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About this Event

Through 3 separate talks, this seminar series will focus on sleep and sickle cell disease.

Our goal is to help raise awareness about the common sleep problems associated with sickle cell disease so that patients, parents, and their families will be able to recognize these issues earlier in life, actively discuss their concerns with their providers in an informed manner, and advocate for necessary treatments and services.


· Review consequences of poor sleep in children

· Describe common sleep problems experienced by children and adolescents with sickle cell disease

· Discuss strategies for improving sleep in children and adolescents

Meet our speaker and moderator

Cecelia Valrie, PhD. Dr. Cecelia Valrie, a developmental health psychologist with a program of research aimed at improving the health and well-being of youth and young adults at risk for poor health outcomes, with a special focus on youth with sickle cell disease (SCD). She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at VCU. She earned her M.A., and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her B.A. in Psychology and Math at East Carolina University. The majority of her work has centered on understanding the pain and sleep experiences of youth with SCD. Additional interest areas include improving the transition to adulthood for pediatric SCD patients, reducing pediatric health disparities, and developing effective pain and sleep interventions. Her research has been funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and the American Society of Hematology. She has been published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, and Sleep Medicine.

We look forward to having you join us during these mini-seminars. Mark your calendars for the other Sleep and Sickle Cell Disease seminars taking place in 2021:

  • Sleep and Sickle Cell Disease – An Adult Perspective (July 24, 2021)
  • Sleep and Sickle Cell Disease – Part Three (November 13, 2021)

This project is supported by Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UC38MC28326 and grant title Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening Follow-Up Program. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, visit”

 Sleep and Sickle Cell Disease – A Pediatric Perspective (April 17, 2021)

 Sleep and Sickle Cell Disease – An Adult Perspective  (July 24, 2021)

Sleep and Sickle Cell Disease – Part Three (November 13, 2021)

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