Mona El-Sheikh Ph.D.
Leonard Peterson & Co., Inc. Professor
Mona El-Sheikh   headshot
Mentoring Statement

Accepting new graduate students: No

Accepting new undergraduate students: Yes


260 Spidle Hall

Auburn University
College of Human Sciences
261 Mell Street
Auburn, AL 36849

(334) 844-3294




Fun Facts
Ph.D. West Virginia University, Psychology, 1989
M.A. West Virginia University, Psychology, 1988
B.A. The American University, Cairo, Egypt, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, 1984
Research Interest
• Sleep and Development
• Developmental Psychobiology
• Developmental Psychopathology
• Family Conflict
• Marital and Parent-Child Relationships
• Health Disparities
Courses Taught
Sleep and Development
Families from a Cross-Cultural Perspective
Marital Conflict and Child Adjustment
2018   Nominated by Auburn University for the Southeastern Universities Research Association
      Distinguished Scientist Award

2017   Research Advisory Board Advancement of Research and Scholarship Award, Auburn University

Research Projects
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH)
Child Sleep as a Mechanism and Moderator in the Development of Health Disparities

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH)
Family aggression and trajectories of adolescent adaptation: Bioregulatory effects

Selected Publications
El-Sheikh, M., & Kelly, R. J. (2017). Family Functioning and Children’s Sleep. Child Development Perspectives, 11, 264-269. DOI: 10.1111/cdep.12243

El-Sheikh, M., & Sadeh, A. (Eds.) (2015). Sleep and development: Advancing theory and research. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 80, vii-215. doi: 10.1111/mono.12140

Hinnant, B., Erath, S. A., & El-Sheikh, M. (2015). Harsh parenting, parasympathetic activity, and development of delinquency and substance use. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 137-151. doi: 10.1037/abn0000026

Kelly, R.J., & El-Sheikh, M. (2014). Reciprocal relations between children’s sleep and their adjustment over time. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1137-1147. doi: 10.1037/a0034501

El-Sheikh, M., Keiley, M., Erath, S., & Dyer, W., J. (2013). Marital conflict and growth in children’s internalizing symptoms: The role of autonomic nervous system activity. Developmental Psychology, 49, 92-108. doi: 10.1037/a0027703