Young Investigator Awards

2017 Program Overview

The APA Board of Directors announces the 2017 award cycle of the Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Awards Program. The program provides awards of up to $10,000 or $15,000 (depending upon the specific program) for research by fellows or junior faculty related to child health promotion, health services research, teaching, or patient care. Projects must be consistent with the goals of the APA; preference is given to projects that have the potential to lead to further studies.

Projects supported by the Young Investigator Awards Program, as well as the start dates, numbers of awards available, and funding amounts, vary according to the specific program Overview). The three award categories are:

  • The APA Young Investigator Program broadly funds projects in health services research, medical education, adolescent medicine, public health, epidemiology, emergency medicine, child maltreatment, hospitalist medicine, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, and other general pediatric clinical research domains.Click here for instructions

  • The APA Bright Futures Young Investigator Program supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics funds projects aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of and research base for health supervision in primary care.
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  • The APA Young Investigator Award Program for Primary Care Strategies for the Promotion of Early Literacy and School Readiness Supported by Reach Out and Read funds research projects that focus on interventions in primary care intended to support the early stages of literacy development and school readiness amoung children at risk For Reading Problems or School Failure. Click here for instructions

  • The Nutrition in Underserved Communities Young Investigator Award Program funds research focused on improving nutrition and nutrition-related health issues in children, ages 0-21 in low-income populations. Click here for instructions

Additional information and detailed instructions for each program are enclosed. Please read the instructions carefully prior to preparing your submission. Questions about this program can be directed to to APA central office by calling 703-556-9222 or via email

2016 Young Investigator Awardees

APA Young Investigator Award

  • Edward Cruz, MD, MPH
    Interventions to Help Asthma Clinical Adherence (ITHACA)
    Mentor: Michael Cabana, MD, MPH (University of California San Francisco)
    National Facilitator:  Glenn Flores, MD (Medica Research Institute)

  • Stephanie Doupnik, MD
    Identifying Risk Factors for Poor Hospital Outcomes in Pediatric Asthma Patients with Depression or Anxiety
    Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Mentor: Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
    National Facilitator: James Perrin, MD (MassGeneral Hospital for Children)

  • Alexander Glick, MD
    Investigating the Role of Health Literacy in Parent Understanding and Execution of Discharge Instructions: A First Step to Identifying Strategies to Prevent PostHospitalization Morbidity
    Institution: NYU School of Medicine / Bellevue Hospital Center
    Mentor: H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS (NYU School of Medicine)
    National Facilitator: Joel Tieder, MD, MPH (Seattle Children's Hospital and The University of Washington)

  • Anita Shah, DO
    Effect of Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience on Outcomes After Pediatric Discharge
    Institution: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Mentor: Jeffrey Simmons, MD, MSc (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center)
    National Facilitator: David Keller, MD (University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children's Hospital Colorado)

APA/Bright Futures Young Investigator Award

  • Callie Brown, MD
    Defining Picky Eating and its Relationship to Feeding Behaviors and Obesity
    Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Mentor: Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
    National Facilitator: Ian Paul, MD, MSc (Penn State College of Medicine/Hershey Medical Center)

  • Mersine Bryan, MD
    How can pediatricians use social media to convey high quality health information?
    Institution: University of Washington
    Mentor: Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH (Seattle Children's Hospital)
    National Facilitator: Aaron Carroll, MD, MS (Indiana University School of Medicine/Riley Children's Hospital)

  • Olivier Drouin, MD
    Integrated electronic screening to address major pediatric health risks
    Institution: MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    Mentor: Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH (MassGeneral Hospital for Children)
    National Facilitator: Stephen Downs, MD, MS (Indiana University School of Medicine/Riley Children's Hospital)

  • Christopher Mehus, PhD
    Parents perceptions of pediatricians attention to behavioral health issues: Toward the implementation of evidence-based parenting programs though primary care settings
    Institution: University of Minnesota
    Mentor: Iris Wagman Borowsky, MD, PhD (University of Minnesota)
    National Facilitator: Laurel Leslie, MD, MPH (Tufts Medical Center/Floating Hospital for Children)

  • Megha Shah, MD, MPH
    Impact of a school-based health center intervention on reducing missed opportunities for human papillomavirus immunization among adolescents
    Institution: University of California, Los Angeles
    Mentor: Peter Szilagyi, MD MPH (Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA)
    National Facilitator: Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH (University of Washington Medical Centers/Seattle Children's Hospital)

  • Elizabeth Wolf, MD, MPH
    Identifying Gaps in Well-Child Care (WCC) Attendance among Primary Care Clinics Serving Low-Income Families
    Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
    Mentor: Alex Krist, MD, MPH (Virginia Commonwealth University)
    National Facilitator: Richard "Mort" Wasserman, MD, MPH (University of Vermont/Vermont Children's Hospital)

Nutrition in Underserved Communities

  • Megan Pesch, MD
    Super-Size It: The role of portion size in maternal restrictive feeding behaviors among mothers of obese and non-obese children
    Institution: University of Michigan
    Mentor: Julie C. Lumeng, MD (University of Michigan)
    National Facilitator: Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH (Mass General Hospital for Children/Harvard Medical School)

Primary Care Strategies for Promotion of Early Literacy and School Readiness (ROR)

  • Kymberly Gonzalez, MD
    Understanding the Relationship of Parental ACEs and Reading Behaviors among Poor Urban Parents
    Institution: The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania
    Mentor: James P. Guevara, MD MPH (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
    National Facilitator: TBD

  • Anna Miller-Fitzwater, MD, MPH
    Reach Out and Read Earlier - Implementing the Reach Out and Read Model at the Newborn Visit.
    Institution: Wake Forest Baptist Health - Brenner Children's Hospital
    Mentor: Katherine Poehling, MD, MPH (Wake Forest Baptist Health - Brenner Children's Hospital) and Kathleen Gallagher, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
    National Facilitator: TBD

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