James McKenna, Ph.D.

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James McKenna, Ph.D.


Dr. James J. McKenna is a professor of Anthropology and Director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. He also serves on the Health Advisory Board of La Leche League International. He has served on the Executive Committees of the American Anthropological Association and Society For Medical Anthropology and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He lectures nationally and abroad on the importance of re-conceptualizing what constitutes healthy childhood sleep, and along with his undergraduate students, continues to study family sleeping arrangements and the importance of breast feeding in promoting the health of mothers and infants.

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