Dr. Dautovich is an Assistant Professor within the Counseling Psychology Program, in the Psychology Department. She is originally from Canada where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Alberta. She then completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, she was mentored in the Sleep Research Lab by Christina McCrae, Ph.D, C.BSM. Through this experience, she developed a background in cognitive-behavioral interventions for insomnia. This training led to the development of her dissertation research examining the role of regularity in behavioral circadian rhythms in predicting sleep outcomes across the adult lifespan. Following her doctorate, she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship focused on aging and mental health disparities at the University of South Florida, under the mentorship of Amber Gum, Ph.D. Dr. Dautovich comes to VCU from the University of Alabama where she served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and an Emerging Gerontological Research Scholar in the Alabama Research Institute on Aging. Related to her interests in sleep health, Dr. Dautovich also serves as the Environmental Fellow for the National Sleep Foundation.
Dr. Dautovich’s research mission is to broaden the understanding of sleep to include the larger socioecological context with the objective of actively promoting sleep health. Her research focuses on populations vulnerable to sleep disparities including women during the post-partum period and menopause, older adults, racial and ethnic minorities, and first responders.
Dr. Dautovich is enjoys living in Richmond with her husband David, her sons Thomas and David, and her two very energetic Italian Greyhounds, Tika and Pip.