Faculty Profile

Judith A. Owens MD, MPH

Faculty in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Director of Sleep Medicine, Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Department of Neurology, Children's Hospital Boston

Administrative Title(s)

Director of Sleep Medicine

See publications


Boston Children's Hospital
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453

Inter-office Mail Address

Boston Children’s Hospital
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453

Phone 781-216-2590
Fax 781-216-2518

Society Memberships

Sleep Research Society,
American Academy of Sleep Medicine,
World Sleep Society,
International Pediatric Sleep Association

Research Interests

My research primarily involves public health aspects of sleep in children and adolescents.


1997 – 1999    Rolanda Maxim MD (Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow, Brown University   School of Medicine)
Current Position: Associate Professor Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics St. Louis University School of Medicine
Research mentor; authorship on 2 papers (Pediatrics and Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

1998 – 2002    Victoria Dalzell MD (Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow, Brown Medical School)  
Current Position: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Maine Medical Center
Research mentor; second author frequently cited paper on screening for sleep problems in children in Sleep Medicine

2003 – 2004        Chantelle Nobile PhD (Clinical Child Psychology Intern, Brown University)
Current Position: Associate Professor Center for Obesity Research and Education Temple University
Research mentor; authorship on 5 sleep research papers with current NIH grant funding for sleep and obesity research   

2007 – 2008    Tyish Hall-Brown PhD (Clinical Child Psychology Intern, Brown University)
Current Position: Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Howard University
Research mentor; has published multiple papers on sleep and diversity in Sleep, Jl Clin Sleep Med, Jl Trauma Stress

2010    Caroline Jones Msc MA (Visiting Clinical Child Psychology Research Fellow at Children’s National Medical Center from Oxford University,UK)
Current Position: Senior Researcher Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences Oxford University
Research mentor; first or second author on 3 sleep health-related publications

2012 – 2015    Nikia Scott PhD (Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology, American University)‎
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Hughes Spalding - ‎Emory University School of Medicine
Research mentor/dissertation advisor; one publication on sleep in Jl Affective Disorders and currently pursuing research on sleep in college students as post-doctoral fellow

2012 – 2014      Allison Baylor BA (Research Assistant, Children’s National Medical Center)
Current Position: Graduate student child psychology University of Richmond VA; research mentor; authorship on 3 papers and is currently pursuing research in sleep

2013 – 2015    Guanghai Wang, PhD (Visiting Research Fellow at Children’s National Medical Center from School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University)
Current Position: Faculty Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Director Behavioral Sleep Medicine Shanghai Children’s Hospital
Research mentor/dissertation advisor; published 3 sleep-related papers and 2 in submission

2014 – Present  Vijayabharathi Ekambaram MD (Child Psychiatry Fellow, Children’s National Medical Center/George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington DC),
Current Position: Pediatric Sleep Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Boston Children’s Hospital)
Clinical and research mentor; appointed pediatric sleep fellow Boston Children’s Hospital 2016-17

2015 – Present    Kiran Maski MD / Mentorship in Current Position: Assistant Professor Neurology, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
Research mentor; has published 10 articles on sleep-related topics and current recipient of 2 industry and one American Sleep Medicine Foundation grant

Research Funding

08/15/2011 – 03/31/2017    
Enhancing Sleep Duration: Effects on Children’s Eating and Activity Behaviors
(PI: Chantelle Hart)
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute R01 HL092910
Role: Consultant

07/2014 – 11/2017                        
A Phase 2/3 Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized-Withdrawal, Multicenter Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Xyrem with an Open-Label Pharmacokinetic Evaluation and Safety Extension in Pediatric Subjects with Narcolepsy with Cataplexy
Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Role: Site Co-Principal Investigator

08/2013 – Present    
Development of a Pediatric Narcolepsy Screening Instrument; Phase 1 and 2
Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Role: Site Principal Investigator

02/2016 – 02/2018    
Impact Evaluation of School Start Time Changes
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

01/2016 – 12/2016
Identifying Motivating Factors for Healthy Sleep in At-Risk Adolescents
(Quante M, PI, Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
American Sleep Medicine Foundation Grant
Role: Consultant

Selected Publications

Owens J, Weiss M, Nordbrock E, Mattingly G, Wigal S, Greenhill L, Chang W, Childress A,  Kupper R, Adjei A. Effect of Aptensio XR® (Methylphenidate HCl Extended Release) Capsules on Sleep in Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2016 [in press].

Owens J, Dearth-Wesley T, Lewin D, Gioia G, Whitaker R. The relationship of self-regulation to sleep duration, sleepiness, and chronotype in adolescents. Pediatrics. 2016 [in press].

Owens J, Wang G, Lewin D, Skora L, Baylor A. Association between short sleep duration and risk behavior factors in middle school students. Sleep. 2016 [accepted 8/9/16, in press].

Hart CN, Hawley N, Davey A, Carskadon M, Raynor H, Jelalian E, Owens J, Considine R, Wing RR. Effect of experimental change in children’s sleep duration on television viewing and physical activity. Pediatr Obes. 2016 [Epub ahead of print].

