The Sleep Research Society is saddened to learn of the passing of Avi Sadeh, DSc.
Professor Avi Sadeh, a pioneer in the field of pediatric sleep and actigraphy, died on September 19, 2016. Dr. Sadeh earned his B.A. and M.A. in psychology at Haifa University (Israel), and his D.Sc. from the School of Medicine, The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University (Providence, RI) before joining the faculty at Tel Aviv University (Israel) in 1992.
Dr. Sadeh was a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in treating infants, children, and families. In addition to teaching and training dozens of graduate students in clinical child psychology, Dr. Sadeh was a leader in the field of pediatric sleep. He authored Sleeping Like a Baby, published by Yale University Press, and published over 130 scientific papers on sleep assessment methods, sleep disorders in infants and children, and on the links between sleep and child development. He was among the first researchers to demonstrate actigraphy as a valid way to estimate sleep-wake patterns. Dr. Sadeh also served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sleep Research, and was on the editorial board for Sleep Medicine Reviews and Sleep, as well as moderated the Pediatric Sleep Listserv for over 20 years.
Anyone who had the good fortune of knowing or working with Dr. Sadeh will remember him as a kind and caring colleague, who was dedicated to his family. He will be missed by all in the sleep community, and we send our deepest condolences to his family, including his wife Yael, his children Adi, Gili, and Roni, and his beloved grandchildren.