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Christine W. St. Laurent

Assistant Professor

Assessment of outcomes for behavioral interventions, sleep monitoring, evaluation of health biomarkers and monitors, novel exercise testing (in pediatric populations)

Current Research

Dr. St. Laurent's research focuses on the interactions of movement behaviors and sleep on physical, social-emotional, and cognitive health during the developmental years. Her research approaches include 1) observational studies to identify associations of time-use patterns and daily activity profiles on brain and physical health outcomes, 2) experimental studies to explore acute effects of altered time-use patterns or behaviors on cognitive and psycho-social measures, and 3) the design and implementation of behavior change and policy intervention studies delivered in school and childcare settings. Integral to this work is exploring biometric ambulatory monitors that capture a range of movement behaviors across childhood groups in translational settings.

Currently, Dr. St. Laurent's active projects seek to address the following aims in preschool children: 1) determine what happens to sleep quality and cognitive performance when a child is more active throughout the day, 2) contribute to international surveillance data on physical activity, sedentary behavior, sleep, and cognitive/motor development, and 3) determine what home and family child care providers know about children's sleep and physical activity, what they currently do with the children in their care, and what challenges and barriers are present for them in relation to these behaviors.

Learn more at https://www.umass.edu/public-health-sciences/about/directory/christine-st-laurent

Learn more at https://www.mooveandsnoozelab.com/

Academic Background

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2019-2023, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • PhD, 2019, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Kinesiology
  • MPH, 2019, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Epidemiology
  • MS, 2005, James Madison University, Kinesiology
  • BS, 2003, James Madison University, Kinesiology
Wagner, KA, St Laurent CW, Pekow, P, Marcus, B, Rosal, MC, Braun, B, Manson, JE, Whitcomb, BW, Sievert, LL, and Chasan-Taber, L (2023). The impact of a lifestyle intervention on postpartum cardiometabolic risk factors among Hispanic women with abnormal glucose tolerance during pregnancy: secondary analysis of a randomized trial. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Ahead of print.
St. Laurent, CW, Rasmussen, C, Holmes, JF, Cremone, A, Kurdziel, LBF, Desrochers, PC., and Spencer, RMC (2023). Associations of activity, sedentary, and sleep behaviors with cognitive and social-emotional health in early childhood: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Activity, Sedentary and Sleep Behaviors, 2(7).
St. Laurent, CW, Lokhandwala, S, Allard, T, Ji, A, Riggins, T, and Spencer, RMC. (2022). Influence of naps on sedentary time and physical activity in early childhood. Scientific Reports, 12(1):1-11.
St. Laurent, CW, Holmes, JF, and Spencer, RMC. (2022). Temporal associations between actigraphy-measured daytime movement behaviors and daytime sleep in early childhood: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(15308).
St. Laurent CW, Andre C, Holmes JF, Fields ND, Spencer RMC. (2022). Temporal relationships between device-derived sedentary behavior, physical activity, and sleep in early childhood. Sleep, 45(4):1–11.
St. Laurent, CW, Burkart, S, Rodheim, K, Marcotte, R, and Spencer, RMC. (2020). Cross-sectional associations of 24-hour sedentary time, physical activity, and sleep duration compositions with sleep quality and habits in preschoolers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(7148).
Contact Info

Totman Building Room 6
30 Eastman Lane
Amherst, MA 01003-9292

Email: cstlaurent@umass.edu