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Luis Fernando Buenaver, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Languages: English, Spanish

Expertise: Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences , Psychologist

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Appointment Phone: 410-614-3396

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-3396

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Appointment Phone: 410-550-0018

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Howard County General Hospital Sleep Lab
Appointment Phone: 800-937-5337

5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044 map
Phone: 800-937-5337
Fax: 866-214-8799

Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital

11085 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 103
Columbia, MD 21044 map
Phone: 800-937-5337


Dr. Buenaver directs the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins’ Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Dr. Buenaver earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed his predoctoral internship at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Buenaver is a licensed psychologist and is also certified in behavioral sleep medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Buenaver's clinical practice centers on pain management and the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders (particularly chronic insomnia.) He has presented and published on topics including factors contributing to chronic pain and sleep disorders.

His research focuses on pain and sleep: studying and designing interventions to alter behavioral and psychological mechanisms that contribute to chronic pain and associated disability and understanding the role of sleep disturbance in chronic pain to learn how sleep loss and factors that drive sleep disturbance contribute to pain, disability, and negative mood. more


  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center (Richmond) / Neuropsychology (2004)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Psychiatry (2008)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Sleep Medicine / Behavioral Sleep Medicine Specialis (2008)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Circadian rest/activity rhythms in knee osteoarthritis with insomnia: A study of osteoarthritis patients and pain-free controls with insomnia or normal sleep.

Spira AP, Runko VT, Finan PH, Kaufmann CN, Bounds SC, Liu L, Buenaver LF, McCauley LM, Ancoli-Israel S, Smith MT.

Chronobiol Int. 2014 Oct 7:1-6. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 25290041

Nasal insufflation treatment adherence in obstructive sleep apnea.

Sowho MO, Woods MJ, Biselli P, McGinley BM, Buenaver LF, Kirkness JP.

Sleep Breath. 2014 Jul 12. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 25015548

Increased sensitivity to physical activity among individuals with knee osteoarthritis: relation to pain outcomes, psychological factors, and responses to quantitative sensory testing.

Wideman TH, Finan PH, Edwards RR, Quartana PJ, Buenaver LF, Haythornthwaite JA, Smith MT.

PMID: 24378879

Discordance between pain and radiographic severity in knee osteoarthritis: findings from quantitative sensory testing of central sensitization.

Finan PH, Buenaver LF, Bounds SC, Hussain S, Park RJ, Haque UJ, Campbell CM, Haythornthwaite JA, Edwards RR, Smith MT.

Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Feb;65(2):363-72. doi: 10.1002/art.34646.

PMID: 22961435

Evidence for indirect effects of pain catastrophizing on clinical pain among myofascial temporomandibular disorder participants: the mediating role of sleep disturbance.

Buenaver LF, Quartana PJ, Grace EG, Sarlani E, Simango M, Edwards RR, Haythornthwaite JA, Smith MT.

PMID: 22417656

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