Dr. Okun has over 20 years of experience researching, studying and teaching the importance of healthy sleep. She received her doctoral degree in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver in 2005. She then moved to Pittsburgh, PA for a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship and joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry in 2008. She returned to Colorado in 2014 to join the faculty of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as the Director of Clinical and Biobehavioral Research and continue her research on sleep and pregnancy. Dr. Okun has authored or co-authored over four dozen scientific articles and book chapters.