Shonna Yin

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Shonna Yin, M.D.

Assistant Professor;
Departments of Pediatrics (BV-Ambulatory) and Population Health

Clinical Addresses

Department of Pediatrics
550 First Avenue, NBV 8 South 4-11
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-562-2821
Fax: 212-263-8172

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Medical Specialties


Medical Expertise

General Pediatrics

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Board Certification

2013 — Ab Pediatrics - Pediatrics


2002 — University of Rochester Medical Center, Medical Education
2002-2005 — New York University (Pediatrics), Residency Training

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Research Summary

H. Shonna Yin, MD, MSc, is a general pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health at the NYU School of Medicine / Bellevue Hospital Center. She is an NIH-funded researcher whose work centers on the issue of health literacy and its implications for child health. A large focus of her work involves examining the intersection between health literacy and medication safety, including the development and evaluation of low literacy strategies to improve parent understanding of medication instructions. Dr. Yin is Principal Investigator of a multi-site NIH/NICHD-funded R01 to develop and evaluate a low literacy medication labeling and dosing strategy for pediatric prescription liquid medications. Some of her work in medication safety is featured in the Joint Commission book "Addressing Patients' Health Literacy Needs." Dr. Yin is a key member of the CDC's PROTECT (Prevention of Overdoses and Treatment Errors in Children Taskforce) initiative, and served as co-chair of the subcommittee focused on the standardization of pediatric medication dosing instructions. She also serves as a member of the FDA's Risk Communication Advisory Committee. Other areas of research focus include examining low literacy strategies to address obesity prevention as well as chronic disease management (e.g. asthma). Dr. Yin serves as co-Principal Investigator of a multi-site NIH/NICHD-funded R01 to develop and test a low literacy and numeracy-focused intervention for early childhood obesity prevention (Greenlight). She is also working on a CTSI-funded project to improve health provider and parent management of child asthma through a health literacy, information technology-based approach. Dr. Yin has provided health literacy expertise to many groups, including the CDC, FDA, IOM, and AAP. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholar (2009-2012), and recipient of the Pfizer Fellowship in Health Literacy / Clear Health Communication (2007-2009).

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All data from NYU Health Sciences Library Faculty Bibliography — -


Health literacy and injury prevention behaviors among caregivers of infants
Heerman, William J; Perrin, Eliana M; Yin, H Shonna; Sanders, Lee M; Eden, Svetlana K; Shintani, Ayumi; Coyne-Beasley, Tamera; Bronaugh, Andrea B; Barkin, Shari L; Rothman, Russell L
2014 May;46(5):449-456, American journal of preventive medicine
— id: 917942, year: 2014, vol: 46, page: 449, stat: Journal Article,

Racial and ethnic differences associated with feeding- and activity-related behaviors in infants
Perrin, Eliana M; Rothman, Russell L; Sanders, Lee M; Skinner, Asheley C; Eden, Svetlana K; Shintani, Ayumi; Throop, Elizabeth M; Yin, H Shonna
2014 Apr;133(4):e857-e867, Pediatrics (1948)
— id: 1028932, year: 2014, vol: 133, page: e857, stat: Journal Article,

Seven practical principles for improving patient education: Evidence-based ideas from cognition science
Pusic, Martin V; Ching, Kevin; Yin, Hsiang Shonna; Kessler, David
2014 Mar;19(3):119-122, Paediatrics & child health
— id: 882972, year: 2014, vol: 19, page: 119, stat: Journal Article,

"Greenlight study": a controlled trial of low-literacy, early childhood obesity prevention
Sanders, Lee M; Perrin, Eliana M; Yin, H Shonna; Bronaugh, Andrea; Rothman, Russell L
2014 Jun;133(6):e1724-e1737, Pediatrics (1948)
— id: 1051752, year: 2014, vol: 133, page: e1724, stat: Journal Article,

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 May-Jun;14(3):262-270, Academic pediatrics
— id: 929972, year: 2014, vol: 14, page: 262, stat: Journal Article,

