How and why do we sleep? How does our sleep change across our life span? What are the implications of sleep deprivation on college students and how might that guide our practice? How has technology transformed our understanding of sleep? How do caffeine and alcohol work within the body to affect the quality of sleep? Are pills like melatonin and Ambien effective in providing healthful sleep? What is cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)? What are some tips and strategies to improve the quality of our sleep?

Learn the answers to these questions and more as host Tony Doody interviews Dr. Brad Wolgast (Director of the Center for Counseling and Student Development at the University of Delaware). Please contribute to the conversation by emailing questions before the show to or by tweeting live during the show using the #higheredlive hashtag. We’ll do our best to infuse questions from viewers (with attribution) into the live conversation.


Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Brad Wolgast

Dr. Brad Wolgast has worked in Student Affairs for 20 years as a counseling center psychologist, and is now the Director of the Center for Counseling and Student Development at the University of Delaware. He has been passionate about Sleep Health for decades and is Board Certified in Behavior Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He has presented students, faculty and counseling center staff at the Universities of Colorado -Boulder, Maryland – College Park, Pennsylvania, Penn State -State College, George Mason, Temple, Sewanee, as well as state psychology associations and the Veteran’s Administration. He has been consulted and interviewed for sleep programing on MTV, and NBC and the Associated Press.