James McKenna



Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of Anthropology; Director, Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab

  • Infant co-sleeping
  • Breast-feeding
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (sids)
  • Evolution of human behavior
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Human parenting
  • Infancy


McKenna in the News

Wife Calls Her Husband The 'Biggest Disappointment' In Her Life After He Can't Put Their Kids To Bed

According to James McKenna, Ph.D., an anthropologist specializing in infancy and development and director of the mother/baby behavioral sleep laboratory at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, the location in which you sleep is less important when it comes to a baby's development.

The science of healthy baby sleep

Prematurely pushing a baby towards longer, deeper sleep, therefore, can increase SIDS risk, says James McKenna, the founder and director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame and endowed chair in anthropology at Santa Clara University, California.