Current General Academic Pediatrics Fellows' Research

Heather L. McCauley, ScD, MS

Training: Harvard University (ScD, MS)
Primary Mentor: Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD
Research focus: Dr. McCauley’s research assesses the health impacts of violence exposure - including intimate partner violence and child physical and sexual abuse - among adolescents, with a focus on developing interventions to reduce poor health among vulnerable youth.

Publications (2012-2014): 

  • McCauley HL, Jaime MCD, Tancredi DJ, Silverman JG, Decker MR, Austin SB, Jones K, Miller E. (2014). Differences in Adolescent Relationship Abuse Perpetration and Gender-Inequitable Attitudes by Sport among Male High School Athletes. Journal of Adolescent Health. [In press].
  • Jaime MC, McCauley HL, Tancredi DJ, Nettiksimmons J, Decker MR, Silverman JG, O’Connor B, Stetkevich N, Miller E. (2014). Athletic coaches as violence prevention advocates. Journal of InterpersonalViolence. [In press].
  • McCauley HL, Miller E. (2014). McCauley and Miller Respond: Gender Attitudes and Other Correlates of Adolescent Relationship Abuse. American Journal of Public Health. 16 January 2014, epub ahead of print. [Letter to the Editor].
  • McCauley HL, Tancredi DJ, Silverman JG, Decker MR, Austin SB, McCormick M, Virata MC, Miller E. (2013). Gender-Equitable Attitudes, Bystander Behavior, and Recent Abuse Perpetration Against Heterosexual Dating Partners of Male High School Athletes. American Journal of Public Health. 103(10): 1882-1887. PMID: 23947324
  • Miller E, McCauley HL. (2013). Adolescent relationship abuse and reproductive and sexual coercion among teens. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 25(5): 364-369. PMID: 24018873
  • Miller E, Das M, Tancredi DJ, McCauley HL, Virata MC, O’Connor B, Ghosh S, Verma R. (2013). Evaluation of a Gender-based Violence Prevention Program for Student Athletes in Mumbai, India. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 17 October 2013, epub ahead of print. PMID: 24142444
  • Decker MR, Miller E, McCauley HL, Tancredi DJ, Anderson H, Levenson RR, Silverman JG. (2013). Recent partner violence and sexual and drug-related STI/HIV risk among adolescent and young adult women attending family planning clinics. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 15 November 2013, epub ahead of print. PMID: 24234072
  • Miller E, Das M, Verma R, O’Connor B, Ghosh S, Virata MCD, McCauley HL. (2013). Exploring the Potential for Changing Gender Norms Among Cricket Coaches and Athletes in India. Violence Against Women. [In press].
  • Miller E, McCauley HL, Tancredi DJ, Decker MR, Anderson HA, Silverman JG. (2013). Recent reproductive coercion and unintended pregnancy among female family planning clients. Contraception. 5 December 2013, epub ahead of print. PMID: 24331859
  • Miller E, Tancredi DJ, McCauley HL, Decker MR, Virata MCD, Anderson HA, O’Connor B, Silverman JG. (2013). One-year follow-up of a coach-delivered dating violence prevention program: a cluster randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 45(1): 108-112. PMID: 23790995
  • Decker MR, Miller E, McCauley HL, Tancredi DJ, Levenson RR, Waldman J, Schoenwald P, Silverman JG. (2012). Sex trade among young women attending family-planning clinics in Northern California.International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 117 (2): 173-7. PMID: 22356762
  • Miller E, Tancredi DJ, McCauley HL, Decker MR, Virata MC, Anderson HA, Stetkevich N, Brown EW, Moideen F, Silverman JG. (2012). “Coaching Boys into Men”: A Cluster-Randomised Controlled Trial of a Gender-Based Violence Prevention Program. Journal of Adolescent Health. 51: 431-438. PMID: 23084163
  • Beletsky L, Martinez G, Gaines T, Nguyen L, Lozada R, Rangel G, Vera A, McCauley HL, Sorensen A, Strathdee SA. (2012). Mexico’s Northern Border Conflict: Collateral Damage to Health and Human Rights of Vulnerable Groups. Pan American Journal of Public Health. PMID: 22767041

Jill R. Demiirici, PhD, RN, IBCL

Training: University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing (PhD)
Primary mentor: Debra Bogen, MD
Research focus: Dr. Demirci's dissertation utilized grounded theory to address breastfeeding establishment and maternal role acquisition in mothers of late preterm infants. Her recent research focuses on perceived insufficient breastmilk supply management, patient-provider communication about breastfeeding, and the use of technology in breastfeeding promotion. Dr. Demirci is currently conducting a pilot study comparing the effect of meditation versus an herbal supplement on the perception of insufficient milk supply in mothers’ of late preterm and early term infants.

