Karen Bonuck conducts research on pediatric sleep and parent-child interventions. Currently, she is the lead investigator for an NIH-funded study, “Increasing Sleep Health Literacy in Head Start: A Social-Ecological Approach.” This study aims to empower families in early childhood programs with the knowledge and self-management skills needed to obtain healthy sleep via interpersonal, organizational, community, and policy level interventions. A stepped wedge cluster randomized trial in Head Start will test effects upon child, parent, and classroom outcomes; a policy evaluation will assess the impact of knowledge translation strategies. She is also the co-primary investigator for a study, Obesity and Caries in Young South Asian Children: Common Risk Factor Approach.”
Dr. Bonuck is director of the University Center of Excellence at Montefiore Rose F. Kennedy Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (RFK CERC). There, she fosters research, writes grants, and represents the UCEDD at local, state, and national meetings. She wrote and oversaw the UCEDD grant implementation, leading a collaboration with Fordham Law School, to develop a Medical-Legal Partnership. She also works closely with the CERC Speech-Language Pathology team on research projects.