in our modern environment compared natural light in the outdoor environment. She had the opportunity to discuss the exciting findings of this study in interviews with local, national and international media, and private organizations, including Colorado Sleep Institute.

Dr. Stothard joined the Colorado Sleep institute in 2018 to continue the pursuit of her interest in sleep research. She is passionate about bringing research out of the laboratory and into the real world. She enjoys thinking outside of the box to find creative solutions, talking about sleep and circadian research, and is excited for the opportunity to work with the patients and colleagues at the Colorado Sleep Institute.

When her nose is not in a spreadsheet, you can find Dr. Stothard in the mountains, hanging out with friends and dogs, or eating ice cream.