Center for Adolescent Health Research

Physicians at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital’s Center for Adolescent Health are also members of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Their roles as faculty members include research activities in a number of areas, including:

  • Health outcomes and quality of life in adolescents with eating disorders and obesity  
  • Rates of refeeding, the use of diffusion tensor imaging and treatment of reduced bone mass in anorexia nervosa
  • Amenorrhea and bone health in athletes
  • Understanding and reducing adolescent tobacco use, alcohol and marijuana use, and risky sexual behavior in adolescents
  • Access to confidential services
  • Gender-based violence in teens
  • Adolescent health risk decision making
  • Morbidity and morbidity among high risk youth
  • Reproductive health care in teens

Center for Adolescent Health physicians and their research interests are listed below. You can click a physician's name to read more about their research on the Stanford University School of Medicine Web site.

Center for Adolescent Health Physician
Research Interests 
Seth Ammerman, MD
  • At-risk and high-risk youth
  • Smoking cessation and prevention
  • Eating disorders
Jennifer Carlson, MD
  • Female athlete triad
  • Eating disorders
  • Homeless youth
  • Health service access
Neville H. Golden, MD
  • Medical complications of eating disorders in adolescents
  • Amenorrhea and menstrual disorders
  • The female athlete triad
  • Gender-based violence in adolescents
  • Bone health in adolescents
Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD
  • Cognitive and psychosocial factors involved in health-related decision-making
  • Understanding and reducing adolescent tobacco use, alcohol and marijuana use, and risky sexual behavior
Cynthia Kapphahn, MD, MPH
  • Access to health care services for adolescents
  • Gender-based violence in adolescents
  • Eating disorders
  • Confidentiality
James Lock, MD, PhD
Sophia Yen, MD, MPH
  • Emergency contraception access, availability, knowledge
  • Pediatric obesity and its treatment with videogames and pedometers
  • Adolescent use and access to contraception
  • Using computers to educate patients during waiting time
  • Tampon use/initiation