Our team values staying current in the latest evidence to help inform our care. We also strongly believe in engaging in research that informs our practice. Below are some current/recent research examples. If you are interested in learning more about our research, including possible research opportunities, please contact Dr. Kurt Freeman.

  • Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care: This study is funded by the Cambia Foundation. As part of this project we developed videos describing effective parenting approaches for common child behavior problems. We are testing how to best use these videos in primary care during well child visits.

As part of this project, we are also looking at how watching these videos help with parenting. We are having parents watch videos on how to give commands and offer praise and then seeing if this helps them do better in giving instructions and encouraging their children.

  • Behavioral Health Consultation in Primary Care: Our team has worked closely with pediatricians to consult with patients during primary care visits. We have been looking at the most common things we consult about, who asks us to do this (e.g., families, pediatricians), and what the outcome of the consultation was.

  • Survey of Parenting Practices: Parents use lots of different strategies, like time out. And, there are lots of "opinions" out there about the best way of doing time out. We are interested in learning more about when parents use time out, what they think it should be used for, and how they use it.

  • Novel Method of Home-Based Monitoring for Kids who Had Kidney Transplants: This study is funded by Astellas. For this project, some people on are team are working with kidney doctors to see if we can use a home-based monitoring system of "blood levels" of medication. Right now, kids who had kidney transplants have to come to clinic very often to get their blood drawn to test these levels. We hope we can use a new way that the blood can be drawn at home and sent in.
  • Sleep and behavior problems in Smith Lemli-Optiz Syndrome: This is part of a larger study funded by the National Institutes of Health to better understand sleep and behavior problems in kids with a rare condition that effects how your body "processes" cholesterol. Our team is looking at how the problem with cholesterol may cause sleep and behavior problems.

  • Continence Outcomes in Spina Bifida: This is part of a larger project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most kids with Spina Bifida have pee and poop accidents pretty frequently because their bowels and bladders work differently. With other Spina Bifida care centers, we are looking at how many kids with Spina Bifida are dry and clean during the day, and what kinds of treatments seem to help this happen.
  • Training Pediatric Residents to Address Child Rearing Challenges: Pediatricians are usually the first providers to talk with families about child behavior concerns. We are working with our pediatric residency program to train residents on how to effectively talk with parents about child behavior concerns and figure out the best treatment options.