Joseph Dzierzewski, PhD

Joseph Dzierzewski, PhD

Vice President, Research and Scientific Affairs

Dr. Dzierzewski is the Vice President of Research & Scientific Affairs at the National Sleep Foundation. In this role, he is charged with leading NSF’s scientific platform, which includes overseeing the development of NSF’s sleep health guidelines and sleep health research activities.

He also serves as an NSF sleep expert for media and industry partnerships and engages in national advocacy efforts. Dr. Dzierzewski was previously a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University where he served as the Concentration Director for the Behavioral Medicine Program. He is both a well-funded (over $6 million in total research support) and widely-published investigator, with over 300 publications (more than 175 conference presentations and over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters). A 2023 peer-reviewed publication (Liu et al., 2023) reported that Dr. Dzierzewski is the most published author in the area of sleep in older adults. He has served on numerous Scientific Review Committees for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and National Institutes of Health, as well as serving as an Associate Editor for several academic journals. 

Dr. Dzierzewski believes in the importance of translating science to the public, healthcare professionals, and policymakers to engender positive change in the world. Towards this goal, Dr. Dzierzewski has been featured in numerous popular national, regional, and local news outlets, podcasts, and has presented to several legislative bodies. 

Dr. Dzierzewski’s educational background is in Clinical Health Psychology, focusing on behavioral sleep medicine, and he maintains an active clinical license.