Sarah Alger, Ph.D.
Dr. Sara E. Alger is currently a Sleep Research Scientist and the Chief of Scientific Planning in the Behavioral Biology Branch at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). She received her doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, conducting research on the role of sleep in memory processing at the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience and Sleep. She then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame in the Sleep, Stress, and Memory Lab, conducting research on the impact of emotion and aging on sleep and memory. Dr. Alger has been at WRAIR since 2017. Her primary research interest is examining the relationships between sleep, cognition, and emotion regulation and using tactical napping in alternate sleep strategies to intentionally improve performance and health. She is also interested in pursuing advanced methods of monitoring fatigue, predicting performance, and developing interventions to reduce risk to the Warfighter.