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"The Science of Sleep" with Dr. Judith Owens

Continuing the ongoing study of improving student sleep health and the possible implementation of later start school start times, Radnor Township School District welcomed more than 100 attendees for a presentation by internationally-recognized pediatric sleep expert Dr. Judith Owens focusing on "The Science of Sleep" on Thursday, February 7, 2019. The free event was held at Radnor High School.

View a video of the presentation on YouTube here.

Dr. Owens is Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Professor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is a well-regarded 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. 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 is board certified in Pediatrics and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Owens' upcoming visit will be her second to RTSD in three years. In February 2016, Dr. Owens visited the district as a panelist for an evening program, “Sleep and the Adolescent Brain," which also featured Dr. Katharine Dahlsgaard, the Lead Psychologist at the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Dr. Joseph O’Brien, the Executive Director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Hundreds of parents and community members from Radnor and surrounding school districts attended the presentation, which centered on the causes and implications of sleep deprivation in adolescents and strategies to help. Dr. Owens also presented separately to staff members.