Unit of Measurement Used and Parent Medication Dosing Errors
Yin, H Shonna; Dreyer, Benard P; Ugboaja, Donna C; Sanchez, Dayana C; Paul, Ian M; Moreira, Hannah A; Rodriguez, Luis; Mendelsohn, Alan L
2014 Jul;:e354-e361, Pediatrics (1948)
— id: 1073512, year: 2014, vol: , page: e354, stat: Journal Article,

Parent health literacy and "obesogenic" feeding and physical activity-related infant care behaviors
Yin, H Shonna; Sanders, Lee M; Rothman, Russell L; Shustak, Rachel; Eden, Svetlana K; Shintani, Ayumi; Cerra, Maria E; Cruzatte, Evelyn F; Perrin, Eliana M
2014 Mar;164(3):577-583.e1, Journal of pediatrics
— id: 820452, year: 2014, vol: 164, page: 577, stat: Journal Article,

The association of acculturation and health literacy, numeracy and health-related skills in Spanish-speaking caregivers of young children
Ciampa, Philip J; White, Richard O; Perrin, Eliana M; Yin, H Shonna; Sanders, Lee M; Gayle, Eryka A; Rothman, Russell L
2013 Jun;15(3):492-498, Journal of immigrant & minority health
— id: 450332, year: 2013, vol: 15, page: 492, stat: Journal Article,

Readability, suitability, and characteristics of asthma action plans: examination of factors that may impair understanding
Yin, H Shonna; Gupta, Ruchi S; Tomopoulos, Suzy; Wolf, Michael S; Mendelsohn, Alan L; Antler, Lauren; Sanchez, Dayana C; Lau, Claudia Hillam; Dreyer, Benard P
2013 Jan;131(1):e116-e126, Pediatrics (1948)
— id: 214952, year: 2013, vol: 131, page: e116, stat: Journal Article,

Use of active ingredient information for low socioeconomic status parents' decision-making regarding cough and cold medications: role of health literacy
Yin, H Shonna; Mendelsohn, Alan L; Nagin, Perry; van Schaick, Linda; Cerra, Maria E; Dreyer, Benard P
2013 May-Jun;13(3):229-235, Academic pediatrics
— id: 353332, year: 2013, vol: 13, page: 229, stat: Journal Article,

Perceived Barriers to Care and Attitudes Towards Shared Decision-making Among Low Socioeconomic Status Parents: Role of Health Literacy
Yin, H Shonna; Dreyer, Benard P; Vivar, Karina L; Macfarland, Suzanne; van Schaick, Linda; Mendelsohn, Alan L
2012 Mar;12(2):117-124, Academic pediatrics
— id: 162032, year: 2012, vol: 12, page: 117, stat: Journal Article,

Health Literacy Assessment of Labeling of Pediatric Nonprescription Medications: Examination of Characteristics that May Impair Parent Understanding
Yin, HS; Parker, RM; Wolf, MS; Mendelsohn, AL; Sanders, LM; Vivar, KL; Carney, K; Cerra, ME; Dreyer, BP
2012 May;:288-296, Academic pediatrics
— id: 167040, year: 2012, vol: , page: 288, stat: Journal Article,

Use of a pictographic diagram to decrease parent dosing errors with infant acetaminophen: a health literacy perspective
Yin, H Shonna; Mendelsohn, Alan L; Fierman, Arthur; van Schaick, Linda; Bazan, Isabel S; Dreyer, Benard P
2011 Jan-Feb;11(1):50-57, Academic pediatrics
— id: 122539, year: 2011, vol: 11, page: 50, stat: Journal Article,

Interventions aimed at decreasing obesity in children younger than 2 years: a systematic review
Ciampa, Philip J; Kumar, Disha; Barkin, Shari L; Sanders, Lee M; Yin, H Shonna; Perrin, Eliana M; Rothman, Russell L
2010 Dec;164(12):1098-1104, Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine
— id: 134418, year: 2010, vol: 164, page: 1098, stat: Journal Article,

