Child & Adolescent Health

“Kids have so much potential. How can we optimize their health?”

Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH
Vice President for Research and Health Care Innovation
Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute Senior Investigator

 

Research overview

Babies, children, and teens have specific health needs. Research and evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) covers family health from pregnancy through childhood and early adulthood.

KPWHRI research and evaluation topics in child and adolescent health include:

  • drug safety during pregnancy
  • pediatric care quality in health systems
  • quality of care for respiratory illnesses
  • care and transitions for hospitalized children
  • implementation of screening for adverse childhood experiences
  • quality of youth mental health care
  • programs to support trauma and resilience-informed care for youth
  • impact of social determinants of health
  • disease prevention through vaccines

“We’re working with families, helping them make healthy eating, exercise, and preventive care part of their busy daily lives,” says Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, Washington Permanente Medical Group associate medical director for research and translation, KPWHRI senior investigator, and Washington Permanente Medical Group pediatrician.​​​​​​

Recent publications on Child & Adolescent Health

Carlson JA, Ridgers ND, Nakandala S, Zablocki R, Tuz-Zahra F, Bellettiere J, Hibbing PR, Steel C, Jankowska MM, Rosenberg DE, Greenwood-Hickman MA, Zou J, LaCroix AZ, Kumar A, Natarajan L. CHAP-Child: An open source method for estimating sit-to-stand transitions and sedentary bout patterns from hip accelerometers among children. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 022 Aug 26;19(1):109. doi: 10.1186/s12966-022-01349-2. PubMed

Casey Lion K, Arthur KC, García MF, Hsu C, Sotelo Guerra LJ, Chisholm H, Griego E, Ebel BE, Penfold RB, Rafton S, Zhou C, Mangione-Smith R. Pilot evaluation of the Family Bridge Program, a communication- and culture-focused inpatient patient navigation program. Acad Pediatr. 2023 Jun 22:S1876-2859(23)00228-0. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2023.06.021. Online ahead of print. PubMed

Cashman MA, McCann BS. Behavioral approaches to sleep/wake disorders in children and adolescents.  Prog Behav Modif. 1988;22:215-83. PubMed

Charbonneau DR, Cheadle A, Orbe C, Frey M, Gaolach B. FEEST on this: youth engagement for community change in the King County Food and Fitness Initiative. Comm Dev. 2014;45(3):240-51. Epub 2014 April 14.

Chavez LJ, Kelleher KJ, Beck A, Clarke GN, Penfold RB. Trends over time in antipsychotic initiation at a large children's health care system.  J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2021 Jun;31(5):381-386. doi: 10.1089/cap.2020.0190. PubMed

Researchers in Child & Adolescent Health

Paula Lozano, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator; Director, ACT Center
206-287-2113
Paula.Lozano@kp.org

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Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator
Lisa.A.Jackson@kp.org

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Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD

Senior Investigator
206-287-2870
Sascha.Dublin@kp.org

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Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH

Executive Director and Senior Investigator, KPWHRI; Vice President for Research and Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Permanente Washington
206-287-2988
Rita.M.Mangione-Smith@kp.org

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Robert Penfold, PhD

Senior Investigator
206-287-2232
Robert.B.Penfold@kp.org

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Rosemary Meza, PhD, MS

Collaborative Scientist
Rosemary.X1.Meza@kp.org

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Annie Hoopes, MD, MPH

Acting Assistant Investigator
Andrea.J1.Hoopes@kp.org

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adjunct and Affiliate researchers

John Dunn, MD, MPH
Pediatrician
Washington Permanente Medical Group
Medical Director of Preventive Care
Kaiser Permanente Washington

Gina Sucato, MD, MPH
Director of Adolescent Health Services
Washington Permanente Medical Group

Doug Opel, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics 
University of Washington

Laura P. Richardson, MD, MPH
Adolescent Medicine
Seattle Children's Hospital
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Washington