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Current Projects 

Consequences of Delayed Access to Early Intervention, Autism Evaluation, and Diagnosis in the Context of COVID-19 (Christine Mirzaian, PI; Co-Investigators: Olga Solomon, PhD, Alexis Saman-Deavenport-Saman, DrPH, Marie Poulsen, PhD, Larry Yin, MD, MSPH, Imani Franklin, BS, Vanessa Castro, MPH)

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Health Response: Early Intervention Regional Center Services and Developmental Outcomes in Los Angeles (Alexis Deavenport-Saman, PI; Co-Investigators: Olga Solomon, PhD, Christine Mirzaian, MD, MPH, Marie Poulsen, PhD,  Larry Yin, MD, MSPH, Imani Franklin, BS, Vanessa Castro, MPH)

Characteristics of Pediatric Acute Hepatitis Pre- and Post-SARS-CoV-2: A Single Center Experience (Co-Investigator: Juan Espinoza)

Management of COVID-19 at Home for Patients in Armenia Using a Web App (PI: Juan Espinoza)

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Weight in Children and Youth with Spina Bifida (PI: Kathryn Smith)

Impact of COVID-19 crisis on parents and families of children born <30 weeks EGA in California using CPQCC and CPQCC-CCS HRIF (PI: Christine Mirzaian)

Improving the Institutional Culture of Feedback by Implementing a Faculty Development Interactive Course Using a Peer Coaching Model (PI: Kira Molas-Torreblanca)

A Novel Educational Approach to Introduce a Child Poverty Curriculum Through Digital Storytelling (PI: Grant Christman)

Design and Validation of Simulation-Based Educational Tools and a Novel Assessment of Spiritual Care Competency (ASCC) Tool for Teaching Spiritual Care Skills (PI: Eyal Ben-Isaac)


Coffey, D. M., Sepulveda, A. (A.), David, J. C., Lopez, H. G., Bantol, K. E. A., Castro, J., Jayme, A. J. L., & Javier, J. R. (2022). Creating a shared definition of adolescent mental health in the Filipino American community: A comparative focus group analysis. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 13(1), 112–128.

Javier, J.R., Deavenport-Saman, A., Ellynore Florendo, E., Bantol, K.E.A., & Palinkas, L.A. (2022) Health Equity and Enrollment in Preventive Parenting Programs: A Qualitative Study of Filipino Parents, Evidence-based practice in child and adolescent mental health, 7, 245-259, doi: 10.1080/23794925.2021.2013141

Deavenport-Saman A, Vanderbilt DL, Harstad E, Shults J, Barbaresi W, Bax A, Cacia J, Friedman S, LaRosa A, Loe IM, Mittal S, Blum N. (2022, in press). Association of Co-existing Conditions, ADHD Medication Choice and Likelihood of Improvement in Preschool-Age Children: A DBPNet Study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology,Aug;32(6):328-336. doi: 10.1089/cap.2022.0009

Harstad, E., Shults, J., Barbaresi, W., Bax, A., Cacia, J., Deavenport-Saman, A., Friedman, S., LaRosa, A., Loe, I., Mittal, S., Vanderbilt, D., & Blum, N. (2021). Preschool Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Telephone Medication Management at Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Network Sites. Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP, 42(6), 481–484.

Peters, A.T., Ren, X., Bessette, K.L., George, N., Shannon, A.P., Kling, L.R., Theis, B., West, A.E., Langenecker, S.A., & Pandey, G.N. (2021). Inflammation, depressive symptoms, and emotion perception in adolescence. Journal of Affective Disorders, 295 (1), 717-723.

Preston, E*. & West, A.E. Straight to the Source: NSSI e-communities and the Emerging Case for Harm Reduction in the Treatment of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury. (2021). Clinical Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/21677026211049367

West, A.E., Telles, V., Antony, V., Zeledon, I., Moerner, L. & Soto, C. (2021). A community needs assessment to inform opioid use disorder/substance use disorder (OUD/SUD) prevention and intervention for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in California. Psychology of Addictive Behavior. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34166003; DOI: 10.1037/adb0000664

West, A.E. & Weinstein, S.M. (Eds.). (2021). State of the Evidence for Psychosocial Interventions for Childhood Affective Disorders: The Role of the Family [Special Issue]. Journal of affective disorders, 273. 



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