Shelley Hershner, MD

Shelley Hershner, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology.  Her research focuses on disordered sleep among college students and how poor sleep impacts academic performance, mood, and learning of college students. 

She has developed several educational interventions which promote healthy sleep to college students, including to “Sleep to Stay Awake”, a free online educational resource.   A manuscript is currently  under submission.  Dr. Hershner is to present data from this study at the Associated Profession Sleep Society and the American College Health Association in 2016.  Dr. Hershner is piloting a sleep education program, Sleep to Learn, through the University of Michigan Living Learning Communities in the fall of 2016.  She has an innovative clinic, the Collegiate Sleep Disorder Clinic that has expedited evaluations for college students struggling with sleep issues.

Dr. Hershner has collaborative work with anesthesiology looking at the perioperative management of obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy.  She is currently working with the Narcolepsy Network to determine the impact that the diagnosis of narcolepsy has on perioperative complications and access to surgery.  This information will also help to create a Perioperative Management of Narcolepsy Guideline.    

  1. Hershner SD, Chervin RD.  Causes and consequences of sleepiness among college students.  Nat Sci Sleep 2014;6:73-84.  PMCID:  PMC4075951
  2. Krahn LE, Hershner SD, Loeding LD, Maski KP, Rifkin DI, Selim B, Watson NF. Quality measures for the care of patients with narcolepsy. J Clin Sleep Med 2015;11:335-355.
  3. Hershner SD.  Is sleep a luxury college students cannot afford?  Sleep Health 2015;1:13-14. 
  4. Kim E, Hershner SD, Strecher V.  Purpose in life and incidence of sleep disturbances.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine.