Jack Peltz

Jack Peltz

Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., Tufts University, Eliot Pearson School of Child Development; Ph.D., University of Rochester


Broadly speaking, my research is in developmental psychopathology, with a specific emphasis on sleep. I am also very interested in the family system and how family dynamics affect individuals' functioning within the family in addition to how individuals affect family functioning.

My current research combines these two areas and is focused on the role of sleep in individual and family functioning. In addition, I am very interested in the implicit attitudes and beliefs that individuals hold regarding their sleep and how these attitudes might influence their sleep-related behaviors. Finally, I am fascinated by quantitative methods (i.e., research methods and statistics) and enjoy learning about novel methodologies and statistical approaches to support my research.


Prior to coming to Daemen, I taught for four years as a visiting professor in the psychology department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In addition, I have taught at the University of Rochester. I began my teaching career, however, as a professional snowboard instructor, but after a couple of years, I returned to an indoor classroom, and taught middle and high school Humanities, French, and (at one point) health for about 8 years.


Supported by a grant from the National Sleep Foundation, I am currently conducting a diary-based study of sleep in adolescents (9-11th graders) and their families. In addition, I received an award from the Society for Research in Child Development to fund my dissertation, which was a year-long study of family dynamics that examined families with toddler-aged children.


Peltz, JS., O’Connor, T. G., Rogge, R. D., Moynihan, J., Wang, H., Lofthus, G., & Caserta, M. (Under review). Longitudinal associations between sleep disturbance and behavioral and emotional symptoms in early adolescence: Moderation by sex and puberty. Journal of Research on Adolescence.


Peltz, JS., Rogge, R. D, Pugach, C.**, & Strang, K.**. (In press). Bidirectional associations between sleep and anxiety symptoms in emerging adults in a residential college setting. Emerging Adulthood.

Peltz, JS., Rogge, R. D., Sturge-Apple, M. L., O’Connor, T. G., Pigeon, W.R. (2016). Reciprocal influences among family processes and toddlers’ sleep problems. Journal of Family Psychology, 30(6), 720-731.

Peltz, J. S. & Rogge, R. D. (2016). The indirect effects of sleep hygiene and environmental factors on depressive symptoms in college students. Sleep Health, 2, 159-166.

Peltz, JS., Rogge, R. D., Rogosch, F. A., Cicchetti, D, & Toth, S. L. (2015). The benefits of child-parent psychotherapy to marital satisfaction. Family, Systems, and Health, 33(4), 372-382. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fsh0000149

Sturge-Apple, M. L., Rogge, R. D. Peltz, J. S., Suor, J. H., & Skibo, M. (2015). Delving beyond conscious attitudes: Validation of an innovative tool for assessing parental implicit attitudes toward physical punishment. Infant and Child Development, 24(3), 240-255.

Sturge-Apple, M. L., Rogge, R. D., Skibo, M., Peltz, J. S., & Suor, J. H. (2015). A dual-process approach to the role of mothers’ implicit and explicit attitudes toward their children in parenting models. Developmental Psychology, 51(3), 289-300.

Toth, S. L., Peltz, JS. (2009). Maternal depression. In R. E. Tremblay, R. G. Barr, R. Peters, & M. Boivin (Eds.).  Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (pp.1-8). 

** Denotes undergraduate student co-author.

Click here to read about new research published in the journal Sleep Health by our newly hired faculty member, Dr. Jack Peltz, who has joined us this year. His research demonstrates the link between adolescent anxiety and depression, and insufficient sleep.