May 22, 2017

Research Network

About the Network

The Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network (AYAH-NRC) aims to create a national transdisciplinary research network devotes 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 is finalizing review articles that focuses on the following areas:

  • Leveraging developmental neuroscience
  • Improving preventive service interventions
  • Integrating behavioral health and primary care services

Read below to learn more about the 4 projects areas:

LEVERAGING DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE

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.

Network partners are focused on applying developmental science to health services research

This includes:

  • examining evidence from overweight/obesity clinical interventions to determine whether the peri-pubertal period presents a good opportunity for behavior change interventions

 

Read more about Leveraging Developmental Neuroscience >

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.

The Research Network is expanding on the use of technology to extend the clinicians’ reach. Network partners are developing an article summarizing what is known about the promises and challenges of different technologies used by youth, such as social media, digital technology and wearable devices.

Read more about Improving Preventive Services Integrations >

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.

Under this focus, the Network is considering projects focused on developing models of care that incorporate developmentally appropriate roles for parents.

Read more about Improving Preventive Services Integrations >

EMERGING ISSUES

FEATURED RESOURCE

Stay tuned for upcoming resources related to this topic!

This includes:

  • Working with the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) to examine social media use and sleep hygiene among adolescents.
  • Examining how best to provide healthcare to transgender youth