Wang G, Liu Z, Xu G, Jiang F, Lu N, Baylor A, Owens J. Sleep Disturbances and Associated Factors in Chinese Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Retrospective and Cross-Sectional Study. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2016 Apr;47(2):248-258.

Liu Z, Wang G, Geng L, Luo J, Li N, Owens J. Sleep Patterns, Sleep Disturbances, and Associated Factors among Chinese Urban Kindergarten Children. Behav Sleep Med. 2016;14(1):100-117.

Owens J, Drobnich D, Baylor A, Lewin D. school start time change: an in-depth examination of school districts in the United States. Mind, Brain, Education. 2014 Dec;8(4):182-213.

Pressman RM, Owens J, Evans AS, Nemon ML. Examining the interface of family and personal traits, media, and academic imperatives using the learning habit study. Am J Fam Ther. 2014;42(5):347-363.

Boergers J, Gable C, Owens J. Later school start time is associated with improved sleep and daytime functioning in adolescents. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2014;35(1):11-7.

Koeck E, Barefoot L, Hamrick M, Owens J, Qureshi F, Nadler E. Predicting sleep apnea in morbidly obese adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. Surg Endosc. 2014;28(4):1146-52.

Hart C, Carskadon M, Considine R, Fava J, Lawton J, Raynor H, Jelalian E, Owens J, Wing R. Changes in children’s sleep duration on food intake, weight, and leptin. Pediatrics. 2013;132(6):e1473-80.

Jones C, Owens J, Pham B. Can a brief educational intervention improve parents’ knowledge of healthy children’s sleep? A pilot-test. Health Education Journal. 2012;72(5):601-610.

Owens J, Kothare S, Sheldon S. PRO: “Not just little adults”: AASM should require pediatric accreditation for integrated sleep medicine programs serving both children (0-16 years) and adults. J Clin Sleep Med 2012;8(5):473-6. PMCID: PMC3549190.

Orgilés M, Owens J, Piqueras JA, Espada JP, Carballo JL. Spanish version of the Sleep Self-Report (SSR): factorial structure and psychometric properties. Child Care Health Dev. 2012 Jun 8; 39(2):288-95.

Chen M, Olson H, Picciano J, Starr J, Owens J. Sleep problems in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. J Clin Sleep Med. 2012 Aug 15;8(4):421-9. PMC3407261.

Tang S, Clarke T, Owens J, Pal D. Sleep behavior disturbances in rolandic epilepsy. J Child Neurol. 2011 Feb;26(2):239-43.

Owens J, Jones C, Nash R. Caregivers’ knowledge, behavior, and attitudes regarding healthy sleep in young children. J Clin Sleep Med 2011;7(4):345-50. PMC3161766.

Owens J, Jones C. Parental knowledge of healthy sleep in young children: results of a primary care clinic survey. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2011;32(6):447-453.

Picchietti D, Arbuckle R, Abetz L, Durmer J, Ivanenko A, Owens J, Croenlein J, Allen R, Walters A. Pediatric restless legs syndrome: analysis of symptom descriptions and drawings. J Child Neurol. 2011;26(11):1365-76.

Arbuckle R, Abetz L, Durmer JS, Ivanenko A, Owens JA, Croenlein J, Bolton K, Moore A, Allen RP, Walters AS, Picchietti DL. Development of the Pediatric Restless Legs Syndrome Severity Scale (P-RLS-SS): a patient-reported outcome measure of pediatric RLS symptoms and impact. Sleep Med. 2010;11(9):897-906.

Owens J, Belon K, Moss P. Impact of delaying school start time on adolescent sleep, mood, and behavior. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(7):608-14.

Owens J, Rosen C, Mindell J, Kirchner H. Use of pharmacotherapy for insomnia in child psychiatry practice: a national survey. Sleep Med. 2010;11(7):692-700.

Sagheri D, Wiater A, Steffen P, Chervin R, Braumann B, Owens J. Applying principles of good practice for translation and cross-cultural adaptation of sleep-screening instruments in children. Behav Sleep Med. 2010;8(3):151-6.

Yolton K, Xu Y, Khoury J, Succop P, Lanphear B, Beebe D, Owens J. Associations between secondhand smoke exposure and sleep patterns in children. Pediatrics. 2010;125(2):e261-68.

Owens J, Sangal, RB, Sutton VK, Bakken R, Feng W, Allen AJ, Kelsey D. Subjective and objective measures of sleep in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Sleep Med. 2009;10(4):446-456.

Owens J, Mehlenbeck R, Lee J, King M. Effect of weight, sleep duration, and comorbid sleep disorders on behavioral outcomes in children with sleep-disordered breathing. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(4):313-21.

Li Y, Jin H, Owens J, Hu C. The association between sleep and injury among school-aged children in rural China: a case-control study. Sleep Med. 2008 Jan;9(2):142-8.

Meltzer L, Mindell J, Owens J, Byars K. Use of sleep medications in hospitalized pediatric patients. Pediatrics. 2007;119(6):1047-55.

