Focus: Behavioural Neuroscience
Thesis Advisor: Kimberly Cote
I Am currently completing my PhD in the Behavioural Neuroscience stream of the graduate program in Psychology. I also completed my Masters degree under the supervision of Dr. Cote in 2004. This work contributed to our understanding of the role of napping in human brain function and performance in both young and older adults. My PhD work is a novel investigation of sleep physiology and waking function in patients who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In general, I am examining various measures of sleep quality, depth, and efficiency in order to describe the neurophysiological underpinnings of the sleep disruption and daytime fatigue that often characterize individuals who have sustained a TBI.
My future clinical and research interests include: research and treatment of sleep disruption in applied populations, research and treatment of insomnia, neuropsychological assessment, and rehabilitation following TBI.
and Conference Presentations:
Milner, C.E., Cuthbert, B.P., Kertesz, R.S., & Cote, K.A. (2009). Sensory gating impairments in poor sleepers during pre-sleep wakefulness. Neuroreport, 20, 331-336.
Milner, C.E. & Cote, K.A. (2009). Benefits of napping in healthy adults: Impact of nap length, time of day, age, and experience with napping. Journal of Sleep Research, 18, 272-281.
Milner, C.E., & Belicki, K. Assessment and treatment of insomnia in adults: A guide for clinicians. Journal of Counseling & Development, in press.
Milner, C.E., & Cote, K.A. (2007). A dose-response investigation of the benefits of napping in healthy young, middle, and older adult age groups. Sleep & Biological Rhythms, 6, 2-15.
Milner, C.E., Fogel, S.M., & Cote, K.A. (2006). Habitual napping moderates motor performance improvements following a short daytime nap. Biological Psychology, 73 (2), 141-156.