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Daniel Kay

Associate Professor, Psychology

1090 KMBL

Dr. Kay is interested in understanding the mechanisms and functions of sleep. He investigates sleep disturbances in relation to transdiagnostic features of psychiatric disorders across units of analysis, from genes and circuits to self-report and behavior. His sleep research laboratory is currently conducting two major projects that will help answer how sleep can be used to prevent and treat psychiatric disorders such as depression.


Daniel B. Kay, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University who specializes in sleep medicine research. He obtained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Florida in 2013 and completed his postdoctoral training in Translational Sleep Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently licensure in the state of Utah and is in pursuit certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. His current research focuses on uncovering the pathophysiology of insomnia using sleep neuroimaging methods. His goal is to understand the mechanisms linking insomnia to psychiatric disorders.

Research Interests

Somnoimaging, Insomnia, Sleep Valuation, Local Sleep Deprivation, Sleep and Mental Illness

Teaching Interests

Sleep Psychology
History of Psychology
Neurobiology of Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology

Honors and Awards

  • Sleep Research Society Outstanding Early Investigator Award, Sleep Research Society (2018 - Present)


  • Sleep Research Society (2007 - Present)
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2005 - Present)