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Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsResearch interests include high-risk youth, adolescent health services, and the juvenile justice system.
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
BioJennifer Carlson, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford. During her time at Stanford, she has served in a range of both clinical roles (providing care in the ambulatory, inpatient, and consultative services) and educational roles (serving as rotation director, pediatric resident coach, program director for Adolescent Medicine fellowship, member of the Fellows in Adolescent Medicine Learning Initiative (FAMLI)). She has led/collaborated on program initiatives with the goal of improving health access, particularly for the adolescent-aged population. These programs have included the Virtual PrEP clinic, inpatient Reproductive Consultation service, outpatient Joint Reproductive Health clinics, and Eating Disorders Telehealth program.
In addition to Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Carlson is board-certified in Clinical Informatics. She has served as the Medical Director of Patients Portals since 2016 and is a member of the Epic Adolescent Medicine Steering Board/BrainTrust. In her role as Clinical Informaticist, she has worked to expand and enhance information access for patients and families and published widely on novel approaches to portal development and management of confidentiality within the electronic health record (EHR). She has collaborated on the Epic White paper for managing confidentiality within the EHR and co-authored a multi-organization position statement on the topic.
Operationally, Dr. Carlson has held positions as physician-at-large for the LPCH Executive committee, Medical Director of the South Bay clinics, and member of the Operations Leadership Steering committee for the hospital.
Specific areas of interest and scholarship include:
1)Improving health equity and health access for the pediatric population- particularly for the adolescent and young adult age range- through novel program development (such as Virtual PrEP clinic).
2)Developing foundational and systemic approaches to managing health information within the EHR to allow for optimal health care for all patients. This includes ensuring that private and confidential information is protected within the electronic health record and non-private information is easily accessible to patients and families.
3)Improving systems for screening and management of psychosocial factors that affect the health of youth and families (ie, social determinants of health, universal depression screening, etc).
Instructor, Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
BioShivani applies both quantitative and qualitative experimental and implementation research to develop and evaluate public health programs, that may ultimately contribute to healthy behaviors among adolescents. Her current research focuses on three key areas:
(1) Assessing youth patterns of use and perceptions about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or vapes) and other substances;
(2) Understanding why youth use e-cigarettes - the impact of marketing influences and using e-cigarettes to cope with stress; and
(3) Evaluating school-based educational interventions to reduce e-cigarette use.
In addition to research, Shivani enjoys teaching research methods and mentoring residents, fellows, postdoctoral trainees and students.
Through her Ph.D., Shivani developed and evaluated an arts-based educational program to reduce mental-health-related stigma in India. The program had a large, significant and positive effect on participants - they desired greater social proximity to people living with mental health problems. During this time, she also became interested in the intersection between mental health and substance use, a common theme in her interactions with youth. She also refined her skills in statistical analysis, study design and project management. Her interdisciplinary Ph.D. research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was supported by the PHFI-UKC Wellcome Trust Capacity Strengthening Award (2014-18). In 2017, she received the LSHTM Public Engagement Small Grant to strengthen school teachers’ understanding of mental health problems, which resulted in a monthly column in a popular educational magazine, reaching approximately 40,000 Indian teachers every month.
Previously, Shivani designed, implemented and evaluated health communication and behavior change initiatives at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) from 2008-2014. She is especially passionate about designing educational public health programs to break silences around contentious public health issues, using participatory media and entertainment-education. At PHFI, she spearheaded health communication and community engagement programs aimed at changing behavior related to healthy lifestyles, sexual and reproductive health, maternal and neonatal care, menstrual hygiene, avoidable blindness and mental health. In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and community-based organizations, she led three educational interventions: a community awareness campaign, which improved treatment-seeking behavior for mental disorders in underserved areas; a website targeting young people to improve their lifestyle; and entertainment-education-based participatory action research to improve sexual and reproductive health.
Neville H. Golden M.D.
Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research has focused on the medical complications of adolescents with eating disorders. My specific area of study has been the etiology and implications of amenorrhea in adolescents with eating disorders, in particular the management of reduced bone mass and osteoporosis in anorexia nervosa.
Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor of Pediatrics and Professor, by courtesy, of Epidemiology and Population Health and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsResearch focuses on developmental, cognitive and psychosocial factors involved in adolescents’ and young adults’ health-related decision-making, perceptions of risk and vulnerability, health communication and risk behavior. My research has focused on understanding and reducing health risk behaviors such as tobacco use, alcohol and marijuana use, risky driving, and risky sexual behavior.