Audiology Program Director, California-Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program
Continuing Education Director, California-Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program
Evaluation Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Alexis Deavenport-Saman, DrPH, MPH is a Public Health Research Scientist and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at USC who specializes in maternal and child health, social and behavioral health sciences, and the translation of evidence-based interventions into clinical practice. She researches maternal and child health disparities and health outcomes in vulnerable populations, including at the population-level, such as children with developmental disabilities (e.g. autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder), children involved with the child welfare system, and children with obesity. Dr. Deavenport-Saman works to promote health equity by conducting research and enhancing systems of care to establish linkages between children, their families, and local, state, and national-level programs. For instance, as the Audiology Program Director, she is working to increase the early hearing detection and intervention system’s capacity by partnering with health providers and programs to focus on timely screening, diagnosis, and enrollment into early intervention to promote optimal developmental outcomes for infants and children. She mentors Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellows, pediatric residents, public health graduate students, and trainees from a range of other health-related disciplines. She has also served a PI, Co-investigator or Director on NIH, CTSI, HRSA, and MCHB-funded grants. She has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, reviews, and book chapters.


Graduate School: 

Graduate School, MPH- Maternal and Child Health/ Health Education, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 
Graduate School, DrPH- Health Education/Epidemiology Cognate, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA



Certified in Public Health
Master Certified Health Education Specialist


Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health: Kappa Chapter


Deavenport-Saman A, Yang L, Smith K, Yin L. Do children with autism overutilize the emergency department? Examining visit urgency and subsequent hospital admissions. Matern Child Health J. Volume 20:306-314, 2016. PMID: 26520161

Sabapathy T, Madduri N, Deavenport-Saman A, Zamora I, Schrager SM, Vanderbilt DL. Parent reported strengths in children with autism spectrum disorders at the time of an interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluation. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017;38(3): 181-186. PMID: 28368969

Espinoza J, Chen A, Orozco J, Deavenport-Saman A, Yin L. Effect of personal activity trackers on weight loss in families enrolled in a comprehensive behavioral family lifestyle intervention (CBFLI) program in the FQHC setting: a randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017;7:86-94. NIHMSID: NIHMS889709. PMID: 29308436 

Deavenport-Saman A, Piridzhanyan A, Solomon O, Phillips Z, Kuo T, Yin L. Early childhood obesity among underserved families: A multilevel community-academic partnership. Am J Public Health. 2019;109(4), 593-596. PMID:30789762

Schifsky K, Deavenport-Saman A, Mamey MR, Sheth N, Mirzaian C, Schrager S, Vanderbilt D. Risk factors for parenting stress in parents of children treated with laser surgery for twin-twin transfusion syndrome two years postpartum. Am J Perinatol. 2020; doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1701194. PMID:31986541

Deavenport-Saman A, Piridzhanyan A, Solomon O, Phillips Z, Kuo T, Yin L. Early childhood obesity among underserved families: A multilevel community-academic partnership. Am J Public Health. 2019;109(4), 593-596. PMID:30789762.

Chorbadjian TN, Deavenport-Saman A, Higgins C, Chao SM, Yang JH, Koolwijk I, Vanderbilt DL. Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Developmental Delay at 2 Years: A Population-based   Longitudinal Study. Matern Child Health J, 2020 Oct;24(10):1267-1277. doi: 10.1007/s10995-020-02990-8. PMID: 32780269.

Angell A, Deavenport-Saman, Yin L, Zou B, Chen A, Varma DS, Elder J, Norton JA, Solomon O. Sex Differences in Co-occurring Conditions among Autistic Children and Youth in Florida: Retrospective Cohort Study (2012-2019). J Autism Dev Disord. 2021Oct;51(10):3759-3765. PMID: 33394250.

Espinoza, JC, Deavenport-Saman A, Solomon O, Chowdhuri S,  Wee CP, Azen C, Orozco J, Kreutzer C, Yin L. Not just at school: inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorder in a weight management program in a community pediatric setting. Autism. 2021;25(3):642-655. PMID: 33626921.

Harstad E, Shults J, Barbaresi W, Bax A, Cacia J, Deavenport-Saman A, Friedman S, Angel Friedman S, LaRosa A, Loe I, Mittal S, Tulio S, Vanderbilt D, Blum N. α2-Adrenergic Agonists or Stimulants for Preschool-Age Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. JAMA. 2021 May 25; 325(20):2067-2075. PMID: 33946100.

Research Interests: 

Maternal and child health disparities; childhood obesity and underserved families; children with autism spectrum disorders or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders; children involved in the child welfare system; and health care quality, access, and use.

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