Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program
Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD
The William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Policy in the Department of Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Dr. Schuster is Senior Faculty with our program. He previously was Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at RAND, where he held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Promotion, and was Professor of Pediatrics and Health Services at UCLA. He also was founding director of the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion, a community-based participatory research center funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Schuster conducts research primarily on child, adolescent, and family issues. He is currently P.I. of the AHRQ/CMS-funded Children’s Hospital Boston Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement, which is developing and testing measures of pediatric health care quality. He is P.I. of two NIH-funded grants, one to establish the Children’s Hospital Boston Collaborative Center for Community Research and the other to develop and evaluate a school-based program to promote healthy eating and physical activity. He leads the L.A. site of the CDC-funded “Healthy Passages,” a longitudinal study of health behaviors among ~5,000 youth. In addition, Dr. Schuster has conducted NIH-funded studies on adolescent sexual health, children with HIV-infected parents, and family leave for parents of chronically ill children. Dr. Schuster is co-author of Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens (Crown; 2003) and co-editor of Child Rearing in America: Challenges Facing Parents of Young Children (Cambridge University Press; 2002). He won the Nemours Child Health Services Research Award from AcademyHealth for a young investigator (2003) and the Academic Pediatric Association Research Award for career achievement (2009).