General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Research

Our faculty, staff and trainees are engaged in a range of research to improve the lives of children, adolescents, young adults and families. Programs of research housed in the Division include:

Healthy Environments for Vulnerable Youth Program

Dr. Marla Eisenberg and colleagues conduct both qualitative and quantitative research on a wide variety of social factors and how they are associated with the well-being of adolescents and young adults, with particular attention to vulnerable groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth, those with disabilities, and those who are overweight. Social factors include characteristics of the family and peer group (e.g. bullying experience); school resources, climate, and characteristics (e.g. presence of a gender/sexuality student organization); and features of the neighborhood or community (e.g. political climate, public policy). We capitalize on existing youth surveillance data to create multilevel quantitative datasets for hierarchical analysis. Qualitative methods with youth, parents, and professionals include interviews, focus groups, and other novel techniques. 

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Preventive Health Services for Adolescents and Young Adults

Dr. Annie-Laurie McRee and colleagues conduct research on a preventive health services for adolescents and young adults, with particular attention to vulnerable groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer/questioning youth; homeless youth; and young people living in rural areas. Key areas of focus include behavioral, public health, and health services approaches to increasing adolescent and young adult vaccination, particularly vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) and to improving young people’s receipt of quality preventive services.

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Shlafer Laboratory for Research on Criminal Justice and Health

Dr. Rebecca Shlafer and colleagues conduct both qualitative and quantitative research on the intersections of criminal justice and health. Our work includes a focus on the impacts of maternal incarceration for child health and development, with an intentional focus on the experiences of pregnant women in prison. 

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