Welcome from the Division Chief
Welcome to the Website of the Division of Child Development and Community Health in the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego. We are a unique group of faculty, researchers, educators, clinicians and public health workers who aim to improve children’s health through our work with children, families and communities.
We have 11 full-time faculty, 1 emeritus faculty, 8 adjunct faculty (including faculty from Mexico and Chile), 2 post-doctoral research fellows. Our full-time faculty and staff are located at Rady Children’s Hospital, our research center in City Heights or at the San Diego County Health Department. Our research focuses on childhood obesity, adolescent pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. We work in San Diego County, Imperial County, in the U.S./Mexico border region and in South America. We also have a long-term interest in developing more effective tools for teaching child development to pediatricians internationally.
Our service projects include promoting access to health care for low-income children, oral health promotion, and efforts to improve physical activity and nutrition in schools, community centers, workplaces and throughout the community. Our clinical faculty members evaluate and care for children with developmental and behavioral problems including, but not limited to, developmental delay, infant and toddler regulatory disorders, autism, and attention deficit disorder. In addition, we provide pediatric consultation to schools.
One of our most important missions is training medical students, residents and fellows. We offer month-long rotations in Community Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Marty Stein, one of our esteemed faculty members and pioneer in Developmental-Behavioral Peditatrics in medical education, is author of Encounters with Children; Pediatric Behavior and Development, a major textbook for the specialty.
The Division of Child Development and Community Health is making important contributions to improving children’s health, eliminating health disparities and training the next generation of physicians and child health researchers. Thank you for visiting our website!
Sheila Gahagan, M.D., M.P.H, Division Chief
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