Division of Adolescent Medicine Training

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Training/Continuing Education:

The Boston LEAH Program

The Boston LEAH Program (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) trains future leaders in adolescent health by providing them with the skills to become effective clinicians, teachers, program leaders, policy makers, administrators, public health advocates and productive researchers in a variety of health care settings. LEAH is sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Boston LEAH Program and its faculty direct continuing education courses each year on topics including Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric/Adolescent Gynecology, HIV Care, and Leadership, and Mentoring. The Faculty and Fellows give numerous presentations to professional audiences, families and youth, schools, and public health conferences in addition to providing consultations for technical assistance. 

Additionally, MCH LEAH, LEND, and Behavioral Pediatrics Faculty and Fellows have authored learner-centered cases on growth, development, behavior and adolescent health to facilitate pediatric residents learning the Bright Futures guidelines for health supervision. These cases are available at the Bright Futures Center for Pediatric Education in Growth and Development Behavior and Adolescent Health website.


The LEAH program provides leadership training to physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and dieticians. The program offers intensive interdisciplinary and discipline-specific curricula including seminars in adolescent health promotion, research, advocacy, public policy, prevention, eating disorders, cultural competency and teaching.


Clinical experience is gained in inpatient and outpatient settings including a large hospital-based adolescent program, community health centers and university health services. The program is committed to undertaking research vital to the promotion of adolescent health and, therefore, involvement in research projects is an important component of training.

The length of training and research requirements varies with the discipline and the training needs of the fellow candidates. Fellows are encouraged to work with public health agencies in designing projects and careers. The program has an outstanding record of training diverse, interdisciplinary fellows, and graduates of the program have become national leaders in adolescent health.

The program has dedicated faculty, internationally known for faculty development, continuing education, scholarship and technical assistance and collaboration. The program works with other MCH training programs at Children's, in New England and nationally, and with Title V State Departments of Public Health, the State Adolescent Health Coordinators, and professional organizations to improve the health of adolescents.


The goals of the LEAH Program are:

  • To provide interdisciplinary training of health care professionals for leadership roles in adolescent health.
  • To work toward improvement of the health status of adolescents through partnerships with other professionals, teams and agencies, addressing the Healthy People 2020 Objectives.
  • To advance knowledge and scholarship in adolescent health by developing model programs and by disseminating expert clinical knowledge and research.

Leadership training produces the next generation of leaders who can influence and train direct service clinicians, become public policy and public health experts, and move the field forward through research, scholarship, and program development.

Youth are America's promise. Investing in youth means valuing their contributions and promoting positive youth development so that each teen can become a healthy, productive, caring and committed adult. Investing in the health of youth also requires an infrastructure of trained health professionals uniquely qualified and in a position to partner with public health agencies, schools and community-based organizations.

The Boston LEAH Program is guided by the MCH goals of eliminating barriers and health disparities, assuring quality care and improving health infrastructure and systems.

Core Faculty

S. Jean Emans, MD
Director of the Boston LEAH Program; Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Young Women's Health

Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD
Associate Program Director; Director of the Psychology Fellowship

Maurice Melchiono, RN, CFNP
Co-Director of the Nursing Fellowship

Pamela Burke, RN, CFNP, CPNP, PhD
Co-Director of the Nursing Fellowship

Judith Siegel, MSW, LICSW
Director of the Social Work Fellowship

Kendrin Sonneville, MS, RD, LDN
Director of the Nutrition Fellowship

Cathryn Samples, MD, MPH
Director of Community Based Programs; Assistant in Medicine

Elizabeth Woods, MD, MPH
Associate Chief, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine; Director of Research

S. Bryn Austin, ScD
Director of Research Training for Fellows

Sara Forman, MD
Director, Outpatient Eating Disorders Program; Director of Resident and Medical Student Training

Sarah Pitts, MD
Associate Director of Medical Fellowship

Adrianne Goncalves, BA
LEAH Coordinator

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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