Galit Levi Dunietz, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan, Department of Neurology and Division of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Dunietz holds graduate degrees in statistics and epidemiology. After completing a fellowship in sleep epidemiology within the U-M Division of Sleep Medicine, she joined the faculty. Her population-based sleep research utilizes a wide array of data sources and analytic methodology through institutional, national and international collaborations.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Dunietz’s research interests lie at the intersections of sleep medicine, epidemiology and women’s health. In particular, she examines the impact of sleep disturbances on cardiometabolic, reproductive and maternal-infant morbidities. In addition, she studies pathways between poor sleep and adverse health across the life span. Beyond her research, Dr. Dunietz is passionate about sleep health education among adolescents as well as health and education equity.
Honors & Awards
Outstanding Early Investigator Award 2022
Dr. Galit Levi Dunietz received the Outstanding Early Investigator Award from the Sleep Research Society. This award recognizes her 2021 paper, “Obstructive sleep apnea treatment and dementia risk in older adults” published in SLEEP. The award will be presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, to be held this June in Charlotte, North Carolina
Advances in sleep research in 2021 have brought about clinical developments for the next decade.
Principal investigators Tiffany Braley MD, MS and Galit Levi Dunietz PhD, MPH were recently awarded $1.4M in new R01 funding by the National Institute on Aging to study unexplored pathways between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), OSA treatment, and dementia risk in older women and men.
People with obstructive sleep apnea who treat their apnea with the commonly-prescribed positive airway pressure therapy were less likely to be diagnosed with dementia.
Research finds that more than half of Medicare beneficiaries have a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea, but few have been assessed for the sleep disorder.
Medical School or Training
- MA, Columbia University, Department of Statistics, NY, Statistics, 1999
- MPH, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, MI, Epidemiology, 2011
- PhD, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, MI, Epidemiology, 2015
- University of Michigan, Department of Neurology, Division of Sleep Medicine, 2018