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Within MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Department of Pediatrics is the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, an internationally-known academic research division dedicated to improving the health of children and adolescents through:
Until 2012 the Division, was directed by James M. Perrin, MD. Dr. Taveras joined the Division as Chief on April 1, 2013. With its multidisciplinary faculty staff of physicians and doctoral-level pediatric researchers, the Division carries out multidisciplinary research in academic general pediatrics. Faculty are supported by project managers, clinical research coordinators, analysts and administrative assistants.
The mission of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Child & Adolescent Health Research and Policy (CAHRP) is to build the scientific knowledge base in order to provide evidence for effective advocacy, policies and program development that promote the lifelong health and wellbeing of children, their families and the communities in which they live and grow. Through innovative, multilevel research that is based on principles of social justice and the view that child development is a dynamic process of changing interactions between biology, behavior, and the physical and social environment, the Center works to improve lifecourse health development and the quality of systems serving children, families and communities and also to reduce health disparities.
Chief, Division of General PediatricsDr. Taveras is the Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). She is also the Director of the Department of Pediatric Population Health Management at MGHfC, and is an Associate Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Taveras is a pediatrician and health services researcher. Her research interests include the developmental origins of obesity, pediatrics, obesity prevention and treatment and racial/ethnic disparities. Dr. Taveras trained in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center and received her Master's Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Instructor, Division of General PediatricsDr. Sharifi is an Instructor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and Harvard Medical School, and is an attending pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital. Her research is focused on chronic disease preventionand health behavior changein pediatric primary care with a focus on childhood obesity and tobacco smoke exposureprevention. Her research employs qualitative methods to explore family-centered outcomes, preferences, and best practices as well as quantitative methods to evaluate adherence to clinical obesity management recommendations and social-contextual mediators of childhood obesity disparities. She has worked to develop and evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of novel primary care based interventions that leverage decision aids delivered to clinicians via the electronic health record and to families via remote and mobile technologies to support child health behavior change.
Dr. Arauz Boudreau’s interests focus on determining effective means to reduce health disparities for vulnerable children by impacting childhood development both through community and primary care initiatives. A major focus of her research has been directed at how to structure pediatric primary care practices to optimally support child development and school readiness. Current projects include Healthy Living Today, a child-parent intervention to address childhood obesity through an interactive family approach to lifestyle choices with the aid of health coaches working in tandem with primary care providers and projects related to the medical home.
Research interests include: 1) The use of information technology, particularly clinical decision support, to improve the quality of care delivered in pediatric primary care practice, 2) Pediatric quality measurement and improvement, and 3) Medical education. Current research projects include studying the feasibility of integrating electronic medical record, web-based pre-visit screening into the ambulatory setting for identifying and managing pediatric chronic conditions. Another project is looking at the effect of clinical decision support on the quality of care delivered for neonatal hyperbilirubinemia.
Associate Chief for Community–Based Research, MGHfC; Professor of Pediatrics, HMSThe Goodman lab dedicated to decreasing the burden of disease, particularly related to obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, among disadvantaged youth, their families and communities. The lab has two main lines of inquiry: 1) understanding the processes through which differences in social status influence children’s health and the trajectory toward adult cardiovascular health, and 2) developing and evaluating programs which build strengths, encourage civic engagement, and offer opportunities for teens to positively impact both themselves and their environments. Current projects include the PSD Study a longitudinal study of social status impact on health of adolescents and young adults, and IPACE (Intervention and Policy Advocacy for Changing Environments) which conducts community-based research to further knowledge through community partnerships that promote health and sustainable, systemic change.
Dr. Kotelchuck runs the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) life course research laboratory at the CAHRP. The MCH life course research laboratory focuses on better understanding of the impact of prenatal and obstetric experiences on subsequent child health and development and on maternal and family health. The lab aims to enhance MCH data system capacities, including improvements in the measurement of child morbidities and health disparities and improve State and national MCH early life programs and policies. Current projects include examination of the impact of Assisted Reproductive Technique conceptions; maternal gestational diabetes recurrence; late preterm (34-36) deliveries; and maternal alcohol and drug abuse and treatment, Down syndrome survival and autism diagnosis.
The Kuhthau lab’s research aims to improve the lives of children and families through improving clinical care and health care systems particularly in relation to children with special health care needs as well as children with brain tumors and children with autism. The lab uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and a variety of data sources.
