Sleep Anxiety Center for Kids

SACK is a clinical research center in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston dedicated to understanding the connections between children’s sleep at night and their behavior and emotions during the day. Our research focuses on helping school-aged kids manage and overcome their anxiety, fears, and sleep-related problems. SACK offers both research opportunities and low-cost clinical services for families based on the latest scientific evidence. We are pleased to offer U.S. military families services at no charge.

News & Events

  • Congratulations to SACK research assistant, Amy Williams, whose research poster titled, Parental Anxiety, Parenting Behaviors, an Sleep Problems in Children with and without Generalized Anxiety Disorder, won the Best Poster Award at UH's Annual Education and Psychology Research Symposium on April 25, 2014! View Photos
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Patriquin whose research poster won the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Special Interest Group's Best Poster Award at the 2014 meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in Nashville, TN. Dr Patriquin's poster was based on study titled, Anticipatory heart rate during a worry task and pre-sleep arousal in children with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
  • Congratulations to SACK graduate student, Katie Reynolds, who was awarded a Lonestar LEND Fellowship for 2013-2014!
  • March, 2013. SACK volunteers assist the Houston Children’s Charity, “A Better Night’s Sleep”, a program that provides children from low-income families with beds and bedding. View Photos.
  • Congratulations to SACK research assistant, Simon Lau, who was awarded a Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) award for the Spring 2013 semester! Simon is working with Dr. Alfano in studying the impact of deployment on military families.
  • SACK students and staff participated in The Houston Walk for Mental Health Awareness on October 20, 2012 at Stude Park. View group pictures.

Military Deployment and Children

SACK Research Focuses on Military Families

Military families are needed to participate in a research study aimed at understanding how deployments affect children and spouses/partners. No in-person visits are required. Contact Jessica at or at 713-743-3400.

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In the News

SACK Director Candice Alfano has been making news. Read the latest article featured in the Houston Chronicle

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