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MCH Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network (AYAH-RN)

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Project Number: UA6MC27378
Grantee: University of California, San Francisco
Department/Center: Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Project Date: 9/1/2017
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth M. Ozer

Final Report



  • Adolescence (12-18 years)
  • Young Adulthood (19-25 years)

Targeted/Underserved Population

  • African American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Native American/Alaskan Native


Problem: The adolescent and young adult (AYA) years are the second critical period of the lifecourse, bringing challenges and opportunities with lifelong implications for health. Neuroscience suggests the AYA years are a unique developmental window for learning. Evidence-based services informed by developmental science (including neuroscience) can improve health through prevention and coordinated care for AYAs with chronic conditions, including mental conditions. An AYA Health Research Network ("Network") can help integrate developmental science into health services research and translate findings into practice. Goals and Objectives: Goal 1: Develop research agenda for a Network, with four foci: (ObjA) integrating and translating neuroscience into AYA health practice and research; (ObjB) preventive health interventions; (ObjC) integrating services; and (ObjD) emerging issues. Goal 2: Advance research agenda by: (ObjA) developing Network infrastructure, including: organizational infrastructure and inventory of tools; (ObjB) implementing collaborative research projects; (ObjC) disseminating project results to researchers, practitioners, and AYAs and their families; and (ObjD) leveraging network capacity to compete for funding; Goal 3: Develop research capacity AYA health field by: (ObjA) integrating new investigators into Network activities; and (ObjB) linking new investigators to national research activities. Proposed Activities and Target Population: Four Research Teams (RT) will develop an agenda through background research and prioritization processes. The Network leadership (Steering Committee) will include Project Directors from seven leading AYA research, training, and clinical programs, with one member from the Center for the Developing Adolescent at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). This group will be responsible for approving the Network policies and setting direction for research agenda, research protocols, Network expansion, mentoring and evaluation. An Executive Committee that includes PI, co-PI, Network coordinator, UCB representative and RT Chairs will oversee daily AYAH-RN operations; a Network Coordinating Center at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will manage daily AYAH-RN operations. Coordination: An Advisory Committee will include representatives of three Maternal and Child Health research networks (Lifecourse, Child Health Measurement and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics), and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Society for Research on Adolescence and SAHM's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Project. Products: Network will: create a research agenda and Network infrastructure; develop collaborative research projects; publish at least eight articles; create dissemination products, including presentations, webinars and other media; and submit two funding applications. Evaluation: Network will combine Continuous Quality Improvement, process, outcome and impact evaluation methods to assess Network performance. Primary measures will include new research projects developed and publications. Additional qualitative efforts will assess extent to which (1) AYA research is transdisciplinary and (2) research is translated into practice.


Listed is descending order by year published.

Harris SK, Aalsma MC, Weitzman ER, et al. Research on clinical preventive services for adolescents and young adults: where are we and where do we need to go? J Adolesc Health. 2017;60(3): 249-60.

Irwin CE Jr. Advancing a research agenda for adolescent and young adult health. J Adolesc Health. 2017;60(3):233-4.

Ozer EJ, Piatt AA, Holsen I, Larsen T, Lester J, Ozer EM. Innovative approaches to promoting positive youth development in diverse contexts: novel applications of participatory research and new technologies. In: Petersen AC, Koller SH, Motti-Stefanidi F, Verma S, eds. Positive Youth Development in Global Contexts of Social and Economic Change. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group; 2017:201-221.

Richardson LP, McCarty CA, Radovic A, Suleiman AB. Research in the integration of behavioral health for adolescents and young adults in primary care settings: a systematic review. J Adolesc Health. 2017;60(3):261-9

Suleiman AB, Dahl RE. Leveraging neuroscience to inform adolescent health: the need for an innovative transdisciplinary developmental science of adolescence. J Adolesc Health. 2017;60(3):240-248.

Jasik CB, Berna M, Martin M, Ozer EM. Teen preferences for cllinic-based behavior screens: who, where, when, and how? J Adolesc Health. 2016 Dec;59(6):722-4.

Jasik CB. Unlocking the potential of the patient portal for adolescent health. J Adolesc Health. 2016;58(2):123-124.

Tebb KP, Erenrich RK, Jasik CB, Berna MS, Lester JC, Ozer EM. Use of theory in computer-based interventons to reduce alcohol use among adolescents and young adults: a systematic review. BMC Public Health. 2016 Jun17;16:517.

Webb MJ, Kauer SD, Ozer EM, Haller DM, Sanci LA. Does screening for and intervening with multiple health compromising behaviours and mental health disorders amongst young people attending primary care improve health outcomes? A systematic review. BMC Fam Pract. 2016 Aug 4;17:104.


Mental Health & Well-Being , Social & Emotional Development, Coordination of Services, Primary Care

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