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

Hsu C, Evers S, Ibrahim A, Patricia M, Throne P, Melton M, Marcuse EK, Ali A, Dunn J, Hofstetter AM. Sometimes your heart says 'I don't know': Insights from parents of undervaccinated children. Acad Pediatr. 2022 Oct 10:S1876-2859(22)00526-5. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2022.10.002. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Hoopes AJ, Maslowsky J, Baca MA, Goldberg J, Harrison ME, Hwang LY, Romano M, Tebb K, Tyson N, Grubb LK. Elevating the needs of minor adolescents in a landscape of reduced abortion access in the United States. J Adolesc Health. 2022 Sep 9:S1054-139X(22)00578-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.08.007. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

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

Hoopes AJ, Brandzel SD, Luce C, Ferguson DM, Shulman L, Chavez B, Lozano P, Lapham GT. What do adolescents and their parents need from mental health integration in primary care? A qualitative exploration of design insights. J Pediatr Health Care. 2022 Aug 8:S0891-5245(22)00174-2. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2022.06.006. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Evers S, Hsu C, Gray MF, Chisolm DJ, Dolcé M, Autio K, Thompson EE, Ervin E, Quintana LM, Beck A, Hansell L, Penfold R. Decision-making among adolescents prescribed antipsychotic medications: Interviews to gain perspectives of youth without psychosis or mania. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2022 Jun 12;13591045221105197. doi: 10.1177/13591045221105197. Online ahead of print. PubMed

Researchers in Child & Adolescent Health

Paula Lozano, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator
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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Cara C. Lewis, PhD

Senior Investigator
206-442-4076
Cara.C.Lewis@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 J. Hoopes, MD, MPH

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

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Ruben Martinez, PhD

Collaborative Scientist
Ruben.G.Martinez@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