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Academic General Pediatrics

All faculty are actively involved in research as principal investigators or co-investigators, scholarly or advocacy projects, and/or mentoring residents or medical students with their research projects.  Research interests are diverse and include health disparities, immunization and preventative health, parental vaccine hesitancy, improving breastfeeding outcomes, premature infants and breastfeeding, health literacy and educational interventions, post-partum depression screening and interventions, WIC utility, adverse childhood experiences (ACES) screening implementation, medical education and quality improvement.  Our faculty have numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and have presented at local, national and international conferences. Many of our faculty are very involved with the American Academy of Pediatrics' local chapter and have curated and implemented educational projects for our community's families, pediatricians or other public health professionals.  Please see faculty profiles for further information. ​​

Newborn Medicine

Newborn hospitalists are active in quality and clinical research and productive scholars, with multiple publications, presentations, and advocacy projects.  Areas of scholarly interest among our faculty include:​
  • Breastfeeding​
  • Child Safety​
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion​
  • Hypoglycemia​
  • Late preterm infants​
  • Milk banking​
  • Quality improvement​
We are eager to collaborate with faculty who share similar interests.  We also frequently mentor residents and medical students to complete scholarly and advocacy projects related to newborn medicine.  Please see faculty profile pages for recent publications.​

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics​


Improving Care for Patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – A Quality Improvement Project ​
Faculty Investigator(s): Yi Hui Liu, Lauren Gist​
Funding Source: N/A​
Project Dates: August 2015-present​
Aim: To improve the quality of care for patients seen for ADHD through implementation of guidelines created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, with focus on follow up of patients treated with medications for ADHD. ​​
Biopsychosocial Determinants of Adolescent Obesity/Cardiovascular Risk ​
Faculty Investigator(s): Sheila Gahagan​
Funding Source: NIH/NHLBI​
Aim: This project aims to understand biological and psychosocial risks and circadian patterns on the development of obesity and metabolic risks in a cohort of Chilean young adults studied since infancy. 5R01HL088530-09 ​​
Neuromaturational Delays in Iron Deficient Anemic Infants​
Faculty Investigator(s): Sheila Gahagan (co-PI)​
Funding Source: NIH/NICHD​
Aim: The proposed project will determine long-term neurobiological effects of IDA in infancy, adult functional outcomes related to preventing IDA in infancy, and long-term effects of giving iron to iron-sufficient infants. 2R01HD033487-2​