Boergers J, Hart C, Owens JA, Streisand R, Spirito A. Child sleep disorders: associations with parental sleep duration and daytime sleepiness. J Fam Psychol. 2007;21(1):88-94.

Sangal B, Owens J, Allen A, Sutton V, Feng W, Schuh K, Kelsey D. Effects of atomoxetine and methylphenidate on children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Sleep. 2006;29(12):1573-1585.

Owens J, Stahl J, Crouch M, Reddy U, Patton A. Sleep practices, attitudes, and beliefs in inner-city middle school children: A mixed method study. Behav Sleep Med. 2006;4(2):114-134.

Owens J, Mindell J. Pediatric sleep medicine: priorities for research, patient care, policy and education. J Clin Sleep Med. 2006;2(1):77-88.

Sangal B, Owens J, Sangal J. Patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder without observed apneic episodes in sleep or daytime sleepiness have normal sleep on polysomnography. Sleep. 2005;28(9):1143-48.

Arnedt, JT, Owens J, Crouch M, Stahl J, Carskadon C. Neurobehavioral performance of residents after heavy night call vs after alcohol ingestion. JAMA. 2005;294(9):1025-33.

Liu X, Liu L, Owens J, Kaplan DL. Sleep patterns and sleep problems among school children in
the US and China. Pediatrics. 2005;115(1 Suppl):241-49.

Owens J, Dalzell V. Use of the “BEARS” sleep screening tool in a pediatric residents’ continuity clinic: A pilot study. Sleep Med. 2005;6(1):63-9

Owens J, Fernando S, McGuinn M. Sleep disturbance and injury risk in young children. Behavioral Sleep Med. 2005;3(1):18-31.

Papp KK, Stoller EP, Sage P, Aikens JE, Owens J, Avidan A, Phillips B, Rosen R, Strohl KP. Sleep loss and fatigue in graduate medical education: A Multi-Institutional, Mixed-Method Study. Acad Med. 2004;79(3).

Owens J, Rosen C, Mindell J. Medication use in the treatment of pediatric insomnia: Results of a survey of community-based pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2003;111(5):e628-e635.

Veasey S, Rosen R, Barzansky B, Rosen I, Owens J. Sleep loss and fatigue in residency training: A reappraisal. JAMA. 2002;288:1116-24.

Bloom B, Owens J, McGuinn M, Nobile C, Schaeffer L, Alario A. Sleep and its relationship to pain, dysfunction and disease activity in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatol. 2002;29:169-173

Owens J. The practice of pediatric sleep medicine: results of a community survey. Pediatrics. 2001;108(3):e51

Owens J, Nobile C, McGuinn M, Spirito A. The Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ): psychometric properties of a survey instrument for school-aged children. Sleep. 2000;23(8):1043-51

Owens J, Maxim R, Nobile C, McGuinn M, Msall M. Parental and self-report of sleep in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154:549-555

Mehlenbeck R, Spirito A, Owens J, Boegers J. The clinical presentation of childhood partial arousal parasomnias. Sleep Med. 2000;1:307-312

Owens J, Spirito A, Marcotte A. Neuropsychological and behavioral correlates of OSAS in children. Sleep Breath. 2000;4(2):67-77.

Owens J, Spirito A, McGuinn M, Nobile C. Sleep habits and sleep disturbance in school aged children. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2000;21(1):27-36.

Owens J, Maxim R, Nobile C, McGuinn M, Alario A, Msall M. Television viewing habits and sleep disturbances in school-aged children. Pediatrics. 1999;104(3):e27.

Owens-Stively J, Oppipari L, Nobile C, Spirito A. Sleep and daytime behaviors in children with obstructive sleep apnea and behavioral sleep disorder. Pediatrics. 1998;102(5):1178-1184.

Owens-Stively J, Spirito A, Arrigan M. The incidence of parasomnias in children with obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep. 1997;20(12):1193-1196.

Owens-Stively J, Frank N, Smith A, Arrigan M, Spirito A, Hagino O. Child temperament, parenting style and daytime behavior in childhood sleep disorders. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1997;18(5):314-321.

Owens-Stively J, Spirito A, Arrigan M, Alario AJ. The relationship between elevated lead burden & sleep disturbances in young children. Ambulatory Child Health. 1997;2(3):221-229.

Frank N, Spirito A, Stark L, Owens-Stively J. The use of scheduled awakenings to eliminate childhood sleepwalking. J Pediatr Psychol. 1997;22(3):345-353.

Stark L, Owens-Stively J, Spirito A, Lewis A, Guevremont D. Group behavioral treatment of retentive encopresis. J Pediatr Psychol. 1990;15(5):659-671.

Spirito A, Stark L, Fristad M, Hart K, Owens-Stively J. Adolescent suicide attempters hospitalized on a pediatric unit. J Pediatr Psychol. 1987;12(2):171-189.

Owens-Stively J. Self-esteem and compliance in encopretic children. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 1987;18(1):13-21.

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