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Adolescent Medicine Research

Faculty in the Division of Adolescent Medicine have published in their field and participate in ongoing studies to further knowledge. Search our listing of current clinical trials and review our recent publications for more information.

Currently open protocols include:

  • HIV Testing and Counseling (CDPH)
  • Violence and Victimization in Young Transgender Women (Ages 16-24) (NIH)
  • Positive STEPS: Strategies to Enhance Problem-solving Skills (NINR)
  • MyPEEPS Mobile: Male Youth Pursuing Education, Empowerment & Prevention around Sexuality (NIH)
  • Chicago Unites in Research to End HIV (CURE HIV)
  • Trans Youth Decision-Making Project (NICHD)
  • Transgender Youth Care Study, “The Imparct of Early Medical Treatment in Transgender Youth” (NIH)

The primary research interests of division faculty members are below:

  • Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH is the division chief and directs the Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention as well as the Gender and Sex Development Program. Garofalo is committed to supporting marginalized youth populations, including HIV+ and LGBTQ young people, through clinical care, community engagement and behavioral research. His primary research focus lies with HIV and STI prevention among LGBTQ youth and with the care and support of transgender and gender expansive youth and young adults and their families.
  • Lisa Kuhns, PhD is primarily interested in the prevention of behavioral transmission of HIV infection in adolescent and young adult populations at high risk, including sexual and gender minorities.
  • Lisa Simons, MD is primarily interested in healthcare for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, adolescent HIV prevention and treatment, LGBT health and healthcare for homeless and high-risk youth populations.
  • Diane Chen, PhD
  • Claire Coyne, PhD
  • Maria Rahmandar, MD
  • Amy Johnson, MSW, PhD

Faculty in the division have a growing presence in the field and present at many national conferences and organizations. For more information on research specifics in the division and the Department of Pediatrics as a whole, please see the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute website.

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