Kyla L. Wahlstrom

Kyla L. Wahlstrom
Job Title: 
Senior Research Fellow
College of Education and Human Development

Areas of Expertise

  • School leadership
  • Educational reform policies
  • Later school start times
  • Teens and sleep
  • Teacher professional development

Notable Achievements

  • Co-lead investigator on the largest national study to examine the link between student achievement and leadership behaviors of school principals and district superintendents
  • Leading national expert on the effects of later high school start times on academic and health outcomes for teenagers
  • Lead researcher on six-year study of long-term outcomes for children who participated in all-day kindergarten (used to inform the Minnesota Legislature)
  • Held first national conference on Teens and Sleep, convening researchers on: sleep and learning, depression and sleep, health risks for sleepy teens, sleep and technology use, sleepy teens and drowsy driving, and biology of teenage sleep patterns.