Division faculty conduct research on a wide variety of children’s health and health care issues, including:

  • Improving the health and health care of underserved children, including those who are poor, are uninsured, racial/ethnic minorities, immigrants, facing language barriers, and have special health care needs
  • Racial/ethnic disparities in children’s health and health care
  • Community-based interventions for improving the health and health care of underserved children
  • Insuring uninsured children
  • Testing innovative interventions for chronic disease management
  • Language, culture, and health care
  • Latino children’s health
  • Preventing pediatric hospitalization
  • Factors that delay hospital discharges for children; family-centered rounds
  • Prevention of youth violence and bullying 
  • Preventing teen pregnancy; the HPV vaccine; and use of text messages for adolescent outpatient appointment reminders
  • Understanding and preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Health policy

Faculty Research Interests

May Lau, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor
Research interests include:

  • Racial/ethnic disparities in adolescent health and health care
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Human papillomavirus vaccination in adolescents
  • Text messaging, and health and health care in adolescents

Nancy R. Kelly, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor
Director, Residents’ Continuity Clinic
Research interests include:

  • Resident education
  • Poison and injury prevention
  • Immunizations

Vineeta Mittal, M.D.

Associate Professor
Research interests include:

  • Family-centered rounds
  • Improving quality of inpatient care
  • Avoidable hospitalizations

Christy Turer, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Research interests include:

  • Disparities in overweight and obese patients
  • Evaluating safe and effective weight loss interventions for children
  • Factors associated with adverse health outcomes in obese children
  • Behavioral factors associated with improved health outcomes for children of obese mothers
  • Evaluation of the safety, effectiveness, and feasibility of dietary and behavioral interventions to improve obesity-related disease and quality of life for children and families