Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program | Research Projects

Examples of Conducted HSR Fellowship Research Projects

Exploring Continuity of Nursing Care in the PICU

HSR Fellow: Jennifer Baird PhD, MSW, MPH (2014-2016)

Research Project: Dr. Baird performed a qualitative study to examine continuity of nursing care in the pediatric ICU for children with chronic complex conditions from the perspective of parents and nurses. Dr. Baird published the results in Nursing Research in a paper titled “Do You Know My Child? Continuity of Nursing Care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit” available at
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=PMC4780357.

Identifying Prevalence of and Trends in Medication-Assisted Treatment & Naloxone Use for Youth with Opioid Use Disorder

HSR Fellow: Scott Hadland MD, MPH, MS (2014-2016)
Research Project: Dr. Hadland explored health care delivery systems for substance abuse in adolescents and young adults and used a large, nationally representative claims database to identify prevalence of and trends in medication-assisted treatment and naloxone use for youth with opioid use disorder. Dr. Hadland published his study in JAMA Pediatrics, “Trends in Receipt of Buprenorphine and Naltrexone for Opioid Use Disorder among Adolescents and Young Adults” available at
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=PMC5649381.

Creating a Prediction Rule for Safe Successful Neonatal Transfers

HSR Fellow: Sarah Kunz MD, MPH (2014-2016)
TResearch Project: Dr. Kunz’s first project involved using local NICU data to create a prediction rule for safe, successful retro transfer of stable infants from a Level III NICU to a lower-level unit for convalescence. The second project approached neonatal regionalization from a systems standpoint, using innovative network analysis techniques to analyze neonatal inter-hospital transports in California. Dr. Kunz recently published, “Network Analysis: A Novel Method for Mapping Neonatal Acute Transport Patterns in California” in the Journal of Perinatology available at

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=PMC5446293.

Complications of Augmentation Enterocystoplasty

HSR Fellow: Erin McNamara MD, MPH (2013-2015)

Research Project: Dr. McNamara conducted a study using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Pediatric Database looking at complications of augmentation enterocystoplasty. Dr. McNamara published her findings in the Journal of Pediatric Urology, “30-Day Morbidity after Augmentation Enterocystoplasty and Appendicovesicostomy: A NSQIP Pediatric Analysis” available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=PMC4540660.

Health Outcomes in Transgender Youth

HSR Fellow: Daniel Shumer MD, MPH (2013-2015)
Research Project: Dr. Shumer performed an innovative study focused on autism and gender non-conformity using data from the Nurses’ Health Study and Growing Up Today Study. Dr. Shumer published his work, “Autistic Traits in Mothers and Children Associated With Child’s Gender Nonconformity,” in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders available at
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4409522.

Examining the Effect of Dependent Coverage Expansions & an Individual Insurance Mandate on Insurance Coverage, Utilization, and Costs for Adolescents & Young Adults

HSR Fellow: Lauren Wisk PhD (2013-2015)

Research Project: Dr. Wisk collaborated with mentors in the Department of Population Medicine and Boston Children’s Hospital to examine the effect of dependent coverage expansion and an individual insurance mandate on insurance coverage, utilization and costs (including out of pocket expenses) for adolescents and young adults. She published her work in Health Services Research in a paper titled “Impact of an Individual Mandate and Other Health Reforms on Dependent Coverage for Adolescents and Young Adults” available at
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28556901.