Benard P Dreyer

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Benard Dreyer

Professor, Department of Pediatrics
NYU Pediatric Inpatient Associates

Contact Info

462 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016


Research Summary

The work of my group has focused on the problems of poor immigrant families living in urban environments. We have studied the effects of family homelessness on growth of development and health status of children. We have looked at the effect of environmental toxins, such as lead, on early childhood development. And we have tested low-intensity clinic-based interventions that have the potential to improve early childhood language and cognitive development as well as parent-child interactions. To find out more about our important NIH-funded research, go to

Recently, we have begun looking at the effect of media violence on child behavior, and have begun to test interventions to decrease childhood obesity through a focus on parenting in early childhood. Finally, we are looking at novel methods to improve parent understanding by the use of pictograms and plain language materials to communicate with parents with low health literacy.

Major Areas of Investigation
*Interventions to promote cognitive and language development in early childhood among poor children.
*Prevention of childhood obesity.
*The effect of media violence on early childhood behavior.
*Health literacy of parents and children and its effect on patient outcomes, as well as interventions to improve patient outcomes in families with low health literacy

Reducing maternal depressive symptoms through promotion of parenting in pediatric primary care
Berkule, Samantha B; Cates, Carolyn Brockmeyer; Dreyer, Benard P; Huberman, Harris S; Arevalo, Jenny; Burtchen, Nina; Weisleder, Adriana; Mendelsohn, Alan L
2014-04-24; 0009-9228,Clinical pediatrics - id: 889452, year: 2014 Journal Article

Physicians' roles in creating health literate organizations: a call to action
Brach, Cindy; Dreyer, Benard P; Schillinger, Dean
2014-03-14; 0884-8734,Journal of general internal medicine - id: 833702, year: 2014 Journal Article

Postoperative Spinal Fusion Care in Pediatric Patients: Co-management Decreases Length of Stay
Rosenberg, Rebecca E; Ardalan, Kaveh; Wong, Wai; Patel, Sonya; Simson, Gabrielle Gold-von; Feldman, David; Lonner, Baron; Petrizzo, Anthony; Poitevien, Patricia; Gertz, Shira J; Dreyer, Benard
2014-12-01; 2328-4633,Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases (2013) - id: 1359982, year: 2014 Journal Article

Children under the age of two are more likely to watch inappropriate background media than older children
Tomopoulos, Suzy; Cates, Carolyn Brockmeyer; Dreyer, Benard P; Fierman, Arthur H; Berkule, Samantha B; Mendelsohn, Alan L
2014-05-10; 0803-5253,Acta paediatrica (1992) - id: 967502, year: 2014 Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Liquid medication dosing errors in children: role of provider counseling strategies
Yin, H Shonna; Dreyer, Benard P; Moreira, Hannah A; van Schaick, Linda; Rodriguez, Luis; Boettger, Susanne; Mendelsohn, Alan L
2014-04-30; 1876-2867,Academic pediatrics - id: 929972, year: 2014 Journal Article