Evaluation Director, Devlopmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program
Continuing Education Director, California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities 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. She is the Evaluation Director for the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program and the Continuing Education Director for the California-LEND Training Program and is, both funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She is the Co-Director of the CalFresh Healthy Living Program, formerly the Champions for Change- Healthy Communities Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Dr. Deavenport-Saman works to help reduce the prevalence of obesity among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education eligible populations by providing nutrition education, physical activity promotion, and working to create healthier environments for low-income individuals and families.

Education

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

Accomplishments

Certification: 

Certified in Public Health
Master Certified Health Education Specialist

Awards: 

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health: Kappa Chapter

Publications: 

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

Research Interests: 

Maternal and child health disparities, obesity and underserved families, children with autism spectrum disorders or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders and health care quality, access, and use

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