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Meet the Host & Guests of ‘Are You Sleeping?’

Introducing the host, experts and guests all helping to uncover the mysteries of sleep.

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Meet the Host: Kate Berlant

Kate Berlant is a successful comedian and actress with appearances in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, and television series including Search Party, Transparent, and I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson. She was named a Just for Laughs “New Face of Comedy” and a Variety “Ten to Watch” and has filmed a one-hour stand-up special directed by Bo Burnham. She will next be seen in the upcoming Amazon series A League of Their Own, as well as the film Don’t Worry Darling, directed by Olivia Wilde.


Meet our Experts

Clinical psychologist, Dr. Shelby Harris

Dr. Shelby Harris

Shelby Harris, PsyD, DBSM is a clinical psychologist and sleep specialist in private practice in New York. She is board certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and treats a wide variety of sleep, anxiety and depression issues using evidence-based, non-medication treatments. Her self-help book, The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia: Get a Good Night’s Sleep Without Relying on Medication was published in 2019. Dr. Harris holds a dual academic appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in both Neurology and Psychiatry. Before going into private practice, she was the longstanding director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Harris has been an invited columnist for the New York Times “Consults Blog,” and is frequently quoted in the media, including the New Yorker and the Washington Post. She has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America and CBS Mornings. Dr. Harris can also be found on Instagram at @SleepDocShelby where she provides evidence-based information about sleep wellness and sleep disorders.

Professor and historian, Benjamin Reiss

Benjamin Reiss

Benjamin Reiss is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Chair of the English department at Emory University. His book, Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World (Basic Books, 2017), explores the tangled histories behind our contemporary, sleep-obsessed society. He is also the author of The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America (Harvard University Press, 2001) and Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2008), and is a co-editor of The Cambridge History of the American Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. While he is asleep, none of this matters to him.

Professor, Neurology, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Dr. Ying-Hui Fu

Dr. Ying-Hui Fu

Dr. Ying-Hui Fu is a Professor at University of California, San Francisco. Her research now involves using a combination of Human Genetics, Molecular Cellular Biology, and Systems Neuroscience approaches to help us understand how human sleep timing, duration, and efficiency are regulated with the ultimate goal of helping people extend healthy aging.

Dr. Chris Winter

Dubbed, “The Sleep Whisperer” by Arianna Huffington, Dr. Chris Winter is an internationally renowned sleep expert and one of the pioneers of sleep science as a means towards optimizing human performance. In 2017, Sports Illustrated called his work with optimizing sleep in athletes, “The Best Secret Weapon In Sports.” New York Magazine lauded his first book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How To Fix It as the best book on insomnia.

“Sleep Whisperer” & Neurologist, Chris Winter

Dr. Winter has advised over 30 professional sports organizations in all major leagues on how to improve their performance through sleep optimization. Additionally, he has worked with members of our country’s most elite military organizations. He is a consultant and speaker for numerous media outlets, pharmaceutical companies, and is currently the sleep advisor for Sleep.com.

Dr. Winter is an alumnus of Emory University’s School of Medicine and a former chief resident of the University of Virginia’s Department of Neurology. He recently released his second book, The Rested Child: Why Your Tired, Wired, or Irritable Child May Have a Sleep Disorder- And How To Help.


Meet our Guests

Short Sleep Gene Sister, Jane Evans

Jane Evans

Jane Evans is the 2nd of six siblings who are known, or suspected of being, short sleepers. She is a wife of one, a mother of three and a grandmother of five, and she has spent most of her life living in eastern Pennsylvania.

Jane is certified in Chemistry and General Science and taught secondary science for 40 years. Subjects included: Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Life, Earth/Space, General, Advanced Physical and Environmental Sciences, GLOBE Studies, Forensics and Graduation Project. Her real love was curriculum development, and she was a firm believer in “Hands-on” science. When students in her school expressed an interest in Forensics and no suitable textbooks were available, she put together her own course which required the students to be in the lab 95% of the time.

Jane held various offices in the Mid Valley Elementary PTA and PTSA and was PA State chairperson for TV and Electronic Media Awareness. While employed, her professional activities included Science Department Chairperson, District Graduation Project coordinator, Secretary and then President of the Mid Valley Education Association and Advisor/Judge/Treasurer of Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, Region II. She was, and still is, a PIAA Track and Field Official.

As a teacher, Jane received several grants/awards including a Toyota TAPESTRY grant (to have students collect data at the Lackawanna River), A Skills in Scranton grant (to begin paper recycling in the high school), a Sam’s Club Environmental Education Grant (to study a stream near school property) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education Environment and Ecology Exemplary Gold Award (for coordinating a K-12 curriculum in Environmental Science). She received a Teacher of the Year Award, was a book reviewer for SB&F (Science Books and Films) and has published in Science Scope, From Our Corner of the GLOBE, Leveline and PTA in Pennsylvania.

Jane is very active in her church. She has taught Sunday School, been a member of the vestry and is presently Treasurer. She also publishes their monthly newsletter. She spends her spare time gardening, taking care of her lawn and koi pond, walking, bicycling, reading, and is addicted to Killer sudoku, Hidden Object games and Jigsaw puzzles. She also loves to travel and is delighted that she has never experienced jet lag even when traveling to California, China, Spain or South Africa.

Short Sleep Gene Sister, Joanne Osmond

Joanne Osmond

Joanne Osmond is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, educator, and innovator. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and continued her education earning an MBA and a master’s in information systems. Joanne has five children and six grandchildren spread across the world. Only her oldest daughter with Down Syndrome continues to live with her. Her husband of 52 years died in 2019.

