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Sheree Schrager fosters the development of CHLA- and USC-affiliated researchers in all aspects of quantitative research methodology, including experimental and non-experimental study design, survey and measure development, clinical research protocols, and data analysis and reporting, with a particular focus on advanced statistical methods.

Dr. Schrager serves as an investigator, mentor, and methodologist on more than 100 studies of pediatric, adolescent, and emerging adult health and risk behavior in partnership with faculty and trainees in seven divisions, including Hospital Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, General Pediatrics, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Neonatology, Cardiology, and Endocrinology.


Medical School: 

Graduate School: University of Wisconsin-Madison


Professional Memberships: 

Academic Pediatric Association, American Public Health Association, Association for Psychological Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi, Sigma Xi


Schrager SM, Kecojevic A, Silva K, Jackson Bloom J, Iverson E, Lankenau SE. Correlates and consequences of opioid misuse among high-risk young adults. J Addict. 2014 2014:1-8.

Schrager SM, Latkin C, Weiss G, Kubicek K, Kipke MD. High risk sexual activity in the House and Ball community: Influence of social networks. Am J Public Health. 2014 104(2):326-331.

Wu S, Baker C, Lang ME, Schrager SM, Liley FF, Papa C, Mira V, Balkian A, Mason WH. A randomized controlled trial of nebulized hypertonic saline for bronchiolitis. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 168(7):657-663.

Vanderbilt DL, Schrager SM, Llanes A, Hamilton AH, Seri I, Chmait RH. Predictors of two-year cognitive performance after laser surgery for twin-twin transfusion syndrome. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 211(4):388.e1-7.

Zipkin R, Ostrom K, Olowoyeye A, Markovitz B, Schrager SM. Association between implementation of a cardiovascular step-down unit and process of care outcomes in patients with congenital heart disease. Hosp Pediatr. In press.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Schrager's primary research has been in the health and risk behavior of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adolescents and young adults. She is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded R21 grant to develop a valid measure of minority stress for sexual minority adolescents. Additionally, she is a Co-Investigator of a newly funded multi-site R01 grant examining the physiological and psychological outcomes of medical treatments for transgender and gender non-conforming youth, a forthcoming Department of Defense grant to study the health and social networks of LGBT service members, and the ongoing evaluation of The Trevor Project crisis services for LGBT youth.

In addition to her work in LGBT health, Dr. Schrager is a Co-Investigator of two other NIDA-funded R01 grants, a study examining medical and non-medical marijuana use among emerging adults in Los Angeles County and a national study investigating prevalence, impact, and risk factors associated with substance use among youth in the child welfare system.

As a methodologist, Dr. Schrager also partners with other investigators to develop and adapt rigorous research methods for use in clinical and community research studies. Her ongoing work in this area includes the use of multilevel modeling techniques to study survivors of Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome; the development of new quality measures to assess inpatient and primary care quality for children with special healthcare needs; and the use of structural equation modeling and other latent variable approaches to understand minority stress processes on substance use and mental health outcomes in various minority youth and emerging adult populations.

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