Clark J. Lee, JD, MPH, CPH

Clark Lee

Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: Off-Campus

Faculty Advisor: 

Clark's interests focus on the following areas: 

1.) Health in All Public Policies: Using law and public policy tools to address public health and safety issues.

2.) Sleep, Law, and Public Policy: Examining how law and public policy can address the public and occupational health and safety hazards posed by sleep deficiency and fatigue in society; and how sleep science can and should influence law, public policy, public health, and public safety.

3.) Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Management: Incorporating scientific research and scholarship into meaningful public policy and operational plans related to public health emergency preparedness, response, and management.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Clark was a part-time Master of Public Health student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health from 2011 to 2014.  Since the Fall 2014 Term, Clark has been a Writing Fellow for the Graduate School Writing Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Outside of the classroom, Clark consults professionally in the fields of public health and emergency preparedness.  He is also an Associate Member of the Center for Health Outcomes Research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, as well as a member of the Institutional Review Board for the Maryland Department of Health, the Advisory Board for Start School Later, Inc., and the Gamma Zeta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.  His professional memberships include the Sleep Research Society, the American Public Health Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association.  He is a former Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy and is currently a reviewer for several research journals in the areas of public health, sleep and circadian science, and traffic safety.  

Clark is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia and is certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Selected Publications

Scientific Publications and Abstracts

Lee, C. J., & Beck, K. H. (2019).  Mediational impact of perceived risk on drowsy driving intention and
     willingness in university students. Transportation Research Part F, 63, 165-173.  Retrieved from 

Beck, K. H., Lee, C. J., & Weiner, T. (2018).  Motivational Factors Associated with Drowsy Driving Behavior:
     A Qualitative Investigation of College Students.  Sleep Health, 4(1), 116-121.  Retrieved from

Lee, C. J., Geiger-Brown, J., & Beck, K. H. (2016).  Intentions and willingness to drive drowsy among
     university students: An application of an extended theory of planned behavior model.  Accident 
     Analysis & Prevention
93, 113-123.  Retrieved from

Lee, C. J., Geiger-Brown, J., & Beck, K. H.  (2015).  Intention and Willingness to Drive While Drowsy
     Among University Students.  Sleep, 38 (Abstract Supplement), A87-A88.

Lockley, S. W., Cronin, J. W., Evans, E. E., Cade, B. E., Lee, C. J., Landrigan, C. P., . . . Czeisler, C. A.
     (2004).  Effect of Reducing Interns’ Weekly Work Hours on Sleep and Attentional  Failures,
     New England Journal of Medicine, 351(18), 1829-1837.  Retrieved from

Edited Works

Lee, C. J., & Rajaratnam, S. M. W. (2018). Sleep, Law, and Public Policy.  In F. P. Cappuccio, M. A. Miller,
     S. W. Lockley, & S. M. W. Rajaratnam (Eds.),
Sleep, Health, and Society: From Aetiology to Public Health
     (2nd ed., pp. 224-233). Oxford: Oxford University Press.  Retrieved from

Lee, C. J., Jones, C. B., & Rajaratnam, S. M. W. (2017).  Legal Implications of Circadian Rhythm Sleep
     Disorders.  In Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology.  Elsevier.  Retrieved from

Lee, C. J., Sanna, R. A., & Czeisler, C. A. (2013).  Public Policy, Sleep Science, and Sleep Medicine.  In
     C. A. Kushida (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Sleep (Vol. 2, pp. 156-166). Waltham, MA: Academic
     Press.  Retrieved from

Jones, C. B., Lee, C. J., & Rajaratnam, S. M. W. (2013). Legal Implications of Sleep Loss.  In C. A.
     Kushida (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Sleep (Vol. 1, pp. 335-342).  Waltham, MA: Academic
     Press.  Retrieved from

Jones, C. B., Lee, C. J., & Rajaratnam, S. M. W. (2013). Legal Implications of Circadian Rhythm Sleep
     Disorders.  In C. A. Kushida (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Sleep (Vol. 3, pp. 156-162).  Waltham,
     MA: Academic Press.  Retrieved from

Geiger-Brown, J. M., Lee, C. J., & Trinkoff, A. M. (2013).  The Role of Work Schedules in Occupational
     Health and Safety. In R. J. Gatchel & I. Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of Occupational Health
     and Wellness
(pp. 297-322).  Boston, MA: Springer.  Retrieved from

Jones, C. B., Lee, C. J., & Rajaratnam, S. M. W. (2010). Sleep, Law, and Policy.  In F. P. Cappuccio, M.
     A. Miller, & S. W. Lockley (Eds.), Sleep, Health, and Society: From Aetiology to Public Health
     (pp. 417-434). Oxford: Oxford University Press.  Retrieved from

Legal and Policy Publications

Lee, C. J., Nolan, D. M., Lockley, S. W., & Pattison, B. (2017).  Law-based arguments and messages
     to advocate for later school start time policies in the United States.  Sleep Health, 3(6), 486-497. 
     Retrieved from

Lee, C. J. (2016). Sleep: a human rights issue. Sleep Health, 2(1), 6-7.  Retrieved from 

     Commission of the States 2014), available at              

Clark J. Lee, Patrick P. Rose & Earl Stoddard, Enhancing Communication Between Scientists, 
     Government Officials, and the Lay Public: Advancing Science and Protecting the Public’s
     Welfare through Better Multi-Stakeholder Interfacing
, 22(2) ANNALS HEALTH L. 246 (2013),
     available at

Lee, C. J. (2012). Sleepiness, Mental State, and Legal Liability.  Sleep Review13(9), 24-29.  
     Retrieved from

Rose, P. P., Lee, C. J., Sasor, S. E., & Stoddard, E. (2012).  Creating monsters for the greater good of humanity:
     Conflicting interests of science and homeland security. Journal of Emergency Management, 10(2), 83-91. 
     Retrieved from 

Marita Mike, Rebecca Mike & Clark J. Lee, Katrina’s Animal Legacy: The PETS Act, 4 J. ANIMAL L.
     & ETHICS 133 (2011), available at

Lee, C. J. (2011). Addressing emergency response provider fatigue in emergency response
     preparedness, management, policy making, and research.  Journal of Emergency
, 9(5), 19-29.  Retrieved from 

Clark J. Lee, Comment, Federal Regulation of Hospital Resident Work Hours: Enforcement with
     Real Teeth
, 9 J. HEALTH CARE L. & POL’Y 162 (2006), available at (awarded the Burton Award
     for Legal Achievement, June 2006). 

Fun Facts

In college, I was in the same neuroscience class as Natalie Portman. One day, during a lab section, I got to hand her a sheep's brain on a dissection tray. It was a highlight of my undergraduate career.

I have formally studied 9 languages: English, Taiwanese, Mandarin, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Russian.  My proficiency in each varies greatly.