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Assistant Professor
Behavioral Sciences
Rush Medical College
Johnston R. Bowman Center
710 S. Paulina St.
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-0566
(312) 942-8961
PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004

MS, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000

BS, Tulane University, 1997
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms, Pathological Conditions Signs and Symptoms, Physiological Processes, Psychological Phenomena and Processes
Actigraphy, Polysomnography
Research Interests
My primary research interest is aimed at developing, testing, and optimizing non-pharmacological interventions for insomnia and other sleep disorders.  Current research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health include the development and testing of a mindfulness-based intervention for insomnia (K23) and a clinical trial testing a multidisciplinary approach to treating obstructive sleep apnea and comorbid insomnia (R01).  My broader research interests include interventions to reduce metabolic syndrome and sleep disturbances in chronic pain conditions.

 Research Support

National Institutes of Health, R01 HL114529-01

Project Title: Multidisciplinary Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Insomnia

Principle Investigator: Jason Ong, Ph.D.


National Institutes of Health, K23 AT003678

Project Title: Augmenting Behavior Therapy for Insomnia with Mindfulness Meditation

Principal Investigator: Jason Ong, Ph.D.


Fogarty Grant, Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center

Project Title: Characteristics and Treatment Models for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Comorbid Insomnia

Principal Investigator: Jason Ong, Ph.D.


William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.

Project Title: ELM Lifestyle Project: Prevention of Diastolic Heart Failure: Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Principal Investigator: Lynda Powell, Ph.D.

Role: Co-Investigator


National Institutes of Health, K23 AT006703

Project Title: MBSR for fibromyalgia: A dose-finding study

Principal Investigator: Ather Ali, ND, MPH
Role: Consultant/Scientific Advisor

Selected Publications

Ong, J.C., Ulmer, C.S., & Manber, R. (in press). Improving sleep with mindfulness and acceptance: A metacognitive model of insomnia.  Behaviour Research and Therapy.

Ong, J.C. & Park, M. (in press).  Chronic headaches and insomnia: Working towards a biobehavioral model.  Cephalalgia.

Espie, C.A., Kyle, S.D., Williams, C., Ong, J.C., Douglas, N.J., Hames, P., Brown, J.S.L. (2012). A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of online cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic insomnia disorder delivered via an automated media-rich web application. Sleep, 35(6), 769-781. 

Suh, S., Ong, J.C., Steidtmann, D., Nowakowski, S., Dowdle, C., Willett, E., Siebern, A., & Manber, R. (2012), Cognitions and insomnia subgroups.  Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36(2), 120-128.

Suh, S., Nowakowski, S., Bernert, R.A., Ong, J.C., Siebern, A.T., Dowdle, C.L., & Manber, R. (2012). Clinical Significance of night-to-night sleep variability in insomnia. Sleep Medicine, 13, 469-475.

Manber, R., Bernert, R.A., Siebern, A.T., Suh, S., Nowakowski, S., & Ong, J.C. (2011). CBT for insomnia in patients with high and low depressive symptom severity: Adherence and clinical outcomes.  Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 7(6), 645-652.

Ong, J.C., Carde, N.B., Gross, J.J., & Manber, R. (2011).  A two-dimensional approach to assessing affective states in good and poor sleepers.  Journal of Sleep Research, 20(4), 606-610.

Gress, J.L, Chambers, A., Ong, J.C., Tikozky, L., Okada, R.M., & Manber, R. (2010).  Maternal subjective sleep quality and nighttime infant care.  Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28(4), 384-391. 

Ong, J. & Sholtes, D. (2010). A Mindfulness-Based Approach to the Treatment of Insomnia.  Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 66, 1175-1184.

Deyo, M., Wilson, K.A., Ong, J., & Koopman, C. (2009).  Mindfulness and Rumination: Does Mindfulness Training Lead to Reductions in the Ruminative Thinking Associated with Depression? Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 5(5), 265-271.

Ong, J.C., Gress, J.L., San Pedro-Salcedo, M.G., & Manber, R. (2009).  Frequency and predictors of sleep apnea among individuals with major depressive disorder and insomnia.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 67(2), 135-141.

Stepanski, E.J., Walker, M.S., Schwartzberg, L.S., Blakely, L.J., Ong, J, & Houts, A.C. (2009).  The relation of trouble sleeping, depressed mood, pain and fatigue in patients with cancer. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 5(2), 132-136.

Ong, J.C., Stepanski, E.J., & Gramling, S.E. (2009).  Pain Coping Strategies for Tension-Type Headache: Possible Implications for Insomnia?  Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 5(1) 52-56.

Ong, J.C., Shapiro, S.L., & Manber, R. (2009).  Mindfulness meditation and CBT for insomnia: A naturalistic 12-month follow-up.  Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, 5, 30-36.

Ong, J.C., Shapiro, S.L., & Manber, R. (2008). Combining mindfulness meditation with cognitive-behavior therapy for insomnia: A treatment-development study.  Behavior Therapy, 39, 171-182.

Ong, J.C., Kuo, T.F., & Manber, R. (2008).  Who is at risk for early dropout from cognitive-behavior therapy for insomnia?  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64(4):419-25.

Constantino, M.J., Manber, R., Ong, J., Kuo, T.F., Huang, J., & Arnow, B.A. (2007). Patient expectations and therapeutic alliance as predictors of outcome in group cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 5(3), 210-228. 

Ong, J.C., Huang, J.S., Kuo, T.F., & Manber, R. (2007).  Characteristics of insomniacs with self-reported morning and evening chronotypes. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 3(3), 289-294.


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