Iverson Research

Ellen Iverson is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine and is based in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. For more than 25 years, Ms. Iverson has designed and conducted mixed-method research focusing on individual, familial, social, and structural issues that have an impact on health outcomes and healthcare utilization. She is committed to designing studies directed toward the development of high quality interventions and appropriate and accessible healthcare, especially among our most vulnerable populations.

Research Topics

  • Adolescent and young adult health
  • Community-based approaches to addressing obesity and diabetes
  • Applying mixed-methods research in clinical settings.

Adolescent and Young Adult Health:  Iverson has conducted studies focusing on issues that affect the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults (AYA). Currently, she is focusing on research designed to understand the challenges of AYA with chronic illness and disability face as they transition from adolescents into adulthood and adult healthcare systems. In addition to her current focus, her research has addressed a wide spectrum of issues affecting AYA including, substance use, HIV/AIDS, inter-personal and community violence and sexual health.

Community-based Approaches to Addressing Obesity and Diabetes: For the past ten years, she has been working in partnership with USC in East and South Los Angeles to conduct research designed to understand the multi-layered factors contributing to the disproportionately high rates of obesity and diabetes in these communities and to develop community-driven strategies to address these factors and affect sustainable change.

Applying Mixed-Methods Research in Clinical Settings: She has worked in partnership with clinical researchers to integrate qualitative and quantitative methods into the design of research aimed to clinical interventions and explore social and behavioral factors affecting health outcomes. She has designed and conducted studies examining provider and patient perceptions of genomic medicine, decision-making and communication in critical care, approaches to care for HIV-infected patients, effectiveness of patient-centered care models, social skills interventions for AYA with neuro-development disorders and provider compassion fatigue and satisfaction.