Dr. Oreskovic’s research focuses on how the built environment, including architecture and urban planning, can affect people’s health, particularly how it can affect chronic diseases in children. He is Principal Investigator for an NIH K 23 Award study, “Children's Use of the Built Environment for physical activity Study (CUBES),” a multidisciplinary study aimed at better understanding where and how children and adolescents use the built environment for physical activity and collaborates on multiple other obesity-related projects.
Instructor, Division of General PediatricsDr. Pachucki is a sociologist with an expertise in social network analysis who joined the group in 2013. His research investigates how interpersonal relationships and social status differences affect health behaviors and can lead to disparities in physical health status (i.e. cardiometabolic disorders) as well as mental health (i.e. depression and self-esteem) across the life course. He is particularly interested in how relationships between parents and children, and between children and their peers, can shape the adoption and cessation of risky behaviors. He is jointly appointed with the Mongan Institute of Health Policy.
The Perrin group studies chronic health conditions in children and adolescents, with particular focus on autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Recent work has examined care improvement for children with ASD and racial and ethnic disparities in autism diagnosis and care. The team also provides evidence to support decision-making regarding newborn genetic screening and has examined recent policy and changes regarding public programs supporting children with disabilities (the Supplemental Security Income [SSI] program).
Current research in our group focuses on how physicians and practices adopt and use new practices, programs and tools over time. Specific projects investigate barriers and facilitators to implementing changes for managing mental health conditions in pediatric primary care. We are also collaborating on a project that investigates how motivated pediatric practices become closer to the ideal "medical home."
Jonathan P. Winickoff, MD, MPH, is a practicing general pediatrician and researcher. With over 100 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Winickoff's research focuses on strategies to address tobacco use and exposure in families; current work includes CEASE (Clinical and Community Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure), as well as projects related to thirdhand smoke, regulating smoking in multiunit housing, and raising the sales age of tobacco to 21. As the past Chair of the AAP Tobacco Consortium, Dr. Winickoff works with pediatric tobacco control researchers across the country to develop the best tobacco practices for child healthcare settings. He has also drafted key tobacco control policy for the AMA, AAP, and the APA. Dr. Winickoff is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He has training and experience in health services research, medical ethics, neurobiology, statistics, and behavioral theory. Dr. Winickoff was educated at Yale University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health and completed his pediatric residency at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center and fellowship in health services research at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Pediatric Health Services Research FellowJwooemail@example.comDr. Woo Baidal is a Pediatric Health Services Research Fellow in the Division of General Pediatrics, and a GI fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on early life determinants of health disparities, with experience in health services research and population-based childhood obesity prevention interventions. She is interested in investigating the origins of pediatric fatty liver disease and severe obesity, two obesity outcomes that disproportionately burden racial/ethnic minorities. Dr. Woo Baidal’s ultimate goal is to prevent childhood obesity and its adverse outcomes in under-served populations.
Pediatric Health Services Research FellowLfiechtner@partners.orgDr. Fiechtner is a joint fellow in Pediatric Health Services in the Division of General Pediatrics, and Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Boston Children's Hospital. She has her MD from Boston University and completed residency with the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP). Her undergraduate training was in sociology, with a focus on health and aging, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fiechtner has a longstanding interest in community-level predictors of obesity and other issues of health and equity for underserved populations. Her research focuses on the food environment and how it impacts healthful behavior change and weight status among children.
Project Managermeperkins@partners.orgMeghan Perkins, MPH, is a Project Manager in the Division of General Pediatrics. She has worked with Dr. Taveras for over 5 years and manages several projects in the Division, including Mass in Motion Kids, Family Experiences in Early Life and Technology to Enhance Child Health. Meghan received her BA in Mathematics with a specialization in Statistics, and her MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Boston University. She has experience in qualitative and quantitative methods, and has supported a range of projects, including longitudinal epidemiologic studies and intervention work. Her research interests focus on early life childhood obesity prevention efforts among racial/ethnic minority and low-income populations.
Project Managerchoran2@partners.orgChrissy Horan, MPH, is a Project Manager in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. She has worked with Dr. Taveras for 5 years managing large, clinic based randomized controlled trials focused on the treatment and management of pediatric obesity, including High Five for Kids and STAR. She currently manages the Connect 4 Health study. She received her BA in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University and her MPH in Health Communications from Tufts University.
