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Lauren Wisk, PhD

Division
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Research
Hospital Title:
Research Associate
Academic Title:
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Large Database Researchhealthcare servicesfamily-centered outcomesBehavioral ScienceAdolescent risk behaviorsChildren with special health care needsData analyticsHealth promotion & risk reductionHealth services for underserved childrenInsurance Policy Effects on Childrens' Health and Health CarePopulation Medicine

About Dr. Wisk

Dr. Lauren Wisk is an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a Research Associate in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, and affiliated faculty in the Center for Child Health Care Studies in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Dr. Wisk earned her PhD in Population Health in 2013 from the University of Wisconsin and completed post-doctoral training in the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program in 2015.

Research Overview

Dr. Wisk's research program focuses on improving access to care, health outcomes, and quality of life for youth with chronic medical conditions. She has conducted survey-based research on health care access, utilization, and costs for children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, and possess extensive methodological expertise in analyzing 'big data' (including claims data and large survey data) and applying advanced statistical techniques to address multilevel research questions. Dr. Wisk's current research extends her background in health services research, epidemiology, and biostatistics to study health behaviors, insurance and finances, and other developmental outcomes for youth growing up with a chronic illness, particularly during adolescence and young adulthood.

Publications

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  1. Levy S, Dedeoglu F, Gaffin JM, Garvey KC, Harstad E, MacGinnitie A, Rufo PA, Huang Q, Ziemnik RE, Wisk LE, Weitzman ER. A Screening Tool for Assessing Alcohol Use Risk among Medically Vulnerable Youth. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0156240.
  2. Wisk LE, Weitzman ER. Substance Use Patterns Through Early Adulthood: Results for Youth With and Without Chronic Conditions. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jul; 51(1):33-45.
  3. Witt WP, Mandell KC, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Chatterjee D, Wakeel F, Park H, Zarak D. Infant birthweight in the US: the role of preconception stressful life events and substance use. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Jun; 19(3):529-42.
  4. Cheng ER, Park H, Wisk LE, Mandell KC, Wakeel F, Litzelman K, Chatterjee D, Witt WP. Examining the link between women's exposure to stressful life events prior to conception and infant and toddler health: the role of birth weight. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2016 Mar; 70(3):245-52.
  5. Wisk LE, Finkelstein JA, Sawicki GS, Lakoma M, Toomey SL, Schuster MA, Galbraith AA. Predictors of timing of transfer from pediatric- to adult-focused primary care. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Jun; 169(6):e150951.
  6. Malecki K, Wisk LE, Walsh M, McWilliams C, Eggers S, Olson M. Oral health equity and unmet dental care needs in a population-based sample: findings from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jul; 105 Suppl 3:S466-74.
  7. Witt WP, Park H, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Mandell K, Chatterjee D, Zarak D. Neighborhood disadvantage, preconception stressful life events, and infant birth weight. Am J Public Health. 2015 May; 105(5):1044-52.
  8. Witt WP, Mandell KC, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Chatterjee D, Wakeel F, Park H, Zarak D. Predictors of alcohol and tobacco use prior to and during pregnancy in the US: the role of maternal stressors. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2015 Jun; 18(3):523-37.
  9. Wisk LE, Gangnon R, Vanness DJ, Galbraith AA, Mullahy J, Witt WP. Development of a novel, objective measure of health care-related financial burden for U.S. families with children. Health Serv Res. 2014 Dec; 49(6):1852-74.
  10. Ejebe IH, Jacobs EA, Wisk LE. Persistent differences in asthma self-efficacy by race, ethnicity, and income in adults with asthma. J Asthma. 2015 Feb; 52(1):105-13.
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  12. Witt WP, Cheng ER, Wisk LE, Litzelman K, Chatterjee D, Mandell K, Wakeel F. Preterm birth in the United States: the impact of stressful life events prior to conception and maternal age. Am J Public Health. 2014 Feb; 104 Suppl 1:S73-80.
  13. Witt WP, Cheng ER, Wisk LE, Litzelman K, Chatterjee D, Mandell K, Wakeel F. Maternal stressful life events prior to conception and the impact on infant birth weight in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2014 Feb; 104 Suppl 1:S81-9.
  14. Creswell PD, Wisk LE, Litzelman K, Allchin A, Witt WP. Parental depressive symptoms and childhood cancer: the importance of financial difficulties. Support Care Cancer. 2014 Feb; 22(2):503-11.
