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Ashaunta T. Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS

Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Ashaunta T. Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Anderson received her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Stanford University, and her MD at Harvard Medical School. After her residency at Baylor, she completed public health degrees in the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA. Dr. Anderson’s current research explores the origins of health disparities in the social environments of early childhood. Her work is particularly focused on the impact of early school readiness and racial socialization on later academic achievement and related health outcomes. She has conducted a number of qualitative assessments of early childhood educators, pediatricians, and minority parents with the goal of developing a culturally appropriate way to enhance a child’s education, health, and resilience in a multi-ethnic society.


Medical School

Harvard Medical School


Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics


Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, M.S., Health Services



American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics
Academic Pediatric Association


2015: Nia Imani Heart Association Physician Award
2013: Janet and Ray Scherr Fellowship Loan Repayment Program
2012: APA/Aetna Young Investigator Award
2007-2010: New Century Scholar
APA mentoring program for residents interested in academic careers
2009: Billie Wright Adams Scholar


Anderson AT, Mack WJ, Horiuchi SS, Paulukonis S, Zhou M, Mei Zhou, Snyder AB, Doctor JN, Kipke M, Coates T, Freed G. Performance of National Quality Indicators in Pediatric Sickle Cell Anemia. Pediatrics. Published online: 3/6/2024 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-060804)

Anderson AT, Spinks-Franklin A, Heard-Garris N, Johnson T. We tell the story: Building collective resilience against racism from early childhood. Academic Pediatrics. 2024. In press.

Slopen N, Chang AR, Johnson TJ, Anderson AT, Bate AM, Clark S, Cohen A, Jindal M, Karbeah J, Pachter LM, Priest N, Suglia SF, Bryce N, Fawcett A, Heard-Garris N. Racial and ethnic inequities in the quality of pediatric care in the United States: A review of recent quantitative evidence. Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. 2024 Feb 1;8(2):147-58.

Atunah-Jay SJ, Phelan S, Anderson AT, Behl S, McTate EA, Sood G, Taylor KK, Brockman J, Salinas M, Biggs BK, Wieland ML, Asiedu GB. Promoting Safe & Supportive Healthcare Spaces for Youth Experiencing Racism. Academic Pediatrics. Published online: 1/18/2024 (doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2024.01.009)

Anderson AT, Doyle DM, Factor-Litvak P, Cohn B, Link BG. Racial socialization and discrimination-related psychological distress in middle-aged Black men and women. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2023;93(5):415-425.

Dreyer BP, Trent M, Anderson AT, Askew GL, Boyd R, Coker TR, Coyne-Beasley T, Fuentes-Afflick E, Johnson T, Mendoza F, Montoya-Williams D. The Death of George Floyd: Bending the Arc of History Toward Justice for Generations of Children. Pediatrics. 2020 Sep 1;146(3).

Anderson AT, Luartz L, Heard-Garris N, Widaman K, Chung PJ. The Detrimental Influence of Racial Discrimination on Child Health in the United States. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2020 Aug;112(4):411-422.

Anderson AT, Jackson A, Jones L, Kennedy DP, Wells K, Chung PJ. Minority parents’ perspectives on racial socialization and school readiness in the early childhood period. Academic Pediatrics. 2015;15:405-411.