Kaja Lewinn, ScD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||401 Parnassus Ave.|
San Francisco CA 94143
|University of California, San Francisco||Postdoctoral Studies, Clinical Health Services Research Training Program ||2012||Clinical Services Research|
|University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley||Postdoctoral Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program||2010||Neuroscience|
|Harvard University||Social Epidemiology Sc.D.||2007||School of Public Health|
|Harvard University||Social Epidemiology M.S. ||2003||School of Public Health|
|National Institute of Mental Health||2012||K01 Career Development Award|
|National Academy of Sciences||2011||Sackler Colloquia Travel Award|
||2010|| Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Fellow|
||2007||Achievement Gap Initiative Fellowship Recipient|
Kaja LeWinn, Sc.D., is an epidemiologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Division at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. LeWinn attained her doctorate in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed fellowships through the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program and the Clinical Services Research Training Program at UCSF. Dr. LeWinn takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the influence of social context on cognitive and socioemotional development during childhood and adolescence. She conducts this work at several levels of analysis, which include 1) longitudinal, epidemiological cohort studies of pediatric populations that allow for generalizable knowledge about the role of social context in shaping early cognitive and socioemotional skills, 2) task-based fMRI to better understand the neural underpinnings of socioemotional development, and 3) school-based data collection efforts that provide insight into the importance of socioemotional skills for academic performance and educational attainment. She is Co-Scientific Director of a longitudinal birth cohort study of over 1,500 women and their children (the Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Early Learning study- CANDLE) designed to understand the links between early life adversity and cognitive and socioemotional development in early childhood. She is an M-PI of PATHWAYS, a birth cohort study that combines the CANDLE study with two additional extant cohorts funded by the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) initiative. PATHWAYS investigators will examine the combined impact of chemical (e.g. phthalates, air pollution) and non-chemical (e.g. psychosocial) stressors during pregnancy on child neurodevelopment and asthma outcomes in a combined cohort of 3,500 mother-child dyads. She is Co-PI of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded cohort study in Flint, Michigan designed to assess the impact of lead exposure during the Flint water crisis on child cognitive and socioemotional outcomes. Dr. LeWinn is dedicated to applying her work to the prevention of mental health disorders. She works closely with the San Francisco Unified School District to address the emotional well being of students, and is assisting their efforts to identify needs, evaluate current programming and interventions, and develop novel preventive interventions that promote mental health.
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