Dr. Elissa R. Weitzman is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, and Faculty in the Computational Health Informatics Program. Her research is focused on understanding pediatric onset chronic disease over the life course including through mapping psychosocial and behavioral risks experienced by affected youth. Much of her work is geared toward advancing integration of patient-centered outcomes measures into research and care to guide preventive interventions. As a mixed-methods scientist, she is working across disciplines to bring new insights into understanding of patient-centered research about disease and treatment burden, including in relation to health risking and promoting behaviors.
She serves as a Principal Investigator in PEPR and is a member of the Steering Committee. Highly relevant to PEPR she is actively involved in a Maternal & Child Health (MCHB) funded national Adolescent/Young Adult Research Network to improve clinical preventive services for adolescents/young adults. She is PI of multiple NIH and foundation funded projects focused on ameliorating outcomes among chronically ill teens including through measuring and addressing health risk behaviors. Across her studies, Dr. Weitzman employs a participatory approach in which she is actively testing the return of research data to participants as a means of engagement them in research and advancing health protecting behaviors. Dr. Weitzman received her Masters and Doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health, and completed her post-doctoral training fellowships in Medical Ethics and Public Health in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.