Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles promotes healthy futures by attending to the physical, emotional, and social needs of young people ages 12 to 25. Our Board Certified Adolescent Medicine Specialists (from the field of pediatrics, family medicine, and internal medicine) focus on health promotion, treatment and prevention using a model of positive youth development. An interdisciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, health educators, and other professionals collaborate with our physicians and nurses to support the health and wellbeing of young people.

Programs and Services

Our Team

Our highly-experienced team is focused exclusively on the unique needs of adolescents and young adults and includes:

  • Board Certified Adolescent Medicine Specialists (Physicians from Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine)
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Public health professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Health Educators
  • Youth Advocates
  • Trainers
  • Interventionists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Researchers
  • Training, Education, and Capacity Building
  • Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program
  • Research
  • Community Partnerships
  • Advocacy

The Division has a long history of sponsoring training for local professionals on a variety of topics pertinent to adolescent and young adult health, established nationally recognized training programs and trains the next generation of leaders in adolescent and young adult health. The ACGME-accredited Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program for physicians, one of only three in California, and APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral psychology fellowship program provide emerging professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to provide the quality care young people deserve. The Division also provides training for graduate students in the fields of social work and public health.

The Division is also home to the Center for Strengthening Youth Prevention Paradigms (SYPP Center), a center providing capacity building assistance on a variety of adolescent health issues to youth-serving professionals and institutions requesting trainings and tools to better serve and support young people and to create structural changes in their communities.

The Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program, funded by the federal Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, provides interdisciplinary leadership training in adolescent health for five core disciplines including medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and social work. The pre- and postdoctoral training prepares health professionals for leadership roles in public health practice and clinical care, research, training, and advocacy with the goal of improving family- and youth-centered, community-based care for adolescents and enhancing the capacity of programs around the country to improve young people's health. This program is sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

Long term trainees complete a minimum of 300 hours of training over the course of the academic year.  The program is also recruiting advanced learners of mid-career short-term (<40 hours) and medium-term (40 to 299 hours) trainees each year. Stipends are only available to long term trainees.  The training year runs from October through June and the didactic sessions and interdisciplinary practice clinics are held each Monday.  In addition, there are 4 required Wednesday Leadership Training on 10/25/17, 11/29/17, 1/24/18, and 2/28/18. In addition, all long-term trainees will complete a scholarly project to advance the field of adolescent and young adult health and contribute to the translation of research into practice and policy.

The curriculum consists of nine modules that cover the following areas:

  • Overview of MCH System of Care/Life course Development Framework; Introduction to the DAYAM and to Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Biopsychosocial model of Adolescent and Young Adult health and Development
  • Social Determinants of Health and Cultural Diversity
  • Trauma Informed Care/Interpersonal Violence/Vulnerable Populations
  • Sexual Health and Gender Issues
  • Public Systems and Vulnerable Youth
  • Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse
  • Nutritional Disorders
  • Chronic Illness, Special health Care Needs, and Transition to Adult Services

If you have additional questions about the program or are interested in applying, please contact Sara Sherer, PhD at  LEAH@chla.usc.edu.

Mailing Address:

The CHLA LEAH Program

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

4650 Sunset Blvd., MS #2

Los Angeles, CA 90027 

The Research Program at the Division conducts research addressing a wide area of issues relevant to the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults. Through research, the Division seeks to improve our understanding of the risk factors that may threaten young people’s health and future as well as the protective factors that help young people deal more effectively with adversity. 

The Division has a commitment to bringing services to the community through partnerships with schools, community-based organizations, homeless service agencies, governmental agencies and law enforcement.

The Division plays a leadership role in advocacy around the needs of adolescents and young adults locally and nationally. This advocacy has led to significant funding and policy changes at the local level, in California and throughout the country.