Faculty Profile

Dr. Karen A. Bonuck, Ph.D.

Karen A. Bonuck, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Developmental Medicine)

Areas of Research: Promoting healthy sleep in young children, epidemiology of sleep problems; Conducting early childhood feeding and maltreatment interventions, and; Supporting advocacy and research in children with developmental disabilities.

Professional Interests

Research Overview:

I conduct research on pediatric sleep and parent-child interventions. Currently, I am the PI (R01HD082129) for "Increasing Sleep Health Literacy in Head Start: A Social-Ecological Approach." This NIH-funded R01aims 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. I am also the Co-PI for R01 (MD-010460) "Obesity and Caries in Young Couthg Aisan Children:Common Risk Factor Approach." 

I am also the Director of the University Center of Excellence, at Montefiore Rose F. Kennedy Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (RFK CERC), I foster research at CERC, write grants, and represent the UCEDD at local, state, and national meetings. I wrote and oversee the UCEDD grant implementation (2nd highest score of 42) leading a collaboration with Fordham Law School, to develop a Medical-Legal Partnership.  I work closely wiht Speech-Languagge Pathology team, in particular on research projects.

NCBI link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1BsWvVxiklW5H/bibliography/40553228/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending


Selected Publications

Peer Review Manunscripts: Selected from > 70

Pediatric Sleep Research

  1. Bonuck K, Grant R. Sleep Problems and Early Developmental Delay: Implications for Early Intervention Programs. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 2012; Feb;50(1):41-52. PMID:22316225.
  2. Freeman K, Bonuck K, Snoring, mouth-breathing, and apnea trajectories in a population-based cohort followed from infancy to 81 months: a cluster analysis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2012;76(1):122-30. Epub 2011 Nov 16. PMID:22093741.
  3. Bonuck K, Freeman K, Chervin R, Xu, L. Sleep Disordered Breathing in a Population-Based Cohort: Behavioral Effects at 4 and 7 Years.  Pediatrics. 2012; 129 (4): e857-865. PMID: 22392181.
  4. Bonuck K, Rao T, Xu L. Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Special Educational Need at 8 Years: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Pediatrics. 2012; 130 (4): 634-642. PMID: 22945405.
  5. Moore M, Bonuck K. Co-morbid symptoms of sleep disordered breathing and behavioral sleep problems from 18 - 57 months of age: A population-based study. Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 2012; 11:1–9.PMID: 23205586.
  6. Wilson KE, Miller AL. Bonuck K, Lumeng JC, Chervin RD. Evaluation of a sleep education program for low-income preschool children and their families.  SLEEP; 2014; 37 (6): 1117-1125. PMCID: PMC 4015386.
  7. Bonuck K, Chervin RD, Howe L. Sleep-Disordered Breathing, Sleep Duration and Childhood Overweight: A Longitudinal Cohort Study.  Journal of Pediatrics. 2015 Mar;166(3):632-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.11.001. Epub 2014 Nov 6
  8. Bonuck K, Schwartz B, Schechter C. Sleep Health Literacy in Head Start Families and Staff: Exploratory Study of Knowledge, Motivation, and Competencies to Promote Healthy Sleep. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. (in press)


  1. Hyden C, Kahn R, Bonuck K. Bottle-weaning intervention tools: “How” and “Why” of a WIC-based educational flipchart, parent brochure and website. Health Promotion Practice. 2013; 14 (1): 75-80. epub 5 April 2012. PMID: 22491388.  For materials, see http://proudtobebottlefree.org/files/FYCS_Flipchart.pdf
  2. Bonuck, K, Avraham SB, Lo Y, Kahn R, Hyden C. Bottle weaning intervention and toddler overweight. Journal of Pediatrics.   2014 Feb;164(2):306-12. PMID: 24183206.
  3. Ben-Avraham S, Hyden C, Fletcher, Bonuck K. Bottle and sippy cup use is associated with diet and energy intake in toddlers. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2014 May 1. doi:10.1111
  4. Bonuck K, Avraham SB, Hearst M, Kahn R, Hyden C. Matern Child Nutr. 2014 Apr;10(2):234-44. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12042. Epub 2013 Apr 5. PMID: 23556429

Breastfeeding Promotion

  1. Bonuck K, Stuebe A, Barnett J, Labbok MH, Fletcher J, Bernstein P.  Effect of primary care intervention on breastfeeding duration and intensity. American Journal of Public Health. 2014; Feb 104 Suppl 2014 Feb;104 Suppl 1:S119-27. PMID: 24354834.
  2. Teich AS, Barnett J, Bonuck K. Women’s perceptions of breastfeeding barriers in the early post-partum period: Qualitative analysis nested in two randomized controlled trials. Breastfeed Med. 2014 Jan-Feb;9(1):9-15. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2013.0063. Epub 2013 Dec 4.PMID:24304033
  3. Mehta-Lee SS, Lischewski Goel JL, Xu L, Brittner MR, Bernstein PS, Bonuck KA. Perception of weight status and its impact on weight gain in an urban population. Matern Child Health J. 2013 Dec;17(10):1931-9. doi: 10.1007/s10995-013-1219-8.
  4. Berry DC, Neal M, Hall EG, Schwartz TA, Verbiest S, Bonuck K, Goodnight W, Brody S, Dorman KF, Menard MK, Stuebe AM. Rationale, design, and methodology for the optimizing outcomes in women with gestational diabetes mellitus and their infants study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth.  2013; Oct 10: 184.
  5. Herold R, Bonuck K.  Medicaid IBCLC Coverage Following Medicaid and Affordable Care Act Updates: A 50 State Survey.  Journal of Human Lactation (in press).

Child Maltreatment: Attachment-Based Interventions

  1. Murphy A, Steele M, Dube SR, Bate J, Bonuck K, Meissner P, Goldman H, Steele H. Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (ACE’s) and Adult Attachment Interview (AAI): Implications for parent-child relationships. Child Abuse Negl. 2014 Feb;38(2):224-33. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2013 Oct 24.
  2. Steele M, Steele H, Bate J, Knafo H, Kinsey M, Bonuck K, Meisner P, Murphy A. Looking from the outside in: use of video in attachment-based interventions. Attach Hum Dev. 2014;16(4):402-15. doi: 10.1080/14616734.2014.912491. Erratum in: Attach Hum Dev. 2014;16(6):656
  3. Murphy A, Steele H, Bate J, Nikitiades A, Allman B, Bonuck K, Meissner P, Goldman H, Steele M. Group Attachment Based Intervention: Trauma Informed Care for Families with Adverse Childhood Experiences. Journal of Family and Community Health.2014; 38 (3): 268-279.

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New York is Not Getting Enough Sleep. The Solution May Include Teddy Bears

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