Lois James

Assistant Professor, Washington State University College of Nursing

Areas of Expertise

  • Impact of sleep
  • Circadian disruption
  • Simulation research
  • Use of force

Key Findings

  • Police officers were slower to shoot armed black suspects than armed white suspects. MORE
  • Police officers were less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects. MORE


Lois James, Assistant Professor in the Washington State University College of Nursing, is an expert in sleep deprivation, circadian rhythms, fatigue management, simulation, critical decision-making and implicit bias.

James is a core faculty member in the Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC), where she focuses on the relationship between sleep, health and performance in elite populations such as police officers, combat medics, military personnel, nurses, and top tier athletes. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Council and has received several honors and awards for her work, including the Best Violence Research Award by the American Psychological Association for her study on domestic violence during pregnancy.

She has been published in academic journals including Criminology & Public Policy, Experimental Criminology, the British Journal of Medicine, and Violence and Victims.

James received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University and B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin.