University of Washington

UW LEAH Website

Seattle Children’s Hospital
Division of Adolescent Medicine
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.987.2862
Email: UWLEAH@nulluw.edu
Blog for parents of adolescents: http://teenology101.seattlechildrens.org

Project Director

Laura P. Richardson, MD, MPH
(206) 987-2028
laura.richardson@nullseattlechildrens.org

Program Coordinator

Inga Manskopf
UWLEAH@nullseattlechildrens.org

Settings

  • The University of Washington LEAH program is located in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, the major pediatric teaching hospital of the University of Washington.
  • UW LEAH is affiliated with University of Washington School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences, and the School of Public Health.

Mission

The UW LEAH Program is dedicated:

  • To training future leaders in adolescent health in medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and social work as well as other key adolescent health disciplines. Didactic and hands-on training activities focus on leadership skills for interprofessional clinical care, research, policy, advocacy, and the development of health services for adolescents, including those with special health care needs.
  • To reducing health disparities through the development of youth-centered, family-involved, culturally competent, community-based care for adolescents in partnership with Title V programs in the 5-state area served by the UW LEAH program (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) and MCH Region X.

Philosophy and Guiding Principles

  • The UW LEAH Program is guided by the MCH goals of eliminating barriers and health disparities, ensuring quality care, increasing diversity and representativeness of health care professionals, and improving health infrastructure and systems.
  • The UW LEAH Program provides leadership training to nurses, nutritionists, physicians, psychologists, social workers, and other professionals through interprofessional and discipline-specific curricula including seminars in:
    • Adolescent Behavior, Growth, and Development
    • Advocacy
    • Health Equity
    • Community-based prevention
    • Cultural competency
    • Youth engagement and development
    • Health promotion
    • Quality Improvement
    • Leadership skills
    • Life Course theory
    • Problem and disease prevention
    • Public policy
    • Research
    • 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.

Scientific and Research Capabilities

The UW LEAH faculty has a long history of collaborative interdisciplinary research with many active research projects funded by the NIH, MCH, CDC, PCORI, AHRQ, and private foundations.

Research expertise of UW LEAH faculty covers a broad range of methodologies and content areas, including:

  • Community-based prevention and promotion of healthy development
  • Complementary and  alternative therapies
  • Eating disorders
  • Health services research
  • Improving services for foster care youth
  • Improving health care access through telemedicine and technology
  • Interventions to improve sleep and promote healthy development
  • LGBTQ youth
  • Gynecology
  • Mental health disorder prevention and treatment integration in primary care settings
  • Media use
  • Obesity and nutrition
  • STD  and HIV care
  • Substance use prevention and treatment

Research expertise of UW LEAH faculty covers a broad range of methodologies and content areas, including:

  • Asthma
  • Community-based prevention and promotion of healthy development
  • Complementary and  alternative therapies
  • Eating disorders
  • Health services research
  • Improving services for foster care youth
  • Improving health care access through telemedicine and technology
  • Interventions to improve sleep and promote healthy development
  • GLBT youth
  • Gynecology
  • Mental health disorder prevention and treatment integration in primary care settings
  • Media use
  • Obesity and nutrition
  • STD  and HIV care
  • Substance use prevention and treatment
  • Teen parenting

Academic Training Programs

  • The UW LEAH Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital offers a three year Adolescent Medicine fellowship , one year fellowships in Nursing, Nutrition, and Social Work, and  a 1-2 year Postdoctoral Fellowship for Psychology.
  • UW LEAH is a part of the UW MCH Consortium, which includes five other MCHB training programs:
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC)
  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)
  • Leadership Education in Pediatric Dentistry (LEPED)
  • MCH Leadership in Public Health (MCH-PH)
  • Seattle Site for Partners in Excellence for Leadership Training in MCH Nutrition (home institution – University of California, Los Angeles)

Distance Learning

Our goal is to provide distance learning to low-resource regions such as Eastern Washington, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Clinical Programs

Partners

  • Atlantic Street Center
  • Harborview Injury and Prevention Research Center Nutritional Sciences Department
  • Healthcare for the Homeless Network
  • Maternal and Child Health BureauTitle V: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho
  • National Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • Neighborcare Health
  • Prevention Works in Seattle (WINS)
  • Public Health Seattle & King County
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine
  • US DHHS, Region X
  • University of Washington
    • Department of Pediatrics
    • Division of Adolescent Medicine
    • Department of Psychiatry
    • School of  Nursing
    • Social Development Research Group
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Social Work
    • Social Development Research Group
    • UW MCH Consortium
    • UW Center for AIDS and STD
  • Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • WA State Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Program
  • Youth Suicide Prevention Program Seattle

 

Core Faculty

Laura Richardson, MD, MPH
Director of the UW LEAH Program; Interim Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Medicine Co-Lead

Cari McCarty, PhD
Associate Director of the UW LEAH Program
Psychology Co-Lead

Mylien Duong, PhD
Psychology Co-Lead

Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH
Medicine Co-Lead

Andrea Landis, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Nursing Co-Lead

Janet Cady, MN, ARNP
Nursing Co-Lead

Erik Schlocker, MSW, LICSW
Social Work Lead

Rico Catalano, PhD
Social Work Faculty

Alicia Dixon Docter, RD, CD, MS
Nutrition Lead, Training Director

Sara Handschin, PA
LEAH faculty, Clinical Coordinator

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