The focus of Celeste Wilson's research is to assess methods of screening parents for alcohol problems during pediatric office visits for their children. This includes assessing parents' reactions to being asked questions about their alcohol use and determining their preferences for how their child's clinician should respond. The purpose of this research is to inform policymakers regarding the best methods of screening parents for alcohol problems during pediatric office visits for their children.

Major goals of Dr. Wilson's research include:

  • Estimate the prevalence of problem drinking among parents bringing their children for routine pediatric care to a network of clinical sites
  • Assess parents' attitudes about having the pediatrician ask their children about the parents' drinking habits
  • Assess pediatric providers' reactions to screening parents for problem drinking as part of pediatric practice


Dr. Wilson attended Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she received her MD. She completed her postgraduate training at Boston Children's Hospital. Grants and fellowships include Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (project: "Parental Alcohol Screening in Pediatric Practices") and the Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities Faculty Fellowship Program (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA).


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  1. Community Poverty and Child Abuse Fatalities in the United States. Pediatrics. 2017 May; 139(5). View abstract
  2. Putting Adolescents at Risk: Riding With Drinking Drivers Who Are Adults in the Home. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2017 01; 78(1):146-151. View abstract
  3. Retroclival collections associated with abusive head trauma in children. Pediatr Radiol. 2014 Dec; 44 Suppl 4:S621-31. View abstract
  4. Ischial apophyseal fracture in an abused infant. Pediatr Radiol. 2014 Sep; 44(9):1175-8. View abstract
  5. Prevalence and relevance of pediatric spinal fractures in suspected child abuse. Pediatr Radiol. 2013 Nov; 43(11):1507-15. View abstract
  6. Parental alcohol screening in pediatric practices. Pediatrics. 2008 Nov; 122(5):e1022-9. View abstract
  7. Teaching Residents about Child Neglect and Parental Alcoholism: A Controlled Pilot Study. Med Educ Online. 2005 Dec; 10(1):4381. View abstract
  8. Are clinical impressions of adolescent substance use accurate? Pediatrics. 2004 Nov; 114(5):e536-40. View abstract
  9. An update on child abuse and neglect. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2004 Apr; 16(2):233-7. View abstract