Judith Owens, MD, MPH

Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Judith Owens is a senior faculty member at the Pediatric Sleep Center at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts and a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally recognized authority on pediatric sleep and the author of over 175 original research and review articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters, and books on the topic.

Her research interests focus on the neurobehavioral and health consequences of sleep problems in adolescents, including the role of school start times, sleep health education, and the cultural and psychosocial issues that impact sleep. She was the lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics 2014 policy statement on healthy school start times and is on the board of directors of the national nonprofit organization Start School Later/Healthy Hours. She is currently president of the International Pediatric Sleep Association.

Dr. Owens received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University and a master’s degree in maternal and child health from the University of Minnesota. She completed fellowships in behavioral pediatrics at Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center and in child psychiatry at Brown University.