APA RSP Leadership

AlexSarah Armstrong, MD, FAAP

Sarah Armstrong, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University, is founding Director of Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles, a pediatric weight management program, and Medical Director of Bull City Fit, a community-based partnership with Durham Parks and Recreation which offers free wellness activities for children with obesity and their families. Following medical school at the University of Virginia, she completed pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and completed additional pediatric research training through the Academic Pediatric Association. Her research interests are focused on the discovery and testing of novel interventions for treatment of severe child and adolescent obesity, including mobile health technology, community-healthcare partnerships, and by influencing the microbial communities of the human intestine to promote health. She serves on the AAP's Executive Committee for the Section on Obesity, Vice Chair for Research for Duke Children's General Pediatrics, Associate Director for the Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research, and co-Director for the APA's Research Scholars Program.

JaniceJanice Hanson, PhD, EdS

Janice L. Hanson, Ph.D., Ed.S. is Director of Educational Research and Development in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she is also a Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine. Dr. Hanson completed her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Michigan in 1984. After teaching and doing research in Special Education at the George Washington University, Dr. Hanson was Director of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Family-Centered Care, where she developed a group of parent-advisors to the Department of Defense system of services for individuals with special needs and their families and convened a group of parent-advisors to develop curriculum recommendations for the Uniformed Services University H. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. In 1999 Dr. Hanson joined the faculty at the Uniformed Services University and, together with COL Virginia Randall, she developed a large group of patient- and family-advisors to the medical school curriculum and co-taught with these advisors across the four years of medical school. She joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2011. Dr. Hanson's areas of expertise include patient- and family-centered care, patient/physician communication, curriculum development, learner assessment and evaluation in medical education, and qualitative research methods.

AlexAlex Kemper, MD, MPH, MS

Alex R. Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, is a general pediatrician and health services researcher at Duke University. Previously, Dr. Kemper completed fellowship training at the University of North Carolina and was a faculty member at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the evaluation and implementation of preventive care services. He currently Chairs the Condition Review Workgroup for the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. Dr. Kemper also has a strong interest in quality-improvement research methods. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Kemper is the Interim Deputy Editor for PEDIATRICS.

AlanAlan Mendelsohn, MD
Associate Director

Alan Mendelsohn, MD is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician who is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health at New York University School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Mendelsohn is a leader in research education and mentorship. At NYU, he is Director of Research for the Divisions of General and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Co-Director of Biostatistical Analysis Coursework for the NYU Clinical and Translational Science Institute Masters of Science Program in Clinical Investigation, and a member of the NYU Center for Translational Science Institute Scientific Review Committee. Nationally, in addition to his role co-directing the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Research Scholars Program, Dr. Mendelsohn is a member of the NIH/NICHD Biobehavioral and Behavioral Sciences Subcommittee and directs two Young Investigator Awards at national research organizations (one at the APA, one at the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics). Dr. Mendelsohn has a significant advocacy role as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Early Childhood and the Academic Pediatric Association Child Poverty Task Force. He has received national recognition for his work as a Zero to Three Leaders for the 21st Century Harris Fellow. Dr. Mendelsohn's research has focused on poverty-related disparities in critical child outcomes including child development, obesity and chronic disease. He has investigated the role of environmental factors, both psychosocial (responsive parenting, electronic media exposure, maternal depression, maternal literacy/health literacy, feeding practices) and biologic (lead, phthalates), in relation to these outcomes. He is PI of studies demonstrating the role of the pediatric primary care setting as a universal platform for promotion of school readiness through enhanced parenting, through interventions such as Reach out and Read and the Video Interaction Project. Dr. Mendelsohn has had continuous NICHD R01 funding since 2005. Dr. Mendelsohn is a Co-I/Co-PD of three other federally funded studies (NIH and USDA); two of these are designed to determine the impact of obesity-prevention interventions in early childhood, while the third is designed to reduce medication administration errors in the context of low health literacy. Dr. Mendelsohn is also a co-author of an instrument (StimQ) designed to assess the cognitive home environment in low income households.




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