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

Lozano P, Finkelstein JA, Carey VJ, Hecht J, Laranjo N, Arduino, Shulruff R, Weiss KB. Asthma medication use and disease burden among children in a primary care population: Are we following the guidelines? Ped Res. 2000;47:207A.

Lieu TA, Farber HJ, Lozano P, Finkelstein JA, Chi FW, Jensvold NG, Capra AM, Quesenberry CP, Selby JV. Racial/ethnic variation in asthma status and processes of care among children with managed Medicaid. Ped Res. 2000;47:152A.

Farber HJ, Lieu TA, Lozano P, Capra AM, Chi FW, Jensvold NG, Finkelstein JA. Parent understanding of role of asthma medication in a Medicaid managed care population. Ped Res. 2000;47:477A.

Johnston BD, Grossman DC, Connell FA, Koepsell TD. High-risk periods for childhood injury among siblings.  Pediatrics. 2000;105(3 Pt 1):562-8. PubMed

Grossman D. Adolescent injury prevention and clinicians: time for instant messaging. Physicians can help to reduce pointless and early deaths.  West J Med. 2000;172(3):151-2. PubMed

Researchers in Child & Adolescent Health

Paula Lozano, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator; Director, ACT Center

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Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator

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Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD

Senior Investigator

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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

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Robert Penfold, PhD

Senior Investigator

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Rosemary Meza, PhD, MS

Collaborative Scientist

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Annie Hoopes, MD, MPH

Acting Assistant Investigator

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adjunct and Affiliate researchers

John Dunn, MD, MPH
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