Meet Dr. James B. Maas



Maas MediumDr. James B. Maas, a leading authority and international consultant on sleep and performance, is CEO of Sleep for Success. He has been the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, as well as a professor in the graduate fields of Education and Communication at Cornell University. He has also served a professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He holds the world’s record for university teaching, having taught more than 65,000 students in his 48 years on the Cornell faculty.

Dr. Maas has held a Fulbright Senior Professorship to Sweden, has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and past-president of the American Psychological Association’s Division on Teaching. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell, and is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award for being the nation’s outstanding educator.

Dr. Maas is a noted filmmaker who has produced nine national television specials for PBS in this country, for the BBC in England, the CBC in Canada, and for Dutch, Danish and Swedish National Television. His films for such organizations as the National Geographic Society, General Motors, Exxon, Upjohn, Metropolitan Life, the McArthur Foundation and the United States Department of Transportation have won 44 major film festivals.

Dr. Maas is one of the world’s most sought after corporate, medical, academic, and professional athletic team speakers. He has presented highly acclaimed programs for such organizations as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computers, Kraft Foods, Pepsi Cola, Google, CitiGroup, JP Morgan Chase, ING, USAA, The GAP, Young President’s Organization (YPO), World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), World Business Council (WBC), Mutual Life, Maytag, US Navy, Beyer Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Steelcase, American College of Facial and Plastic Surgeons, American College of Rheumatology, American Urological Association, Urban Land Institute, United States Figure Skating Association, the National Basketball Association, NFL New York Jets, NFL Miami Dolphins, NHL Philadelphia Flyers, NHL Ottawa Senators, NHL Colorado Avalanche, NHL Nashville Predators, USA and Canadian Men’s Olympic hockey teams, Professional Hockey Trainers Association, S. C. Johnson, Equinox Fitness, Nestle, Simmons Company, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham Hotels, Cunard, Crystal and Royal Cruise Lines, MCI/Universal Studios.  Dr. Maas has also presented to scores of prep schools, colleges, and universities, including Cornell, Deerfield, Andover, Hotchkiss, The Hill School, United States Military Academy (West Point), United States Naval Academy, and the Chinese International School in Hong Kong.

Dr. Maas’s book, Power Sleep, published by Random House and HarperCollins, is a New York Times business best-seller and published in 12 languages. His children’s venture, Remmy and the Brain Train, is an award-winning children’s bedtime story designed to help improve daytime alertness, mood and performance. Sleep for Success! co- authored with Rebecca Robbins is a book designed for business executives, students, parents, and seniors. His latest book for athletes, Sleep to Win!, co-authored with Haley Davis, is receiving rave reviews. In the past two years there have been over 200 articles in the popular press about Dr. Maas’s work on sleep and performance. He appears frequently on national television on programs, such as the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The View, Regis & Kelly, and ABC’s 20/20. OPRAH devoted an entire hour to Dr. Maas and his research on sleep and performance.

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Margaret Liederbach
Margaret Liederbach is Vice President of Sleep for Success and Research Director for Maas Presentations. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in economics and pre-medical studies. She has a background working in behavioral health sciences, mental health services, and geriatric care. Margaret is contributing to the forthcoming book "Sleep Made Simple" and plans to continue on to medical school.
Danielle Boehm, RN
Danielle Boehm serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and sleep educator for Maas Presentations. She completed her nursing education at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan and currently works at an assisted living facility. Danielle has been involved in sleep medicine for 4 years and has a specific interest in health and wellness programs and practices.
Christina Cartwright
Christina Cartwright serves as Office Manager and sleep educator for Maas Presentations. She is studying psychology in Fort Worth, Texas with plans to pursue a career in clinical and pastoral counseling.
Haley Davis
Haley Davis is the coauthor of Sleep to Win! and contributes to Maas Presentations as a Research Associate and sleep educator. Haley graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and minor in biology. She currently works in clinical research at Columbia University Medical Center and plans to continue on to medical school.
Lauren Seitz
Lauren Seitz serves as Research Associate and sleep educator for Maas Presentations. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in clinical exercise science. Lauren is now a graduate student in Grand Valley's Physician Assistant Master's program.
Amber Way
Amber Way serves as Associate Sleep Educator for athletes. She is a varsity track and cross-country runner studying social sciences at Michigan State University. As a junior in high school, Amber set the all-time Division III record for the State of Michigan in the 3200m. She participates in sleep research studies on changing circadian rhythms, and speaks on extending sleep for improved athletic and academic performance.
Jack Bowers
Jack Bowers serves as Maas Presentation's Website Designer. Since overhauling the Sleep for Success and Sleep to Win website in 2015, Jack has maintained and continued to develop Maas Presentation's web presence.


Catherine O'Leary, MD, MS, FAWM
Dr. O’leary is a Medical Consultant for Maas Presentations. She received her M.D. and her M.S. in Neurobiology and Anatomy from the University of Rochester in 2015. She graduated with honors from Cornell University in 2010 where she majored in Biological Sciences and enjoyed working as a teaching assistant for Dr. Maas. Dr. O’leary is currently an Emergency Medicine resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and holds a fellowship degree in Wilderness Medicine.
Hayley Hughes, PhD
Hayley Hughes is a Sports Psychology Consultant for Maas Presentations. She earned her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University. She is completing her doctoral internship at the Oklahoma Health Consortium with a primary rotation in Sport Psychology. Hayley's clinical interests include the experiences of collegiate athletes, particularly related to transition, identity, and meaning in life.
Rachel Eklund, RD, CDN
Rachel Eklund is a Dietary Consultant for Maas Presentations. She is a registered dietitian based in New York City. As a student at Cornell, she became involved in sleep medicine research with Dr. Maas and has since contributed to his presentations and publications. Rachel is an avid advocate for nutrition, sleep, and wellness.
Jan Tilley
Jan Tilley, President and CEO of JTA Wellness, is a Nutrition Consultant for Maas Presentations. As a registered dietitian, wellness expert, culinary specialist, Jan is a national leader in nutrition counseling for improved wellness and chronic disease management. Jan holds an MS in Nutrition and has over 20 years of experience in the nutrition industry, including 10 years of private practice working with patients, companies, and business leaders to promote the benefits of wellness. Jan brings insight and common sense to the challenging pursuit of wellness which dramatically impacts our ability to perform at a high level.
Colin Greening
Colin Greening is a Performance Consultant for Maas Presentations. Currently, Colin plays with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization in the National Hockey League. He is highly regarded throughout professional hockey for optimizing athletic potential through a passion and commitment to health, wellness, and fitness. During his eight years as a professional hockey player, Colin has developed a wide knowledge and understanding of sleep and nutrition. Through extensive studies, including research and post-graduate work, Colin has written and spoken on the intersection of sleep and nutrition.