Publications (2012-2014):

  • Happ, M.B., Garrett, K., Tate, J.A., DiVirgilio, D., Houze, M.P., Demirci, J.R., et al. (2013). Effect of multi-level intervention on nurse-patient communication in the intensive care unit: Results of the SPEACS trial. Heart & Lung. [In press].
  • Demirci, J.R., Bogen, D.L., Holland, C., Tarr, J.A., Rubio, D., Li, J., Nemecek, M., Chang, J.C. (2013). Characteristics of breastfeeding discussions at the initial prenatal visit. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 122(6), 1263-70. PMCID: PMC3903394
  • Tate, J. A., Sereika, S., Divirgilio, D., Nilsen, M., Demirci, J., Campbell, G., & Happ, M.B. (2013). Symptom communication during critical illness: the impact of age, delirium, and delirium presentation. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39(8):28-38. PMID:23755732 [PMCID in process].
  • Radtke Demirci, J., Sereika, S., & Bogen, D. (2013). Prevalence and predictors of early breastfeeding among late preterm mother-infant dyads. Breastfeeding Medicine, 8(3): 277-85. PMCID: PMC3663454
  • Radtke Demirci, J., Happ, M. B., Bogen, D. L., Albrecht, S. A., & Cohen, S. M. (2012). Weighing worth against uncertain work: The interplay of exhaustion, ambiguity, hope and disappointment in mothers breastfeeding late preterm infants. Maternal & Child Nutrition. PMCID: PMC3535546.
  • Radtke-Demirci, J. Braxter, B., & Chasens, E. (2012). Breastfeeding and short sleep duration in mothers of 6 to 11 month old infants. Infant Behavior & Development. 35(4): 884-6. PMCID:PMC3494758
  • Radtke, J., Tate, J. A., & Happ, M. (2012). Nurses’ perceptions of communication training in the ICU. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 28(1): 16-25. PMCID: PMC3264744
  • Radtke, J. (2011). The paradox of breastfeeding-associated morbidity among late preterm infants. JOGNN, 40(1): 9-24. PMCID: PMC3216635

Joshua Blatter, MD

Training: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (MD)
Primary Mentor: Juan C. Celedón, MD, DrPH
Research Focus: Dr. Blatter studies environmental determinants of respiratory disease. His asthma research has included nutrition and indoor air pollution epidemiology, as well as psychosocial stress genetics.

Publications (2012-2014):

  • Han YY, Blatter J, Brehm JM, Forno E, Litonjua AA, Celedón JC. Diet and asthma: vitamins and methyl donors. Lancet Respir Med. 2013 Dec;1(10):813-22.
  • Blatter JA, Finder JD. Perioperative respiratory management of pediatric patients with neuromuscular disease. Paediatr Anaesth. 2013 Sep;23(9):770-6.
  • Blatter J, Han YY, Forno E, Brehm J, Bodnar L, Celedón JC. Folate and asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Jul 1;188(1):12-7.

Kristin Ray, MD

Training: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (MD)
Primary Mentor: Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MS
Research Focus: Dr. Ray is pursuing training in health services research with the overall research goal of improving access to comprehensive, quality health care services for all children, a Healthy People 2020 goal. Her current projects aim to describe system-level barriers to care impacting health care utilization and outcomes. She is interested in understanding the needs of rural providers and patients and the potential for telehealth efforts to meet those needs.

Publications (2012-2014):

  • Ray KN, Lorch SA. Hospitalization of rural and urban infants during the first year of life. Pediatrics 2012;130:1084-1093. PMID: 23129078.
  • Ray KN, Lorch SA. Hospitalization of early preterm, late preterm, and term infants during the first year of life by gestational age. Hospital Pediatrics 2013;3:194-203.
  • Ray KN, Bogen DL, Bertolet M, Forrest CB, Mehrotra A. Ambulatory subspecialty visits, subspecialty need, and health outcomes by county supply of pediatric subspecialists. (Pediatrics, in press)
  • Ray KN, Chari AV, Engberg J, Bertolet M, Mehrotra A. The time spent seeking ambulatory medical care and associated time-costs. Manuscript under review.