Dr. Parish-Morris investigates social communication, specifically how vocal communication develops in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. She uses computational approaches and machine learning to identify objective and reliable behavioral markers for use in screening, treatment and intervention response tracking, and to advance biological research.
Dr. Ginsburg’s research focuses on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. His current focus is on translating the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals, and communities can use to build resilience.
Dr. Zampella’s research focuses on quantifying movement differences in autism and the role of movement in social communication. She is particularly interested in leveraging technology and dyadic paradigms to capture bidirectional interpersonal movement cues as they unfold in natural contexts.
Dr. Walter's research in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit includes the customization of an interprofessional team and family-based intervention to improve communication about goals of care, and teamwork and evaluation of the intervention. Knowledge gained from this research will guide future interventions to improve outcomes for pediatric patients with advanced heart disease and their families.
Dr. Kersun has a strong interest in trainee education and collaborates with colleagues at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and other institutions to develop innovative methods of teaching various topics in oncology. She also engages in collaborative research related to the communication of difficult news to patients.
Dr. Miller conducts developmentally informed behavioral research to examine the impact of parent-youth communication and decision making on health-related behaviors and outcomes. She aims to conduct research that facilitates youth involvement and empowerment in health-related decision making and enhances parent-youth-provider relationships.
Dr. Akers is an adolescent gynecologist and her research focuses on improving reproductive health outcomes among adolescent women by reducing teen pregnancy, and reducing sexually transmitted infection rates by increasing adolescents’ access to high quality reproductive health services.
Dr. Ford's research focuses on improving adolescent health and addresses issues of adolescent access to high quality health care, adolescent patient-physician communication, and adolescent privacy concerns.
Dr. Iyengar is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician who takes care of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and delays. Her work aims to better address the social determinants of health that impact development in early childhood and to improve developmental screening practices.