Michelle M. Garrison, PhD


Michelle M. Garrison, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor in the University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with an adjunct appoint in the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Services, where she teaches in the Community Oriented Public Health Practice MPH program.

She earned a PhD at the University of Washington in the Department of Epidemiology, after previously having received a bachelors degree at the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors program. Her first experience in research was working as an intern for two years at the Developmental Psychology department of Northern Illinois University while in high school at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. During undergraduate and graduate school, she worked at the Texas Department of Health on the Oral Rabies Vaccination Project, as a childcare and respite care provider for children with autism spectrum disorders, and as a math and English teacher.

Dr. Garrison has worked at Seattle Children’s Research Institute since 2008 in the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development. She is a member of the Sleep Research Society and the Society for Epidemiologic Research, and has taught research methods workshops at both local and national conferences.

Her current research focuses on child and adolescent sleep problems, with special interests in intervention development and exploring the dynamic interactions between sleep, media use, physical activity, and emotional regulation.