Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine | Research and Innovation

The Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's is actively involved in many research projects aimed at providing a better understanding of adolescent health issues. The Division has significantly expanded its research addressing a multitude of adolescent and young adult health issues. Learn more about research projects in Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine.

Our projects focus on:

  • developing new interventions to improve adolescent and young adult health, and supporting adolescents to maintain healthy habits as they grow into adults
  • studying and initiating new methods of delivering health care to at-risk youth
  • promoting positive youth development
  • designing new curricula for teaching healthcare providers to meet the specific needs of adolescents and young adults

Current projects include research in:

eating disorders

obesity and eating disorders prevention

polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

mental health

bone health and osteoporosis

sexually transmitted diseases

chronic disease

respiratory disease


sexual orientation, transgender health and health disparities


media effects 


substance use

menstrual problems

pregnancy prevention

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)


young men's health

iron deficiency

Boston LEAH Program

Over the past 27 years, the Boston LEAH Program has produced over 1200 articles, chapters, books, videotapes, cases and Internet resources. Research presentations have been given by fellows and faculty at meetings of the APHA, CDC, NASPAG, American Psychological Association, Ambulatory Pediatrics Association, SPR and SAHM.

Center for Young Women's Health

The Center for Young Women's Health, in collaboration with the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine and the Division of Gynecology, carries out research in congenital anomalies, endometriosis, and PCOS.

Center on Media and Child Health

Ongoing research is also being done through the Center on Media and Child Health, which is dedicated to understanding and responding to the effects of media on the physical, mental and social health of children through research, production and education.

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE)

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) working group is based at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and brings together experts from diverse disciplines whose work focuses on the intersections of sexual orientation, gender, and health. Biweekly meetings provide a space for members to discuss, critique, and develop research, advocacy, and public health projects focused on promoting health equity among gender and sexual minority populations.