We each spend about a third of our lives sleeping. Why? As a cognitive
neuroscientist, Dr. Erin Wamsley studies this relatively uncharted
territory, exploring the function of sleep,
the brain basis of dreaming, and the role of resting states in memory
consolidation more broadly.
Dr. Wamsley began her academic career as a liberal arts student at Guilford
College in North Carolina, where she double-majored in psychology and philosophy. She then
went on to complete her doctoral studies at the
City University of New York, where she spent long hours working in a
sleep lab in Harlem, teaching undergraduates at City College, and
failing to get enough sleep herself. After obtaining her Ph.D. in 2007, Dr. Wamsley began a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division
of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she was later
promoted to instructor of psychiatry. During this time, Dr. Wamsley
primarily focused on her research, authoring more than 30 research articles,
reviews, and book chapters.
Joining the Psychology department and Neuroscience major at Furman in 2014, Dr. Wamsley is returning to her liberal arts roots and a love
of undergraduate education. She looks forward to working with students
in the classroom, in the laboratory, and everywhere
in between. She also keeps busy with a husband, a toddler, and two cats
(named after features of the sleep EEG: “Ripple” and “Spindle”).
Dr. Wamsley is always looking for motivated students to work with her on
research in the The Furman Sleep Lab.