  15. Wakeel F, Wisk LE, Gee R, Chao SM, Witt WP. The balance between stress and personal capital during pregnancy and the relationship with adverse obstetric outcomes: findings from the 2007 Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) study. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2013 Dec; 16(6):435-51.
  16. Pollock EA, Litzelman K, Wisk LE, Witt WP. Correlates of physiological and psychological stress among parents of childhood cancer and brain tumor survivors. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Mar-Apr; 13(2):105-12.
  17. Wisk LE, Witt WP. Predictors of delayed or forgone needed health care for families with children. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec; 130(6):1027-37.
  18. Witt WP, Litzelman K, Mandic CG, Wisk LE, Hampton JM, Creswell PD, Gottlieb CA, Gangnon RE. Healthcare-Related Financial Burden among Families in the U.S.: The Role of Childhood Activity Limitations and Income. J Fam Econ Issues. 2011 Jun 1; 32(2):308-326.
  19. Amstutz HC, Le Duff MJ, Campbell PA, Wisk LE, Takamura KM. Complications after metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty. Orthop Clin North Am. 2011 Apr; 42(2):207-30, viii.
  20. Witt WP, DeLeire T, Hagen EW, Wichmann MA, Wisk LE, Spear HA, Cheng ER, Maddox T, Hampton J. The prevalence and determinants of antepartum mental health problems among women in the USA: a nationally representative population-based study. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2010 Oct; 13(5):425-37.
  21. Amstutz HC, Wisk LE, Le Duff MJ. Sex as a patient selection criterion for metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2011 Feb; 26(2):198-208.
  22. Lin AP, Bennett E, Wisk LE, Gharib M, Fraser SE, Wen H. Circumferential strain in the wall of the common carotid artery: comparing displacement-encoded and cine MRI in volunteers. Magn Reson Med. 2008 Jul; 60(1):8-13.
  23. Le Duff MJ, Wang CT, Wisk LE, Takamura KB, Amstutz HC. Benefits of thin-shelled acetabular components for metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty. J Orthop Res. 2010 Dec; 28(12):1665-70.
  24. Le Duff MJ, Wisk LE, Amstutz HC. Range of motion after stemmed total hip arthroplasty and hip resurfacing - a clinical study. Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis. 2009; 67(2):177-81.
  25. Keller A, Litzelman K, Wisk LE, Maddox T, Cheng ER, Creswell PD, Witt WP. Does the perception that stress affects health matter? The association with health and mortality. Health Psychol. 2012 Sep; 31(5):677-84.
  26. Amstutz HC, Le Duff MJ, Campbell PA, Gruen TA, Wisk LE. Clinical and radiographic results of metal-on-metal hip resurfacing with a minimum ten-year follow-up. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Nov 17; 92(16):2663-71.
  27. Witt WP, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Hampton JM, Creswell PD, Hagen EW, Spear HA, Maddox T, Deleire T. Poor prepregnancy and antepartum mental health predicts postpartum mental health problems among US women: a nationally representative population-based study. Womens Health Issues. 2011 Jul-Aug; 21(4):304-13.
  28. Wisk LE, Amstutz HC. Metal-on-metal hip resurfacing in rheumatoid patients. A report on thirteen hips with minimum 3 year follow-up. Hip Int. 2011 Jan-Mar; 21(1):59-65.
  29. Gruen TA, Le Duff MJ, Wisk LE, Amstutz HC. Prevalence and clinical relevance of radiographic signs of impingement in metal-on-metal hybrid hip resurfacing. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Aug 17; 93(16):1519-26.
  30. Witt WP, Litzelman K, Spear HA, Wisk LE, Levin N, McManus BM, Palta M. Health-related quality of life of mothers of very low birth weight children at the age of five: results from the Newborn Lung Project Statewide Cohort Study. Qual Life Res. 2012 Nov; 21(9):1565-76.
  31. Witt WP, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Hampton JM, Hagen EW. Preconception mental health predicts pregnancy complications and adverse birth outcomes: a national population-based study. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Oct; 16(7):1525-41.
  32. Wakeel F, Witt WP, Wisk LE, Lu MC, Chao SM. Racial and ethnic disparities in personal capital during pregnancy: findings from the 2007 Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) study. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Jan; 18(1):209-22.
  33. Witt WP, Litzelman K, Wisk LE, Spear HA, Catrine K, Levin N, Gottlieb CA. Stress-mediated quality of life outcomes in parents of childhood cancer and brain tumor survivors: a case-control study. Qual Life Res. 2010 Sep; 19(7):995-1005.
  34. Wisk LE, Allchin A, Witt WP. Disparities in human papillomavirus vaccine awareness among U.S. parents of preadolescents and adolescents. Sex Transm Dis. 2014 Feb; 41(2):117-22.
  35. Witt WP, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Mandell K, Chatterjee D, Wakeel F, Godecker AL, Zarak D. Determinants of cesarean delivery in the US: a lifecourse approach. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Jan; 19(1):84-93.
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