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Welcome to the Weiss Lab

The Weiss Lab focuses on recruitment for clinical research with a particular interest in neonatal clinical trials. We have an overarching goal of improving child health through improving research in pediatrics. We strive for a better experience of being recruited for research for patients and their families and decreasing disparities in research participation, ultimately leading to a more representative population in research and hence less biased and more generalizable findings.



Current Research/Scholarship Projects

Dr. Weiss’s current primary research focuses on pediatric research ethics, including improving how researchers conduct neonatal clinical trials.

Improving Diversity in Neonatal Clinical Trial Enrollment

The goal of this project is to describe how parents make enrollment decisions and create and pilot test a modified recruitment approach designed to improve the recruitment process and to increase participation of under-represented populations in neonatal research.
Source of Support: National Institutes of Health
Role: Principal Investigator

Enrollment and Demographic Characteristics of Research Participants in US Neonatal Clinical Trials: a Systematic Review

The goals of this project are to 1) describe the demographic characteristics of infants within published neonatal clinical trials; and 2) describe reasons for non-inclusion among infants eligible for neonatal clinical trials.
Source of Support: Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Center for Clinical & Translational Research
Role: Principal Investigator

Validation of a Framework for Shared Decision-Making in Pediatrics

The overall goal of this project is to empirically refine a framework for implementing SDM in pediatrics using a diverse set of decision-making scenarios across multiple pediatric disciplines.
Source of Support: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Role: Other Significant Contributor

Highlighted Publications

  1. Weiss EM, Joffe S. Promoting Informed Decision Making for Comparative Effectiveness Randomized Trials. JAMA Pediatr 2015; 169(9):803-804. PMID: 26147046
  2. Weiss EM, Xie D, Cook N, Coughlin K, Joffe S. Characteristics Associated with Preferences for Parent-Centered Decision Making in Neonatal Intensive Care. JAMA Pediatr 2018; 172(5): 461-468. PMID: 29554176
  3. Weiss EM, Olszewski AE, Guttmann KF, Magnus BE, Li S, Shah AR, Juul SE, Wu YW, Ahmad KA, Bendel-Stenzel E, Isaza NA, Lampland AL, Mathur AM, Rao R, Riley D, Russell DG, Salih ZNI, Torr CB, Weitkamp JH, Anani UE, Chang T, Dudley J, Flibotte J, Havrilla EM, Kathen CM, O'Kane AC, Perez K, Stanley BJ, Wilfond BS, Shah SK. Parental Factors Associated with the Decision to Participate in a Neonatal Clinical Trial. JAMA Network Open 2021; 4(1):e2032106. PMID: 33433595
  4. Weiss EM, Guttmann KF, Olszewski AE Magnus BE, Li S, Kim SY, Shah AR, Juul SE, Wu YW, Ahmad KA, Bendel-Stenzel E, Isaza NA, Lampland AL, Mathur AM, Rao R, Riley D, Russell DG, Salih ZNI, Torr CB, Weitkamp JH, Anani UE, Chang T, Dudley J, Flibotte J, Havrilla EM, O'Kane AC, Perez K, Stanley BJ, Shah SK, Wilfond BS. Parental Enrollment Decision-making for a Neonatal Clinical Trial. J Pediatr 2021; 239: 143-149.e3. PMID: 34400207
  5. Weiss EM, Clark JD, Heike CL, Rosenberg AR, Shah SK, Wilfond BS, Opel DJ. Gaps in the Implementation of Shared Decision-making: Illustrative Cases. Pediatrics 2019; 143(3). PMID: 30824603

View a complete list of published work in My Bibliography.

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Contact Us

Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics

For questions or inquiries,
email: treumankatzcenter@seattlechildrens.org
call: 206-884-8355.

Physical Address

1900 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

Mailing Address

M/S JMB-6
PO Box 5371
Seattle, WA 98145-5005

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