Dr. Bender is Clinical Program Director of Athlete Services at the Centre for Sleep and Human Performance and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She received her PhD and Master of Science degrees in Experimental Psychology from Washington State University specializing in sleep EEG.
Her current research focuses on optimizing sleep in Canadian Olympic Team athletes and the impact on performance. Her research interests stem from being an athlete herself; she is a Hall of Fame basketball player, has enjoyed some mountaineering, completed an Ironman in 2009, and currently runs after her 3 children who are all 5 and under. She is driven to help high-performers optimize sleep to enhance their well-being and productivity.
Catch her on Twitter @sleep4sport