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June 14, 2021 34 min

On this episode of got Your 6, Tony interviews Ashlee McKeon, a US Army Captain and sleep research scientist at Fort Bragg.

Ashlee McKeon is a US Army captain, scientist, and fitness buff. Ashlee is a sleep research scientist at United States Army Special Operations Command. She is passionate about the role of sleep in the behavior and performance of soldiers and veterans. She is an expert in sleep/wake neurophysiology and cognitive and behavioral neuroscience.

She mostly writes scientific articles and produces internal reports/policy recommendations for military leaders about how mission performance and well-being in the military operational context. Ashlee focuses much of her work on combat exposed service members and veterans with or at risk for PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

On top of being a U.S Army Officer as a researcher and scientist, and she is an athlete and a CrossFit enthusiast. She has authored several journal articles discussing individual and synergistic contributions of both sleep and wake neurophysiology to impaired behavioral performance, such as attentional problems, memory deficits, and disinhibition.

She received her bachelor of philosophy in honors psychology, with minors in applied statistics and neuroscience degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. She obtained her master’s degree in health and rehabilitation science with a certificate in rehabilitative assistive technology and her doctorate degree in rehabilitation science from the same university. Before working at WRAIR in September 2017, she was a postdoctoral scholar with the Military Sleep Tactics & Resilience Research Team (M-STARRT) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


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