Dr. Victoria M. Pak completed her undergraduate, graduate (MS, MTR), and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. She conducted post-doctoral research in Sleep Medicine and was funded by an NIH K99/R00 at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at Perelman School of Medicine. Prior to joining Emory, she was a tenure-track assistant professor at Yale University. Dr. Pak’s overall research is focused on disturbed sleep as a predictor of adverse health outcomes (cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline). She has expertise in sleep medicine, biomarkers, and translational research. Her work has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Obesity-Nature (London), Sleep Medicine Reviews, and SLEEP.

She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the research committee, co-coordinator of the undergraduate Honors program, an advisory board member for the Emory University Sleep Consortium, and lead of the Life-course and diverse settings working group.

Areas of Expertise

Sleep Medicine

Translational Research

Occupational and Environmental Health





Pak, V.M.,Maislin, D.G., Keenan, B.T., Townsend, R., Benediksdottir, B., Dunbar, S.,Pack, A.I., Gislason, T., Kuna, S.T. (2021). Sleep and Breathing. Changes in sleepiness and 24-h blood pressure following 4months of CPAP treatment are not mediated by ICAM-1. PMID: 33404963 DOI: 10.1007/s11325-020-02257-0.

Pak,V.M., Butts, B., Hertzberg, V., Collop, N., Quyyumi, A., Cox, J., Rogers, A.,Dunbar S. (2020). Daytime Sleepiness Predicts Inflammation and Ambulatory BloodPressure in Sleep Apnea. ERJ Open Research.  6(4).doi: 10.1183/23120541.00310-2019.

Pak, V.M., Ferranti, E., Duva, I., Owen, M., Dunbar, S.B. (2020).Role of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Improving Diet Quality:Implications for Nurses. 21(2):62-70.

Pak, V.M., Onen, H., Bliwise, D., Kutner, N., Russell, K., Onen,F. (2020). Sleep Disturbances in MCI and AD: Neuroinflammation as a PossibleMediating Pathway. 8;12:69.

Song,G., Pak, V.M. (2020). Understanding the Effects of Prematurity on ClinicalManifestations of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Narrative Literature Review.Journal of Neonatal Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnn.2020.04.001.

Diallo,I. Pak, V.M. (2020). Metabolomics, Sleepiness, and Sleep Duration in SleepApnea. Sleep and Breathing. doi:10.1007/s11325-019-01969-2. PMID 31955318.  

Balthazar,Diallo, Pak, V.M. (2020). Metabolomics of sleep disorders in HIV: a narrativereview. Sleep and Breathing. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11325-019-01993-2.

Pak,V.M., Strouss, L., Yaggi, H., Redeker, N., Mohsenin V., Riegel, B. (2018).Mechanisms of reduced sleepiness symptoms in heart failure and obstructivesleep apnea. Journal of Sleep Research. 2018 Nov 13:e12778.  

Pak, VM., Newton, S. (2018). Choline, Sleep Disturbances, andAlzheimer's Disease. J Aging Res Clin Practice 2018;7:91-99.

Pak, V.M.,Mazzoti, D., Keenan, B., Hirotsu, C., Gehrman, P., Bittencourt L., Pack, A.,Tufik, S. Candidate Gene Analysis in the São Paulo Epidemiologic Sleep Study(EPISONO) Shows an Association of Variant in PDE4D and Sleepiness. (2018).Sleep Medicine. 47, 106-112. PMID: 29783161.

Pak, V.M., Onen, S., Gooneratne, N., Fallisard, B., Onen, F.(2017). Observation and Interview-based Diurnal Sleepiness Inventory formeasurement of sleepiness in older adults. Nature and Science of Sleep: 9,241-247.

Pak, V.M., Dai, F., Keenan, B., Gooneratne, N., Pack, A. (2017).“Lower Plasma Choline Levels are Associated with Sleepiness Symptoms.” SleepMedicine, 44: 89–96.  

Masterson, R., Pak, V.M., Verasse, M., Dinges, D., Wald, J. &Riegel, B. (2016). "Determinants of Behavioral Alertness in Adults withHeart Failure." Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 12(4), 589-96.

Liu, J., Liu, X., Pak, VM., Wang, Y., Yan, C., Pinto-Martin, J.,Dinges, D. (2015). Early Blood Lead Levels and Sleep Disturbance in Preadolescence.Sleep, 1;38(12):1869-74.

Grandner,M., Sands-Lincoln, MR, Pak, VM. & Garland, S. (2013). Sleep duration,cardiovascular disease, and proinflammatory biomarkers. Nature and Science ofSleep. 5, 93-107. PMID: 23901303, PMCID: PMC3724567. DOI: 10.2147/NSS.S31063  

Pak, VM., Keenan, B. Jackson, N., Grandner, M. et al., Pack, A.(2014). Adhesion Molecule Increases in Sleep Apnea: Beneficial Effect ofPositive Airway Pressure and Moderation by Obesity. International Journal ofObesity. Jul 21. 39(3):472-9.

Pak, VM., Grandner, M., Pack, A. (2013). Circulating AdhesionMolecules in Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease. Sleep Medicine Reviews.18(1):25-34.

Grandner, M., Jackson, N., Pak, V.M. &Gehrman, P. (2011) Sleep Disturbance is Associated with Cardiovascular andMetabolic Disorders. Journal of Sleep Research, 21(4), 427-33. PMID: 22151079,PMCID: PMC3703752. DOI: 10.111/j.1365-2869.2011.00990.x.