Reut Gruber
Ph.D.

Reut Gruber
 

Bureau: 
E-4131.1, Pavillon Perry

6875 Boulevard LaSalle
Montréal, QC
H4H 1R3


(514) 761-6131 x3476

Fax: 
(514) 762-3858

Champs de recherche: 
Recherche clinique et humaine

Thème de recherche: 
Stress, désordres de l'humeur et de l'impulsivité


Directrice, Laboratoire de l'attention, du comportement et du sommeil, Centre de recherche Douglas
Psychologue, Institut universitaire en santé mentale Douglas
Professeure agrégée, Département de psychiatrie, Université McGill



Attention, comportement et sommeil


A considerable proportion of children and adolescents do not experience adequate sleep. Clinical studies show that poor sleep is implicated in the development and persistence of very prevalent childhood disorders affecting youth health. Dr. Gruber’s work seeks to examine the mechanisms underlying the association between sleep and mental and physical health, and to use the knowledge gained from her research to develop evidence-based interventions to improve youth mental and physical health. Her research focuses on three themes as they relate to pediatric sleep: ADHD, academic performance, and obesity. Additionally, Dr. Gruber translates her research findings into tools for healthcare providers and educators, to promote healthy sleep in children and adolescents by creating evidence-based resources to optimize the care of children with sleep disorders.

1. Sleep and ADHD
The objective of this part of Dr. Gruber’ research program is to characterize the sleep abnormalities of ADHD to explore potential behavioral, circadian, and genetic contributions of such abnormalities and to measure the impact of poor-quality sleep on the daytime functioning of children with ADHD. Using this knowledge, she seeks to develop evidence-based approaches to prevent or treat the daytime problems caused or exacerbated by sleep deprivation in children with ADHD

In terms of knowledge translation, Dr. Gruber has contributed to creating recommendations on clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and evaluation of sleep problems in children with ADHD.

2. Sleep and Academic Performance
The objective of this part of Dr. Gruber’ research program is to is to discover mechanisms underlying the association between sleep and academic performance. Dr. Gruber is investigating the role of sleep in IQ, academic performance and the daily functioning in school of typically developing children.

In terms of knowledge translation, Dr. Gruber and her team have developed the Sleep For Success program. This program is the first school-based intervention that seeks to improve children’s academic performance and overall health by extending their sleep.

3. Sleep and Obesity
The objective of this this this part of Dr. Gruber’ research program is to examine the association between sleep and eating behavior and obesity. Dr. Gruber focuses on investigating psychological moderators of the associations between sleep and eating/obesity, such as self-control.

In terms of knowledge translation, Dr. Gruber has developed Healthy Nights and Healthy Days – a multi-component, school-based intervention for the prevention of childhood obesity that addresses the interplay between sleep and physical activity and sedentary behavior.

Sleep Education and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practice
Dr. Gruber has developed a comprehensive framework for sleep promotion and prevention programs for psychologists, pediatricians, and schools professionals.
In addition to her two school-based programs, Dr. Gruber has produced the following translational tools:
“Sleep Squad: The Movie” http://www.ces4health.info/find-products/view-product.aspx?code=TW4XNZ6C
“Sleep and School” Brochure. Available here:
http://www.canadiansleepsociety.com/pdf/brochure/children_EN.pdf; http://www.canadiansleepsociety.com/pdf/brochure/enfants_FR.pdf
Position Statement on Pediatric Sleep. Available here: http://www.cacap-acpea.org/uploads/documents/cacap_sept_2014_pediatric_s...


Sleep and ADHD
1. Santisteban JA*, Stein MA, Bergmame L+, Gruber R**. (2014) Effect of Extended-Release Dexmethylphenidate and Mixed Amphetamine Salts on Sleep: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Crossover Study in Youth with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. CNS Drugs, 28(9), 825-833.

2. Gruber R, Fontil L, Bergmame L, Wiebe S, Amsel R, Frenette S, & Carrier J (2012). Contributions of circadian tendencies and behavioural problems to sleep onset problems of children with ADHD. BMC Psychiatry, 12, 212.

3. Gruber, R**., *Tong, E., Frenette S., Robert, M., Vannasinh, P., & Carrier J. (2009). Sleep disturbances in prepubertal children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A home polysomnography study. Sleep, 32, 343-350

4. Gruber R, Sadeh A, & Raviv A (2000). Instability of sleep patterns in children with ADHD. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 39, 495-501.

Sleep and Academic performance and daytime functioning
1. Gruber R**., Somerville G., Enros P., Paquin S+., Kestler M., Gillies-Poitras E. (2014). Sleep Efficiency (but not sleep duration) of Healthy School-Age Children Is Associated With Grades In Math and Languages. Sleep Medicine, 15, 1517-1525.

2. Gruber, R**., Wise, M., Frenette, S., Knauper, B., +Boom, A., +Fontil, L., Carrier, J. (2013). The Association Between Sleep Spindles and IQ in Healthy School-Age Children. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89(2), 229-240.

3. Gruber R ** & Cassoff J*. (2014). The Interplay Between Sleep And Emotion Regulation: Conceptual Framework, Empirical Evidence And Future Directions. Current Psychiatry Reports, 16(11), 500.

4. Gruber, R**., *Cassoff, J., Frenette, S., *Wiebe, S., & Carrier, J. (2012). The impact of sleep extension and restriction on children’s emotional lability and impulsivity. Pediatrics, 130, e1155-e1161.

Sleep and obesity
1. Burt J, Dube L, Thibault L, Gruber R (2014). Sleep and eating in childhood: A potential behavioral mechanism underlying the relationship between poor sleep and obesity. Sleep Medicine, 15, 71-75.
2. Gruber R, Somerville G (2015) Preliminary results from a multicomponent school-based program. Sleep, 38A, 393.
3. Gruber R, Somerville G (2015). The association between sleep hygiene and body mass index (BMI) in typically developing children. Sleep, 38A, 392-393.

Dissemination and knowledge translation products
1. Gruber, R**., Weiss, S., Frappier, J.-Y., Rourke, L., Brouillette, R., Carrey, N., Wise, M. S. (2014). Position statement on pediatric sleep for psychiatrists. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 23(3), 174-195.

2. Gruber R, Cassoff J, & Knauper B (2011). Sleep health education in pediatric community settings: rationale and practical suggestions for incorporating healthy sleep education in pediatric practice. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 58, 735-754.

3. Gruber R, Stadnyk J, Kestler M, Angelus D, Bergmame L, Enros P, Fontil L, Gillies-Poitras E, Monette C, & Somerville G (2012). Sleep Squad: The Movie. CES4Health.info, 2012.

Complete list of publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/reut.gruber.1/bibliography/4749....


Reut Gruber, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist and pediatric sleep expert. Her research at the Attention, Behaviour and Sleep Laboratory is focused on investigating the association between sleep and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), academic performance, and obesity. Dr. Gruber seeks to use the knowledge gained from her research to create evidence-based tools for pediatricians, psychologists, and schools to promote children's sleep health. She has also created the first school-based programs aimed at improving children's physical and mental health and academic performance by extending their sleep.

Dr. Gruber is actively involved in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students at McGill University interested in conducting research in the field of pediatric sleep.

Dr. Gruber’s research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation, and Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ). She is also the recipient of several FRSQ and CIHR career awards.


Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) Bourse de carrière (Senior), 2014-2017

Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public or Community Service, Canada, 2012

Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) Bourse de carrière (Junior 2), 2012-2014

Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC), Bourse salariale de nouveau chercheur, 2007-2012


Research Assistants:
Soukaina Paquin, BSc
Jessica Safarian, MA
Chloe Lappin, BSc

Graduate Students:
Robyn Irving
Rackeb Tesfaye
Arturo Santisteban
Jamie Cassoff


Dans les nouvelles

Dr. Gruber has made more than 200 appearances in media outlets around the wold including CNN, New York Time, Huffington Post, Sirius XM Radio, Time, Fox News, Globe and Mail, CTV in which she presented the results from our innovative work and advocated the importance of sleep to children’s health to the public.


  1. BBC News, UK, article entitled “Does an extra hour of sleep matter?” January 5, 2019. (http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190104-does-an-extra-hour-of-sleep-matter)
  2. How an early bedtime can have lasting effects on kids. CNN Health January 6 2018. https://majornews.us/archives/9783
  3. Huffington Post, article entitled “Just 20 More Minutes of Sleep Could Boost Your Kids’ Grades”. April 12th, 2016 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/more-sleep-boosted-kids-grades_us_570c2362e4b014223249fbfa).
  4. The New York Times, article entitled “Helping Our School Age Children Sleep Better”. July 25th, 2016 (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/helping-our-school-age-children-sleep-better/?_r=0).
  5. CNN News, article entitled “How an early bedtime can have lasting effects on kids”. September 5th, 2016 (http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/05/health/bedtime-children-health-benefits/index.html).
  6. The Daily Times, article entitled: “Sleep quality affects kid’s academic performance,” January 9, 2015.  (http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/entertainment/09-Jan-2015/sleep-quality-affects-kid-s-academic-performance)
  7. Sirius XM Radio: Doctor Radio, Sleep in children, February 27, 2015.

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