Child & Adolescent Health

“We’re working with families, helping them make healthy eating, exercise, and preventive care part of their busy daily lives.”

Paula Lozano, MD, MPH
Assistant Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente Washington Department of Preventive Care
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute Senior Investigator
Washington Permanente Medical Group, Pediatrics

Research overview

Babies, children, and teens have specific health needs. Research at Kaiser Permanente Washington covers family health from pregnancy through childhood and early adulthood.

“Healthy childhood habits can lead to a healthier adulthood,” says Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) and assistant medical director for preventive care at Kaiser Permanente Washington. “So we’re working with families, helping them make healthy eating, exercise, and preventive care part of their busy daily lives.” Dr. Lozano also focuses on meeting the health needs of disadvantaged youth and communicating health information effectively to all families, regardless of their primary language and cultural background.

KPWHRI research topics in child and adolescent health include:

  • Systems of care for children with chronic conditions.
  • Weight management approaches for children with obesity.
  • Drug safety during pregnancy.
  • Addressing disparities in asthma care.
  • Disease prevention through vaccines.
  • Adolescent depression.
  • Preventing family and teen smoking.

"Children are not just miniature adults,” says David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, KPWHRI senior investigator and Kaiser Permanente Washington medical director for population & purchaser strategy. “We’re studying how best to meet to their unique health needs, especially how to encourage healthy behavior during childhood and adolescence."

Recent publications on Child & Adolescent Health

Simon GE, Stewart C, Yarborough BJ, Lynch F, Coleman KJ, Beck A, Operskalski BH, Penfold RB, Hunkeler EM. Mortality rates after the first diagnosis of psychotic disorder in adolescents and young adults. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Jan 31. pii: 2670697. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.4437. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Simon GE, Stewart C, Hunkeler EM, Yarborough BJ, Lynch F, Coleman KJ, Beck A, Operskalski BH, Penfold RB, Carrell DS. Care pathways before first diagnosis of a psychotic disorder in adolescents and young adults. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Jan 24:appiajp201717080844. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.17080844. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Dickerson JF, Lynch FL, Leo MC, DeBar LL, Pearson J, Clarke GN. Cost-effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depressed Youth Declining Antidepressants. LID - e20171969 [pii] LID - 10.1542/peds.2017-1969 [doi] Pediatrics. 2018 Jan 19. pii: peds.2017-1969. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-1969 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Owens DK, Barry MJ, Davidson KW, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kurth AE, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Phipps MG, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW. Screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2018;319(2):165-172. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.19342. PubMed

Dunn J, Henrikson NB, Morrison CC, Blasi PR, Nguyen M, Lin JS. Screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2018 Jan 9;319(2):173-187. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.11669. PubMed

Researchers in Child & Adolescent Health

David C. Grossman, MD, MPH

Sr Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute; Sr Associate Medical Director, Market Strategy & Public Policy and Physician, Pediatrics, Washington Permanente Medical Group
206-287-2948
grossman.d@ghc.org

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Paula Lozano, MD, MPH

Sr Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute; Associate Medical Director for Research and Translation & Physician, Pediatrics, Washington Permanente Medical Group
206-884-8241
lozano.p@ghc.org

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Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator
206-442-5216
jackson.l@ghc.org

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Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH

Associate Investigator
206-287-2220
jackson.ml@ghc.org

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Delia Scholes, PhD

Senior Investigator
206-287-2888
scholes.d@ghc.org

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Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD

Associate Investigator
206-287-2870
dublin.s@ghc.org

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Cara C. Lewis, PhD, HSPP

Associate Investigator
206-442-4076
lewis.cc@ghc.org

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