Joanne is a certified business development advisor and online instructor for Brigham Young University – Idaho. As a Small Business course designer, she created a series of online courses used nationally by Small Business Development Centers. Based on her corporate and entrepreneurial experiences, Joanne continues to develop strategic planning tools and processes for small businesses.

Since 1991, Joanne has served the students and community of Lake Villa Elementary District 41 and the special needs students who attend SEDOL (Special Education District of Lake County.) For twenty-five years, Joanne served the Illinois Association of School Boards in various leadership positions including president from 2017-2019.

Joanne serves on the local Chamber of Commerce Board, serves on a township scholarship committee, and serves on the NEIC Advisor Board supporting underserved youth in Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America.)

Sleeping In Cars, Kameron Schmid

Kameron Schmid

Kameron Schmid is a news and sports broadcast producer living in Sacramento, CA. He also performs and writes comedy when he can afford it. In 2018 he shared his story of the two years he spent homeless and secretly living in his car with his college newspaper, The State Hornet. You can find Kameron on Twitter @kameronschmid

Writer and Lucid-Dreamer, Brian Badgette

Brian Badgette

Since an early age I have always had a love and passion for illustrations, film and dreams. Whether it be teaching myself how to create storyboards to making comics or writing scripts, I’ve spent most of my life dedicated to storytelling. I decided that the best way to combine all of these things was by making a motion graphic comic book web series I call “Lucidity”. It’s a story about lucid dreaming (the ability to know you’re dreaming while dreaming) and how we can use it to not only do cool things like fly but also face our deepest fears and traumas. Lucidity is 15 years in the making and I’m beyond excited to share it with the world. I hope it inspires those who view it and encourages them to not only practice lucid dreaming but also face their fears.

Composer, Amy Scurria

Amy Scurria

Amy Scurria is an award-winning composer of operas, orchestral, choral, chamber, and solo works. Scurria is the recipient of several commissions including from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. She is the recipient of the Duke University Evan Frankel Fellowship, the Duke University Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Award, the Duke University Summer Research Fellowship, Honorary Membership to Sigma Alpha Iota, several ASCAP Plus Awards, the Haddonfield Young Composers’ Award, and several other awards and honors. Her music is published by Theodore Presser Company and by her own company, Adamo Press.

The press has said she writes with a “powerful, musically poetic language” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), “her artistic personality is quite mature” … and “a tremendous technique infuses the music, but Scurria never uses it to cover up a paucity of ideas. She’s an honest workman – the real goods.” She is a “young composer with something to say” (Classical Net).

Securing her first commission by age 19 and her first orchestral premiere by 24, Scurria has had performances throughout the United States, England, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, France, China, and Japan. Her degrees include a PhD and masters in music composition from Duke University, a bachelors in music composition from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, a masters in music composition from the Peabody Conservatory, composition studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and study at La Schola Cantorum (currently named the EAMA) in Paris, France.

Scurria has recently completed her second full-length opera based on Alice in Wonderland (Alice, An Operatic Adventure) in collaboration with Soprano, Producer, and Librettist Kelly Balmaceda, and Zane Corriher, librettist.

Scurria believes that “Music is a powerful and unusual language that, when spoken authentically, can reach the deepest part of the human spirit.”

Creative Dream Work Instructor, Kim Gillingham

Kim Gillingham

Kim Gillingham coaches professional artists of all disciplines towards the creation of more authentic work. Kim is grateful to have studied extensively with acting teacher Sandra Seacat who pioneered the work of bringing dreamwork and acting work together. An avid interest in working with dreams drew Kim into in depth study of Jung and eventually lead her to the work of preeminent Jungian analyst Marion Woodman. Kim was trained by Marion Woodman in her Body Soul Rhythms Training Program with final teacher training group of its original founders— Marion Woodman, Ann Skinner and Mary Hamilton. This work has been foundational for Creative Dreamwork. Bringing this work back to the creative fields, Kim continues to coach actors, directors, writers, musicians, activists — creators of all kinds.

Long-Haul Driver, Antoinette McIntosh

Antoinette McIntosh

Antoinette McIntosh is a trucker/owner operator and has been driving for 15 years. She is also known on TikTok and Instagram as @NYTRUCKINGPRINCESS. For Antoinette, sleep has always been more non-traditional than most, which is why she decided to participate in this project. She has worked nights for most of her life, but being that trucking is a 24/7/365 business, she is always having to adjust her sleep schedule. Some days, she’ll sleep days and drive nights (which she prefers), while others, it’s reversed. Antoinette says to sleep in different places nightly also can be a little weird to most people. When she is not in her truck, she enjoys traveling both internationally and domestically, watching her NY Giants and Yankees, all kinds of live music, museums, and even the occasional bungee jumping. She says she is definitely a free spirit.

2018 US Olympic Silver Medalist, Lauren Gibbs

Lauren Gibbs

Lauren is a 2018 US Olympic silver medalist in the sport of bobsled. She accomplished this goal just three and half years after leaving a successful career in corporate sales management in 2014. She earned an undergraduate degree from Brown University in Entrepreneurship and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University, and through public speaking has found a way to satisfy her passion for corporate level coaching, training and consulting, while continuing to train for her athletic career. After the 2018 Winter Olympics, Lauren was invited to give a TEDx talk where she discussed navigating the complexities of goal setting and taking calculated risks to live a life of fulfillment. Fortune 500 companies, universities, business symposiums, direct sales organizations, in a variety of industries have retained Lauren to speak about parallels of achieving success in business and elite level athletics, leadership, handling adversity in high pressure situations and pathways of improving organizational culture.

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