Senior Health Educator firstname.lastname@example.orgSarah Price, MPH is the Senior Health Educator in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. She has worked with Dr. Taveras since 2005 leading the health education components of studies including High Five for Kids, Mommy & Me, and STAR. She received a BA in Sociology and Studio Art from Pomona College and an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Staff Assistant & Clinical Research Coordinator email@example.comMiriam Brody is a Staff Assistant and Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. In addition to supporting Dr. Taveras and Dr. Sharifi, she helps to manage Division operations and works on the Family Experiences in Early Life study, Mass in Motion Kids, and Technology to Enhance Child Health. Miriam received her BA in Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a MPH candidate with a focus in Biostatistics from Boston University in 2016.
Clinical Research Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.orgSavannah Vicente is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of General Pediatrics. She supports the Mass in Motion Kids project. Savannah received her BS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Clinical Research Coordinator email@example.comGabriella de Paz is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of General Pediatrics. She supports several projects in the Division, including Mass in Motion Kids and Technology to Enhance Child Health. Gabi received her BS in Biological Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Project Managerjdrehmer@partners.org Jeremy Drehmer, MPH, is a Project Manager in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. He has worked with Dr. Winickoff for over 5 years and manages a tobacco control research program in the Division, including the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure study. Jeremy received his BA in Psychology from DePaul University and his MPH in Epidemiology from The George Washington University. He is also a Certified Public Health professional by The National Board of Public Health Examiners. He has experience in managing and analyzing data for clinical trials, and has worked on a number of pediatric-focused research studies throughout his career. His research interests include the development of tobacco cessation interventions, public health prevention efforts, and health psychology.
Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research FellowshipOptimizing the well-being of children is essential to assure health and economic productivity in adulthood. The goal of the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research (HSR) Fellowship is to train outstanding researchers who can address critical gaps in primary care for children and fundamentally improve the capacity of the US health care system to meet the needs of children and families, including socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations. Learn more.
Obesity-Focused Faculty Positions, Division of General Academic PediatricsMassGeneral Hospital for Children, Harvard Medical School
The Division of General Academic Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical School is seeking applications for full-time faculty members at the level of Instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with a research focus on obesity prevention and management. The faculty member will develop, implement, and evaluate research studies on obesity and related behaviors including nutrition, physical activity, and sleep health. The position provides a unique opportunity to develop and translate evidence-based approaches to obesity prevention into interventions that directly impact children’s health and to rigorously evaluate the impact of such interventions across clinical and community settings.
The Division of General Academic Pediatric is a research division in the Department of Pediatrics within MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), a leading pediatric research institution. The Division of General Academic Pediatrics is dedicated to improving the health of children and adolescents through: (1) prevention and reduction of the burden of chronic disease among children; (2) elimination of disparities in children’s health and healthcare; (3) improving the health of populations across the lifecourse; and (4) preparing and supporting primary care pediatricians and pediatric public health practitioners in the delivery of health care innovations and in the conduct of research that leverages clinical and community partnerships.
Clinician-researchers and non-clinician doctoral-level researchers are invited to apply. The Division seeks candidates with expertise in patient-centered outcomes research, health services research, clinical trials, epidemiology, or a related field to build independent research programs in obesity. Successful applicants will generally have a track record of federal funding or plans to seek such funding, a record of high quality peer-reviewed publications, and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary research team. We seek to attract an active and diverse faculty. Academic rank at Harvard Medical School (Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor) and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Part-time clinical practice opportunities are possible in pediatric weight management and/or general pediatrics as are joint appointments across other Harvard institutions.
Applicants should submit a cover letter describing research interests, a curriculum vitae, a PDF of a recent peer-reviewed publication (if available), and names of 3 references to:
Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics MassGeneral Hospital for Children Associate Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Alexy Arauz Boudreau, MD: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Boudreau+AA%5BAuthor%5D
John Patrick Co, MD: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Co+JP%5BAuthor%5D
Elizabeth Goodman, MD: http://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/1487
Milton Kotelchuck, PhD, MPH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Kotelchuck+M%5BAuthor%5D
Karen Kuhlthau, PhD: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Kuhlthau+K%5BAuthor%5D
Nicolas Oreskovic, MD, MPH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Oreskovic+NM%5BAuthor%5D
Mark Pachucki, PhD: https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/12245
James Perrin, MD, FAAP: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Perrin+JM%5BAuthor%5D
Mona Sharifi, MD, MPH: http://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/49361
Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH: http://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/34001
Jeanne Van Cleave, MD: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Van+Cleave+J%5BAuthor%5D
Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Winickoff+JP%5BAuthor%5D
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