Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Faculty Profiles
Kristen L Knutson, PhD

Kristen L Knutson, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology (Sleep Medicine), Preventive Medicine and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Focus of Work


My research focuses on the association between sleep, circadian rhythms and cardiometabolic diseases, including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. I focus on “real world” assessments of habitual sleep patterns and perform detailed clinical measures of biomarkers of disease risk. In addition, my research examines whether sleep and circadian rhythms partially mediate socioeconomic and/or racial/ethnic health disparities.

Education and Certification

  • PhD: State University of New York (SUNY), Anthropology (2004)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Chicago, Endocrinology (2006)