Dr. Judith Owens is Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally-recognized authority on pediatric sleep and the author of over 150 original research and review articles in peer-review journals, chapters, and books on the topic. Her particular research interests are in the neurobehavioral and health consequences of sleep problems in children and adolescents, sleep health education, and cultural and psychosocial issues impacting on sleep. She was the lead author of the 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement supporting healthy school start times.
Dr. Owens received the AASM Excellence in Education Award in 2006 and the AASM Mark. O. Hatfield Public Policy Advocacy Award in 2012. She is currently on the Governing Council of the World Association of Sleep Medicine and on the Board of Directors of the International Pediatric Sleep Association; she is the Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Previously, Dr. Owens was the Director of Sleep Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC (2010-15) and Director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic and the Learning, Attention, and Behavior Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown and a Master’s in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota. She completed pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and fellowships in Behavioral Pediatrics at Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center and in Child Psychiatry at Brown University. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Sleep Medicine.