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Kym R. Ahrens, MD

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Kym R. Ahrens, MD

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent Medicine, Adolescent Behavioral Health

On staff since August 2005

Children's Title: Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"I love working with teens. They are some of the most challenging and rewarding patients at Childrens. I am passionately committed in my clinical and research work to helping at-risk adolescents experience a healthier transition to adulthood."

Overview

Board Certification(s)
Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine
Medical/Professional School
University of Iowa School of Medicine, Iowa City
Residency
Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Fellowship
Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Adolescent Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Clinical Interests

High-risk adolescents

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
New Investigator AwardSociety for Adolescent Health & Medicine 2013
UW Center for AIDS Research New Investigator AwardUW Center for AIDS Research 2010
NRSA Fellowship Award, NIH 2005 - 2008
Family Centered Care AwardUniversity of Washington Pediatrics Residency Program 2005

Publications

"It just happens": norms, attitudes, and other factors influencing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection risk in foster youth
Accepted for presentation at the International Association for Adolescent Health World Congress, Istanbul, Turkey , June 2013
psychosocial pathways to sti risk for adolescents in foster care: evidence from a longitudinal study of youth transitioning out of care
Accepted for presentation at the International Association for Adolescent Health World Congress, Istanbul, Turkey , June 2013
Chronic Stress exposure enhances the prospective effects of affective dysregulation on problematic alcohol use during adolescence
Accepted for presentation at the 2013 Research Socieety on Alcoholism annual Meeting, Orlando, FL , June 2013
"it just happens": norms, attitudes, and other factors influencing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection risk in foster youth
Presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Washington, DC , May 2013
art and reflections on health by youth transitioning from foster care
Presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Washington, DC , May 2013
Health insurance coverage and use of family planning services among current and former foster youth: implications of the health care reform law.
Journal of health politics, policy and law , April 2013: 38(2)421-39
pathways to sti risk for adolescents in foster care: evidence from a longitudinal study of youth transitioning out of care
Presented at the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA , March 2013
Chapter 26: Youth in Foster Care
The Handbook of Youth Mentoring, 2nd Edition. David DuBois and Michael Karcher, Eds. , 2013
Associations between adult attachment style and health risk behaviors in an adult female primary care population.
Journal of psychosomatic research , May 2012: 72(5)364-70
Association between childhood sexual abuse and transactional sex in youth aging out of foster care.
Child abuse & neglect , Jan. 2012: 36(1)75-80
"I am celibate and so are my sexual partners": the importance of mixed methods to understand STI/HIV risk among adolescents in foster care
Presented at the University of Washington Center for AIDS Research Annual HIV/AIDS Symposium, Seattle, WA , Nov. 2011
Qualitative exporation of relationships with important non-parental adults in the lives of youth in foster care.
Children and youth services review , June 2011: 33(6)1012-1023
Implications of health care reform legislation for access to reproductive health care services among current and former foster youth
Presented at the Reproductive Justice & Health Care Reform Conference, Chicago, IL , May 2011
Laboratory-diagnosed sexually transmitted infections in former foster youth compared with peers.
Pediatrics , July 2010: 126(1)e97-e103
the risk of laboratory-diagnosed sexually transmitted infections among female and male youth who have been in foster care
Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting , May 2010
relationships with non-parental adult mentors in adolescence and health outcomes in adulthood: evidence from a national study
Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine Annual Conference , April 2010
The university of washington pediatric residency program experience in global health and community health and advocacy.
The virtual mentor : VM , March 2010: 12(3)184-9
Naturally-acquired menotring relationships and young adult outcomes among adolescents with learning disabilities
Learning Disabilities Research & Practice , 2010: (24)207-216
A history of childhood rape is associated with an increased likelihood of prostitution among adolescents aging out of foster care
Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting , May 2009
A qualitative exploration of the adult mentoring relatinships in the lives of former youth in foster care
Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting , March 2008
Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes.
Pediatrics , 2008 Feb: 121(2)e246-52
Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes.
Pediatrics , 2008 Feb: 121(2)e246-52
A model for sustainable short-term international medical trips.
Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association , 2007 Jul-Aug: 7(4)317-20
Foster Care Youth with Adult Mentors During Adolescence Have Improved Adult Outcomes
Presented at the Society for Adolescent Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO , March 2007
Sustainable Short-Term International Medical Trips: Lessons Learned from a Resident-Run Program
Ambulatory Pediatrics , 2007: 7:317-320
Do Disabled Youth with naturally-acquired mentoring relationships have improved outcomes during adulthood?
Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting , 2007

Research Funding

Grant TitleGrantorAmountAward Date
Developing an HIV/STI intervention for foster youth using attachment theoryNational Institute of Mental Health/NIH $885,651Aug. 1, 2010 - July 31, 1915
Using attachment theory to understand the HIV/STI risk of youth in foster careUW Center for AIDS Research $$54,926May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2012
Pediatric Loan Repayment ProgramNIHJan. 1, 2009

Primary Office

Seattle Children's Research Institute
CW8-6 - Child Health, Behavior and Development
2001 Eighth Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
206-884-1031

Additional Offices

Seattle Children's
CSB-200 - Adolescent Medicine
PO Box 5371
Seattle, WA 98145-5005
206-987-2028

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