Dr. Jade Wu is a sleep psychologist, clinical scientist, and host of the award-winning Savvy Psychologist podcast. She earned her PhD from Boston University and completed her clinical training at Duke University School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on treating sleep disorders in those with chronic illness.

Dr. Wu is a frequent guest on popular radio and podcast shows like NPR, and her work is featured in publications like New York Times and Huffington Post. She likes to sleep, walk, paint, and hang out with animals.


1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

2 dogs, 5 chickens

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Yes, but it’s all my partner’s marine biology stuff, like a shark jaw

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

Mandarin Chinese

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?


9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?


10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

New Zealand

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

To turn back time

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Michelle Obama’s autobiography “Becoming”–listen to the audiobook if possible, because it’s narrated by Michelle Obama herself and her voice is so soothing it will make you weep

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

sleep, play with my baby and dogs, read, sleep, hike somewhere

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Strangely, I can’t think of a single thing (unless we’re counting people/animals, then there’s quite a few).

15 What beverage gives you life?

green tea by the gallons

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Immortal Poems

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?


18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Insatiable curiosity and intellectual restlessness

19 What got you excited in science?

My father is a scientist, and as a little kid, I was always impressed by how big his books were

20 What excites you about science now?

That moment when you press “enter” on your statistical analysis code and you’re poised on the edge of getting the answers you’ve been waiting for.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

I don’t feel guilty about any of my pleasures!

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I’m a decent painter

23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

The Captain’s Verses – collection of poems by Pablo Neruda

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Ask endless questions

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Performing stand-up comedy

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Slow down, you crazy child, you’re so ambitious for a juvenile… Vienna waits for you.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Walk in nature

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Big Pacific – documentary about animal life in the Pacific ocean

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Approximately 300 loose buttons

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

One Hundred Years of Solitude

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Salt and vinegar potato chips

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Summer solstice

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

The platypus. That’s it. Just that the platypus exists.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Baby’s head 2 days after a bath

39 What is your favorite sound?

My 3 month old son’s giggle

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Dogs love me

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

When Boston University hired me, a first generation immigrant and non-native English speaker, to teach college writing

43 What kind of tree would you be?

A pear tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

So many big trees

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I’ve had a speech disorder ever since I could speak. I hide it very well so most people can’t tell, but I still stutter, and sometimes severely.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Dr. Gabriela Nagy, PhD (@DrGabrielaNagy1)