The research conducted by the Pediatric Health and Development Lab is primarily focused in the following two areas: (1) Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease, and (2) Sleep and Pediatric Health Disparities. In addition, we collaborate with other research teams on work focused on the influence of adverse childhood experiences on youth health outcomes.
SCD is the most common inherited red blood cell disorder in the world, affecting approximately 100,000 Americans and millions worldwide. Individuals with SCD can face a host of medical complications (e.g., pain, sleep disorders, fatigue, and organ damage), as well as psychological and social challenges, and difficulties accessing and using the health care system. Our focus is on shedding light on the daily lives and experiences of individuals with SCD, with a focus on documenting both risk and resilience factors and processes within the population. Our current foci in this area include:
Poor sleep is a national epidemic in the US, affecting 25-40% of youth. It puts individuals at higher risk for pain, obesity, heart disease, and a host of other poor health outcomes. Emerging research indicates that sleep plays a role in maintaining health disparities. Our current foci in this area include:
We are also working on collaborative projects to understand and address the influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on youth health outcomes. Our current foci in this area include: