Research – Malow

Rett Syndrome Program
Beth Malow, M.D., M.S.

Understanding and treating sleep disorders in Rest syndrome and other neurodevelopment disorders

The focus of Dr. Malow’s research is on treatment trials of sleep in autism, including parent education and trials of supplemental melatonin. She is also the parent of two children on the autism spectrum.

Recently, Dr. Malow launched Spectrum Pathways, an initiative that aims to improve the lives of young adults with ASD who often become socially isolated once they leave high school. It begins with a week of engagement where participants take part in activities that range from visiting an art museum to navigating public transit. The immersion week is followed by 3 months of weekly, individualized coaching sessions by phone.

Dr. Malow has authored the following Vanderbilt Kennedy Center resources for families, which can be downloaded:

  • Strategies to Improve Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Parent’s Guide [View pdf]
  • Sleep Strategies for Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder [View pdf]
  • Dr. Malow is co-author of a book, Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Frazzled Families [View News Article]

Visit the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Sleep in Autism website at: