Jo Solet

jo solet 2Dr Jo Solet M.S., Ed.M., Ph.D. is assistant Clinical Professor in Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Harvard Medical School, Division of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Solet trained as an OT, educator, and researcher, her initial research and clinical work focused on adaptation to injury, illness, and disability. Recognizing that physical contexts may compromise or enhance functioning, including as mediated by insufficient sleep, Dr. Solet studied the arousal effects of hospital sounds on fully monitored sleeping subjects. She has participated in national efforts to improve hospital design to support patient sleep. Dr. Solet also co-authored a parallel behavioral project studying the effects of changing hospital night-care routines to limit patients’ care-related sleep disruption and improve medical outcomes.


Textbook chapters:

Solet JM. 2002-2013 Chapter 35: Personal and Social Adaptation. In: Trombly C, Radomski M, editors. Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction, 2002 (5th Edition) p. 761-782, 2007 (6th Edition). Chapter 30, and 2013 (7th Edition), Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins.

Solet, J.M., 2014. Chapter 51: Sleep and rest. In B. A. Schell, G. Gillen, M. Scaffa, & E. S. Cohn, eds. Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy. Philladephia: Wolters Kluwer – Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, pp. 714–730. (online preview)


Research Investigations:

Bartick MC, Thai X, Schmidt T, Altaye A, Solet JM.  Decrease in as-needed sedative use by limiting nighttime sleep disruptions from hospital staff.  J Hosp Med 2009; Sep 18.  [PMID: 19768797]

Dang-Vu TT, McKinney SM, Buxton OM, Solet JM, Ellenbogen JM.  Spontaneous brain rhythms predict sleep stability in the face of noise.  Curr Biol 2010; Aug 10, 20(15):R626-7.  doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.06.032

McKinney SM, Dang-Vu TT, Buxton OM, Solet JM, Ellenbogen JM. Covert wakingbrain activity reveals instantaneous sleep depth. PLoS One. 2011 Mar 3;6(3):e17351. [PMID: 21408616]

Buxton OM, Ellenbogen JM, Wang W, Carballeira A, O’Connor S, Cooper D, Gordhandas AJ, McKinney SM, Solet JM. Sleep Disruption Due to Hospital Noises: A Prospective Evaluation.  Ann Intern Med. 2012 Jun 11. [PMID: 22688839]

Marino M, Rueschman MN, Winkelman JW, Ellenbogen JM, Solet JM, Dulin H, Berkman LF, Buxton OM. Measuring sleep: Accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity of wrist actigraphy compared to polysomnography. SLEEP 2013, Vol 36(11):1747-55.


Case Study:

Brendel DH, Florman J, Roberts S, Solet JM.  In sleep I almost never grope: Blindness, neuropsychiatric deficits, and a chaotic upbringing.  Clinical Challenge: Harvard Review of  Psychiatry 2001; 9:178-88.  [PMID: 1141054] (Invited Clinical Expert)



Solet JM, Barach, PR. Managing Alarm Fatigue in Cardiac Care. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. 2012 33:85-90.