22672-Honaker, Sarah

Sarah M. Honaker, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

705 Riley Hospital Drive
ROC 4270

Indianapolis, IN 46202


Sarah Morsbach Honaker PhD is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. She earned her doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2007, and completed internship (2007) and post-doctoral (2008) training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. During post-doctoral training, she conducted research on neurocognitive outcomes associated with obstructive sleep apnea in children (mentor: David Gozal MD). Dr. Honaker served as a clinical faculty member at the University of Louisville School of Medicine from 2008-2013, during which time she provided pediatric behavioral sleep medicine services to children in both sleep center and primary care settings. She is active in several national professional societies and recently served as a Course Co-Chair for the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine’s annual course in 2016 and again in 2017. She has published articles and lectured nationally on the behavioral treatment of children with sleep disorders. Her research focuses on evidence-based approaches to prevent, detect, and manage sleep difficulties in children.

Key Publications



Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology
  • Education
    2008 FEL University of Louisville School of Medicine
    2007 PhD University of South Carolina
    2004 MA University of South Carolina
    1998 BA Grinnell College
  • Research

    Dr. Honaker’s research examines the development and implementation of evidence-based care for children’s sleep disorders, with a focus on the primary care setting. Specific ongoing studies include 1) the use of a computer decision support system to identify obstructive sleep apnea in primary care (Funding: American Sleep Medicine Foundation); 2) management of infant night wakings in primary care (Funding: Indiana University Health Values Grant); and 3) behavioral sleep treatment as a therapeutic for children with disruptive behavior disorders (Funding: Indiana CTSI). She is a co-chair of the Pediatric Behavioral Sleep Research Network. Dr. Honaker has experience using a variety of objective (i.e., polysomnogram; actigraphy) and subjective (questionnaire; clinical interview, sleep diary) sleep measurement tools.  She welcomes research collaboration in the area of pediatric sleep with other faculty members or trainees across a variety of disciplines.   

  • Publications
    Sibling sleep-What can it tell us about parental sleep reports in the context of autism?
    Schwichtenberg AJ; Hensle T; Honaker S; Miller M; Ozonoff S; Anders T; Clinical practice in pediatric psychology 2016 Jun
    Implementation of Sleep and Circadian Science: Recommendations from the Sleep Research Society and National Institutes of Health Workshop.
    Parthasarathy S; Carskadon MA; Jean-Louis G; Owens J; Bramoweth A; Combs D; Hale L; Harrison E; Hart CN; Hasler BP; Honaker SM; Hertenstein E; Kuna S; Kushida C; Levenson JC; Murray C; Pack AI; Pillai V; Pruiksma K; Seixas A; Strollo P; Thosar SS; Williams N; Buysse D; Sleep 2016 Dec 1
    Topical Review: Building Competency: Professional Skills for Pediatric Psychologists in Integrated Primary Care Settings.
    Hoffses KW; Ramirez LY; Berdan L; Tunick R; Honaker SM; Meadows TJ; Shaffer L; Robins PM; Sturm L; Stancin T; Journal of pediatric psychology 2016 Aug 26
    Sleep in pediatric primary care: A review of the literature.
    Honaker SM; Meltzer LJ; Sleep medicine reviews 2015 Jan 24
    Stakeholder perspectives on barriers for healthy living for low-income african american families.
    Jones VF; Rowland ML; Young L; Atwood K; Thompson K; Sterrett E; Honaker SM; Williams JE; Johnson K; Davis DW; Frontiers in pediatrics 2014 Dec 4
    Bedtime problems and night wakings in young children: an update of the evidence.
    Honaker SM; Meltzer LJ; Paediatric respiratory reviews 2014 Apr 13
    Sleep-disordered breathing and verbal skills in school-aged community children.
    Honaker SM; Gozal D; Bennett J; Capdevila OS; Spruyt K; Developmental neuropsychology 2009
  • Professional Organizations
    American Academy of Sleep Medicine
    American Psychological Association
    Indiana Psychological Association
    Sleep Research Society
    Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Pediatrics - Sleep Medicine
  • Clinical Interests

    Sarah Honaker PhD is a clinical psychologist with specialty training and board certification in behavioral sleep medicine. She treats and studies children ages 0-18 years with pediatric sleep difficulties, including insomnia, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, hypersomnia, parasomnia, and nightmares. Many children with sleep complaints also have other neurodevelopmental, psychological, or medical conditions, yet will still respond well to behavioral sleep intervention.  Dr. Honaker tailors evidence-based treatment approaches to a specific child and family’s needs and goals. Treatment is usually brief (2-6 sessions) and focused on psychological or behavioral contributors to disrupted sleep.  Dr. Honaker is the Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine at Riley Children’s Hospital at IU Health.


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