Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston LEAH Website

Boston Children’s Hospital
Division of Adolescent Medicine
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-355-6539

Project Director

S. Jean Emans, MD
(617) 355-7170


  • The Boston LEAH is located in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, the major pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
  • Boston LEAH is affiliated with Harvard Medical School, as well as the Harvard School of Public Health, and other hospitals and universities in the area.


The Boston LEAH Program is dedicated

  • To providing interdisciplinary training of diverse health professionals in 5 Core disciplines (medicine, psychology, nursing, nutrition, and social work) for leadership roles in clinical care, research, training, advocacy, administration, and the development of health services for adolescents, including those with special health care needs.
  • To developing and improving youth-centered/ family-involved, culturally competent, community-based care for adolescents, through the efforts of interdisciplinary faculty and fellows working in partnership with Title V and other programs and organizations with a MCH focus.
  • To work toward improved health status of adolescents, reduction of health disparities, quality care, and HP 2020 Adolescent Objectives through partnerships with local, state and national health, educational, social service, and mental health agencies, community programs, professional organizations, providers, youth, and families

Philosophy and Guiding Principles

  • The LEAH Program at Boston Children’s Hospital provides leadership training to physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and nutritionists through interdisciplinary and discipline specific curricula including seminars in adolescent health promotion and prevention, research, advocacy, Life Course, public policy, nutrition, eating disorders and obesity, cultural competency, and teaching. Our curriculum integrates a biological and developmental framework, and works toward the improvement of adolescent health, locally and nationally through partnerships with families and youth, providers, state and local agencies, and professional organizations.
  • The Boston LEAH Program is guided by the MCH goals of eliminating barriers and health disparities, ensuring quality care, and improving health infrastructure and systems.

Scientific and Research Capabilities

  • The Boston LEAH faculty have many research projects funded by the NIH, NIAAA, MCH, OAPP, ACS, CDC, and Foundations in areas such as preventive care, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, STD screening, mental health, eating disorders, HIV care, health services research, substance abuse, teen parenting, asthma, vitamin D, bone health, obesity, GLBT youth, media, and nutrition.
  • In the past 5 years, Boston LEAH published over 1200 articles, chapters, books, videotapes, cases, and Internet resources and gave over 2200 presentations.

Academic Training Programs

  • The LEAH Program at Boston Children’s Hospital offers a three year Adolescent Medicine fellowship (2 years for internal medicine and family practice), one year fellowships in nursing, social work, and psychology, and  nutrition.
  • LEAH faculty direct 3 Continuing Education courses on adolescent health each year. The courses have included: Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, HIV care, Leadership, and Effective Mentoring.
  • LEAH faculty also train pediatric, internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, and gynecology residents, nurse practitioner students, social work interns, and nutrition interns.

Distance Learning

  • The Center for Young Women’s Health (CYWH): provides teen girls health information in English and Spanish, curricula as well as online chats on issues such as PCOS, Endometriosis, and MRKH.
  • The Center for Media and Child Health: provides online resources for parents, teachers, health professionals, and the public on media and their effects on the physical, mental, and social health of all children.
  • The Young Men’s Health Initiative: was launched in 2008 to provide teen boys with health information.
  • Pedicases: provides health care professional with case-based learning on growth, development, and adolescent health and is under revision.
  • Blog for youth:

Clinical Programs

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Boston HAPPENS for HIV positive and at risk youth
  • Young Parents Program (YPP)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Asthma
  • Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Gynecology
  • PREP Obesity Clinic
  • Department of Youth Services
  • Satellites, college and school health services

Professional Relationships

  • Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine
  • New England Regional Chapter, Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Psychological Association

Core Faculty

S. Jean Emans, MD
Director of the Boston LEAH Program; Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine;
Co-Director, Center for Young Women’s Health

Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD
Associate Program Director; Director of the Psychology Fellowship

Maurice Melchiono, RN, CFNP
Co-Director of the Nursing Fellowship

Pamela Burke, RN, CFNP, CPNP, PhD
Co-Director of the Nursing Fellowship

Judith Siegel, MSW, LICSW
Director of the Social Work Fellowship

Lauren Cullity, MS, RD, LDN
Co-Director of the Nutrition Fellowship

Katrina Schroeder, RD, LDN
Co-Director of the Nutrition Fellowship

Cathryn Samples, MD, MPH
Director of Community Based Programs; Assistant in Medicine

Elizabeth Woods, MD, MPH
Associate Chief, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine; Director of Research; Director of QI and Evaluation

S. Bryn Austin, ScD
Director of Research Training for Fellows

Sara Forman, MD
Director, Outpatient Eating Disorders Program; Director of Resident and Medical Student Training

Sarah Pitts, MD
Program of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship


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