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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Pei's research aims to understand the molecular underpinnings of cardiac remodeling associated with cardiomyopathy and heart failure. He is particularly interested in two areas of cardiac remodeling: metabolic reprogramming, and secretion of heart-derived hormones to communicate with other organs.
Dr. Hill’s research interests include identifying strategies to help parents, children, and healthcare providers cope with stressful situations; coping skills in the context of serious illness; how parents develop new goals when a child’s health is declining; good parent beliefs of parents of seriously ill children; and changes in self-concept for parents caring for a child with a life-threatening illness.