November 21, 2017

Research Network

About the Research Network

The Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network (AYAH-RN) aims to create a national transdisciplinary research network devoted to accelerating the translation of developmental science into practice through:

  • Creating a national research agenda
  • Advancing the agenda through collaborative research projects
  • Disseminating research finds and other products

To create the national research agenda, the Network has published overarching recommendations and three review articles in the following areas:

Click here for a full list of Network resources. Click here for a full list of our current research projects.

Read below to learn more about our core project areas:

LEVERAGING DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE

FEATURED RESOURCE

In this article, Network researchers consider how to leverage some of the rapid advances in developmental neuroscience in ways that can improve adolescent health.

Click here for a full list of developmental neuroscience resources.

The Network applied developmental science in its work to improve adolescent and young adult health identifying opportunities for intervention and prevention. Resources and projects include:

  • A review article examining how developmental neuroscience can improve early intervention.

 

  • A study exploring developmental opportunities for clinic-based obesity interventions.

 

  • A study examining how civic engagement in adolescence links to health status in young adulthood.

 

Want more developmental science information? Check out the Center on the Developing Adolescent, and AYAH-RN partner.

IMPROVING PREVENTIVE SERVICES INTERVENTIONS

FEATURED RESOURCE

In this article, Network partners review research on system- and visit-level strategies to enhance clinical preventive service delivery and quality for adolescents and young adults.

Click here for a full list of clinical preventive service resources.

The Network aims to improve quality and effectiveness of clinical preventive services for adolescents and young adults. Current projects and resources include:

  • A review article on strategies to improve clinical preventive service delivery and change behavior.

 

  • A study on extending clinician reach through technology, e.g., mobile applications and wearable devices.

 

  • A project focused on educating parents in helping prevent opioid abuse.

 

  • A project to engage parents in the clinic, addressing areas such as monitoring and conflict.

INTEGRATING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND PRIMARY CARE SERVICES

FEATURED RESOURCE

In this article, Network partners review the current research literature for behavioral health integration in the adolescent and young adult population and make recommendation for needed research to move the field forward.

Click here for a full list of behavioral health resources.

The Network aims to advance research on models of care that integrate behavioral health care services in the primary care setting. Current projects and resources include:

  • A review article examining research on behavioral health integration, with research recommendations.

 

  • A clinic project to engage and support parents of youth with special health care needs.

EMERGING ISSUES

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Stay tuned for upcoming resources related to this topic!

Click here for a full list of emerging issue resources.

The Network remains responsive to advance research in emerging issues that are primarily outside of three priority foci. Current projects include:

  • A project on studying and developing models of care for transgender youth.

 

  • A survey of adolescent technology use; sleep hygiene and related clinical screening.