Adam Becker, PhD, MPH and Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH, Interim Program Directors
The Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research Program was launched in 2000 with a magnificent gift from Mrs. Mary Ann Smith in memory of her late husband.
The vision of the Smith Child Health Research Program is to inform local, regional, and national practice and policy to foster healthy children today and healthy adults tomorrow.
The scientific mission of the Smith Child Health Research Program is to address important clinical and public health problems of children, using state-of-the-art laboratory, epidemiologic, clinical, social and behavioral science methods with interdisciplinary collaborations to benefit children, their families and their communities. The program engages in clinical, community, and population-based research to advance knowledge about the natural history, biological, psychological, social and environmental causes of common and important child health problems and to identify childhood precursors of adult diseases. The program aims to translate scientific knowledge into effective clinical and public health interventions and policy through partnering with communities, policy makers, and the general public to address child health problems. Additionally, the program trains a new generation of child health professionals and researchers in interdisciplinary, collaborative, and public health approaches to research. The program is striving to become one of the leading national centers for child health research.