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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 http://pediatrics.med.nyu.edu/developmental/research/the-belle-project
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
Use of a Low Literacy Written Action Plan to Improve Parent Understanding of Pediatric Asthma Management: A Randomized Controlled Study
Yin, Hsiang Shonna; Gupta, Ruchi; Mendelsohn, Alan L; Dreyer, Benard P; van Schaick, Linda; Brown, Christina R; Encalada, Karen; Sanchez, Dayana; Warren, Christopher; Tomopoulos, Suzy. Use of a Low Literacy Written Action Plan to Improve Parent Understanding of Pediatric Asthma Management: A Randomized Controlled Study. Journal of asthma. 2017 Jan 3;:0-0 (2386532)
How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future: Improving Children's Lives
Dreyer, Benard P; Stein, Fernando; Remley, Karen. How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future: Improving Children's Lives. Pediatrics (1948). 2017 Jan ;139(1):?-? (2374562)
Effect of Medication Label Units of Measure on Parent Choice of Dosing Tool: A Randomized Experiment
Yin, H Shonna; Parker, Ruth M; Sanders, Lee M; Dreyer, Benard P; Mendelsohn, Alan; Bailey, Stacy; Patel, Deesha A; Jimenez, Jessica J; Kim, Kwang-Youn A; Jacobson, Kara; Hedlund, Laurie; Landa, Rosa; Maness, Leslie; Raythatha, Purvi Tailor; McFadden, Terri; Wolf, Michael S. Effect of Medication Label Units of Measure on Parent Choice of Dosing Tool: A Randomized Experiment. Academic pediatrics. 2016 Nov;16(8):734-741 (2101432)
Characteristics Associated With Adding Cereal Into the Bottle Among Immigrant Mother-Infant Dyads of Low Socioeconomic Status and Hispanic Ethnicity
Lucas, Candice Taylor; Messito, Mary Jo; Gross, Rachel S; Tomopoulos, Suzy; Fierman, Arthur H; Cates, Carolyn Brockmeyer; Johnson, Samantha Berkule; Dreyer, Benard; Mendelsohn, Alan L. Characteristics Associated With Adding Cereal Into the Bottle Among Immigrant Mother-Infant Dyads of Low Socioeconomic Status and Hispanic Ethnicity. Journal of nutrition education & behavior. 2016 Oct 15;49(1):27-34.e1 (2279972)
Liquid medication errors and dosing tools: A randomized controlled experiment
Shonna, Yin H; Parker, R M; Sanders, L M; Dreyer, B P; Mendelsohn, A L; Bailey, S; Patel, D A; Jimenez, J J; Kim, K -Y A; Jacobson, K; Hedlund, L; Smith, M C J; Harris, L M; McFadden, T; Wolf, M S. Liquid medication errors and dosing tools: A randomized controlled experiment. Pediatrics (1948). 2016 Oct;138(4):- e20160357 (2284152)