Medicine safety among children and adolescents
Shone, Laura P; Yin, H Shonna; Wolf, Michael S
2010 Jul-Aug;10(4):218-219, Academic pediatrics
— id: 110692, year: 2010, vol: 10, page: 218, stat: Journal Article,

Parents' medication administration errors: role of dosing instruments and health literacy
Yin, H Shonna; Mendelsohn, Alan L; Wolf, Michael S; Parker, Ruth M; Fierman, Arthur; van Schaick, Linda; Bazan, Isabel S; Kline, Matthew D; Dreyer, Benard P
2010 Feb;164(2):181-186, Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine
— id: 106513, year: 2010, vol: 164, page: 181, stat: Journal Article,

Evaluation of consistency in dosing directions and measuring devices for pediatric nonprescription liquid medications
Yin, H Shonna; Wolf, Michael S; Dreyer, Benard P; Sanders, Lee M; Parker, Ruth M
2010 Dec 15;304(23):2595-2602, JAMA
— id: 115427, year: 2010, vol: 304, page: 2595, stat: Journal Article,

Predictors of misunderstanding pediatric liquid medication instructions
Bailey, Stacy Cooper; Pandit, Anjali U; Yin, Shonna; Federman, Alex; Davis, Terry C; Parker, Ruth M; Wolf, Michael S
2009 Nov-Dec;41(10):715-721, Family medicine
— id: 110674, year: 2009, vol: 41, page: 715, stat: Journal Article,

Maternal literacy and associations between education and the cognitive home environment in low-income families
Green, Cori M; Berkule, Samantha B; Dreyer, Benard P; Fierman, Arthur H; Huberman, Harris S; Klass, Perri E; Tomopoulos, Suzy; Yin, Hsiang Shonna; Morrow, Lesley M; Mendelsohn, Alan L
2009 Sep;163(9):832-837, Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine
— id: 102162, year: 2009, vol: 163, page: 832, stat: Journal Article,

Health literacy and quality: focus on chronic illness care and patient safety
Rothman, Russell L; Yin, H Shonna; Mulvaney, Shelagh; Co, John Patrick T; Homer, Charles; Lannon, Carole
2009 Nov;124 Suppl 3:S315-S326, Pediatrics (1948)
— id: 120834, year: 2009, vol: 124 Suppl 3, page: S315, stat: Journal Article,

The health literacy of parents in the United States: a nationally representative study
Yin, H Shonna; Johnson, Matthew; Mendelsohn, Alan L; Abrams, Mary Ann; Sanders, Lee M; Dreyer, Benard P
2009 Nov;124 Suppl 3:S289-S298, Pediatrics (1948)
— id: 105173, year: 2009, vol: 124 Suppl 3, page: S289, stat: Journal Article,

Mothers' expectations for shared reading after delivery: implications for reading activities at 6 months
Berkule, Samantha B; Dreyer, Benard P; Klass, Perri E; Huberman, Harris S; Yin, Hsiang S; Mendelsohn, Alan L
2008 May-Jun;8(3):169-174, Ambulatory pediatrics
— id: 79413, year: 2008, vol: 8, page: 169, stat: Journal Article,

Randomized controlled trial of a pictogram-based intervention to reduce liquid medication dosing errors and improve adherence among caregivers of young children
Yin, H Shonna; Dreyer, Benard P; van Schaick, Linda; Foltin, George L; Dinglas, Cheryl; Mendelsohn, Alan L
2008 Sep;162(9):814-822, Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine
— id: 86559, year: 2008, vol: 162, page: 814, stat: Journal Article,

Association of low caregiver health literacy with reported use of nonstandardized dosing instruments and lack of knowledge of weight-based dosing
Yin, H Shonna; Dreyer, Benard P; Foltin, George; van Schaick, Linda; Mendelsohn, Alan L
2007 Jul-Aug;7(4):292-298, Ambulatory pediatrics
— id: 73796, year: 2007, vol: 7, page: 292,