Aletha Yvette Akers, MD, MPH

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Main Building, Ste. 11NW10
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 590-6864
Fax: (215) 590-4708
BA (Dual degrees in Biology and Chemistry)
Bryn Mawr College, 1993.
MD (Medicine)
Johns Hopkins University, 2000.
MPH (Public Health)
University of North Carolina, 2006.
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Selected Publications

Ritchwood TD, Metzger I, Powell T, Vander Schaaf E, Corbie-Smith G, Wynn M, Zhou W, Lin F, Akers AY: How does pubertal development impact caregiver-adolescent communication about sex in rural, African American families? An examination of mediation effects. Journal of Early Adolescence October 2018.

Ava Skolnik, Alix Timko, Aletha Y. Akers: "Pilot of a Health Coaching Intervention to Improve Contraceptive Continuation Among Teen Mothers in the Dominican Republic", Poster and Oral Presentation. CHOP Global Health Conference (Philadelphia, PA) October 5 2018.

Rubinsak LA, Christianson MS, Akers AY, Carter J, Kaunitz AM, Temkin SM: Reproductive Health Care Across the Lifecourse of the Female Cancer Patient. Supportive Care in Cancer July 2018 Notes: [Epub ahead of print, Jul 26]

Aletha Y. Akers and Andrea J. Hoopes: "“Not for Me:” Why Young People Avoid Certain Birth Control Methods" [Online Blog]“not-me”-why-young-people-avoid-certain-birth-control-methods. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) PolicyLab, June 7 2018.

Ritchwood TD, Peasant C, Powell TW, Taggart T, Corbie-Smith G, and AkersAY.: Predictors of Caregiver Communication About Reproductive and Sexual Health and Sensitive Sex Topics. Journal of Family Issues 39(8): 2207–2231, June 2018 Notes: First published December 17, 2017.

Nadji A, Butler A, Harding J, Akers AY.: Improving adolescent reproductive health through online family engagement: Testing the ‘Parents are TALKING’ website. AIDS Education Month (AEM) Prevention Summit 2018 (Philadelphia, PA) June 2018 Notes: Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Martin K, Butler A, Timko A, Sabini C, Harding J, Richardson S, Skolnik A, Akers AY. : A pilot using health coaching for birth control continuation, Poster Presentation AIDS Education Month (AEM) Prevention Summit 2018 (Philadelphia, PA) June 2018 Notes: Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Paine CW, Harding J, Hiserodt E, White K, Richardson S, and Akers AY. : Understanding young women's experiences using intrauterine devices: A qualitative examination. AIDS Education Month (AEM)Summit 2018 (Philadelphia, PA) June 2018 Notes: Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Skolnik A, Faerber J, Harding J, Yu L, Hipwell AE, Akers AY. : Obesity, timing of sexual initiation and sexual risk behaviors among adolescent girls’ AIDS Education Month 2018 Summit (Philadelphia, PA) June 2018 Notes: Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Aletha Y. Akers, Nadia Dowshen, Cynthia Mollen, and Sarah Wood. : "Investing in America's Adolescents: Why the Distribution of Title X Funds Matters" [Online Blog] The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab May 23 2018.

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