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Judith Anne Owens, M.D., MPH
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Dr. Judith Owens is Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (pending). She is an internationally-recognized authority on pediatric sleep, and the author of more than 150 original research and review articles in peer-review journals, chapters, and books on the topic. Her particular research interests focus on the neurobehavioral and health consequences of sleep problems in children, pharmacologic treatment of pediatric sleep disorders, sleep health education, and cultural and psychosocial issues impacting on sleep.

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 Board of Directors of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine; she is also on the Governing Council of the World Association of Sleep Medicine and 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.

Entries by Judith Anne Owens, M.D., MPH

Sleep-Starved: The Obesity and Sleep Connection

(6) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 11:48 AM

We all know as adults what it takes to lose weight and as parents how to prevent our children from packing on unhealthy pounds in the first place: diet and exercise are the two pillars of any weight-reduction/obesity prevention program. But what if there was a third approach we have...

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What We Know (And Don't Know) About Melatonin's Effects On Kids

(18) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 4:48 PM

In increasing numbers, parents around the country are turning to over-the-counter melatonin in hopes that the drug will help their kids sleep better. But how effective -- and how safe -- is it? Science doesn't yet point to clear answers. Here's where we stand.

What we do know is that...

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Sleep Guidance for Kids and Teens Is Based on Sound Science

(5) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 9:31 AM

Representing scores of scientists who study sleep's role in the health and welfare of children, we need to be clear: Current expert recommendations for the sleep needs of children may not be perfect or immutable, but they are based on sound and rigorous science. For the sake of children whose...

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