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

Rivera Nales CJ, Triplett NS, Woodard GS, Meza R, Valdivieso A, Goel V, Dorsey S, Berliner L, Martin P CBT+ training initiative in Washington state community mental health: An evaluation of child clinical outcomes. Community Ment Health J. 2023 Oct 26. doi: 10.1007/s10597-023-01194-y. Online ahead of print. PubMed

Marlow EC, Ducore JM, Kwan ML, Bowles EJA, Greenlee RT, Pole JD, Rahm AK, Stout NK, Weinmann S, Smith-Bindman R, Miglioretti DL. Medical imaging utilization and associated radiation exposure in children with down syndrome. PLoS One. 2023 Sep 6;18(9):e0289957. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0289957. eCollection 2023. PubMed

Hibbing PR, Carlson JA, Steel C, Greenwood-Hickman MA, Nakandala S, Jankowska MM, Bellettiere J, Zou J, LaCroix AZ, Kumar A, Katzmarzyk PT, Natarajan L. Low movement, deep-learned sitting patterns, and sedentary behavior in the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE). Int J Obes (Lond). 2023 Aug 14. doi: 10.1038/s41366-023-01364-8. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Hoopes AJ, Akers AY, Jimenez-Zambrano A, Cain S, Maslowsky J, Sheeder J. Development of a clinical questionnaire to support contraception decisions in an adolescent reproductive health clinic in Colorado. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2023 Sep;55(3):140-152. doi: 10.1363/psrh.12242. Epub 2023 Aug 9. PubMed

Vear K, Esbrook E, Padley E, Maslowsky J, Allison BA, Hoopes AJ. "Time and money and support": Adolescents and young adults’ perceived social and logistical support needs for safe abortion care. Contraception. 2023 Oct;126:110128. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2023.110128. Epub 2023 Jul 23. 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