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Kaja Lewinn, ScD

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentPsychiatry
Address401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco CA 94143
Phone415-476-7833
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    University of California, San FranciscoPostdoctoral Studies, Clinical Health Services Research Training Program 2012Clinical Services Research
    University of California, San Francisco and University of California, BerkeleyPostdoctoral Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program2010Neuroscience
    Harvard UniversitySocial Epidemiology Sc.D.2007School of Public Health
    Harvard UniversitySocial Epidemiology M.S. 2003School of Public Health
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    National Institute of Mental Health2012K01 Career Development Award
    National Academy of Sciences2011Sackler Colloquia Travel Award
    UCSF/UC Berkeley2007  - 2010 Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Fellow
    Harvard University2006  - 2007Achievement Gap Initiative Fellowship Recipient

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    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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    Prenatal and Early Childhood Pathways To Health:  An Integrated Model of Chemical and Social Exposures, Biological Mechanisms, and Sex-Specific Effects on Neurodevelopment and Respiratory Outcomes
    NIH UG3OD023271Sep 21, 2016 - Aug 31, 2018
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Social engagement, emotion regulation and depressive symptoms during adolescence
    NIH/NIMH K01MH097978Jul 27, 2012 - Apr 30, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Knight AK, Craig JM, Theda C, Bækvad-Hansen M, Bybjerg-Grauholm J, Hansen CS, Hollegaard MV, Hougaard DM, Mortensen PB, Weinsheimer SM, Werge TM, Brennan PA, Cubells JF, Newport DJ, Stowe ZN, Cheong JL, Dalach P, Doyle LW, Loke YJ, Baccarelli AA, Just AC, Wright RO, Téllez-Rojo MM, Svensson K, Trevisi L, Kennedy EM, Binder EB, Iurato S, Czamara D, Räikkönen K, Lahti JM, Pesonen AK, Kajantie E, Villa PM, Laivuori H, Hämäläinen E, Park HJ, Bailey LB, Parets SE, Kilaru V, Menon R, Horvath S, Bush NR, LeWinn KZ, Tylavsky FA, Conneely KN, Smith AK. An epigenetic clock for gestational age at birth based on blood methylation data. Genome Biol. 2016 Oct 07; 17(1):206. PMID: 27717399.
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    2. Connolly CG, Ho TC, Blom EH, LeWinn KZ, Sacchet MD, Tymofiyeva O, Simmons AN, Yang TT. Resting-state functional connectivity of the amygdala and longitudinal changes in depression severity in adolescent depression. J Affect Disord. 2016 Sep 23; 207:86-94. PMID: 27716542.
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    3. Tymofiyeva O, Connolly CG, Ho TC, Sacchet MD, Henje Blom E, LeWinn KZ, Xu D, Yang TT, et al. DTI-based connectome analysis of adolescents with major depressive disorder reveals hypoconnectivity of the right caudate. J Affect Disord. 2016 Sep 19; 207:18-25. PMID: 27673479.
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    4. Arons A, Bolbocean C, Bush NR, Tylavsky FA, LeWinn KZ. Participation in the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children is not associated with early childhood socioemotional development: Results from a longitudinal cohort study. Prev Med Rep. 2016 Dec; 4:507-11. PMID: 27688993.
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    5. Sacchet MD, Ho TC, Connolly CG, Tymofiyeva O, Lewinn K, Han LK, Blom EH, Tapert SF, Max JE, Frank GK, Paulus MP, Simmons AN, Gotlib IH, Yang TT, et al. Large-Scale Hypoconnectivity between Resting-State Functional Networks in Unmedicated Adolescent Major Depressive Disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2016 May 26. PMID: 27238621.
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    6. Henje-Blom E, Ho TC, Connolly CG, LeWinn KZ, Sacchet MD, Tymofiyeva O, Weng HY, Yang TT. The neuroscience and context of adolescent depression. Acta Paediatr. 2016 Apr; 105(4):358-65. PMID: 26663379.
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    7. Mu KJ, Moore SE, LeWinn KZ. Internet Use and Adolescent Binge Drinking: Findings from the Monitoring the Future Study. Addict Behav Rep. 2015 Dec 1; 2:61-66. PMID: 26807435.
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    8. Henje Blom E, Han LK, Connolly CG, Ho TC, Lin J, LeWinn KZ, Simmons AN, Sacchet MD, Mobayed N, Luna ME, Paulus M, Epel ES, Blackburn EH, Wolkowitz OM, Yang TT. Peripheral telomere length and hippocampal volume in adolescents with major depressive disorder. Transl Psychiatry. 2015; 5:e676. PMID: 26556285.
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    9. Hirschtritt ME, Ordóñez AE, Rico YC, LeWinn KZ. Internal resilience, peer victimization, and suicidal ideation among adolescents. Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2015 Nov 1; 27(4):415-23. PMID: 25719294.
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    10. Henje Blom E, Connolly CG, Ho TC, LeWinn KZ, Mobayed N, Han L, Paulus MP, Wu J, Simmons AN, Yang TT. Altered insular activation and increased insular functional connectivity during sad and happy face processing in adolescent major depressive disorder. J Affect Disord. 2015 Jun 1; 178:215-23. PMID: 25827506; PMCID: PMC4412607 [Available on 06/01/16].
    11. Kersten EE, LeWinn KZ, Gottlieb L, Jutte DP, Adler NE. San Francisco children living in redeveloped public housing used acute services less than children in older public housing. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Dec; 33(12):2230-7. PMID: 25489043.
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    12. Ho TC, Connolly CG, Henje Blom E, LeWinn KZ, Strigo IA, Paulus MP, Frank G, Max JE, Wu J, Chan M, Tapert SF, Simmons AN, Yang TT. Emotion-Dependent Functional Connectivity of the Default Mode Network in Adolescent Depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2015 Nov 1; 78(9):635-46. PMID: 25483399; PMCID: PMC4362932 [Available on 11/01/16].
    13. Henje Blom E, Duncan LG, Ho TC, Connolly CG, LeWinn KZ, Chesney M, Hecht FM, Yang TT. The development of an RDoC-based treatment program for adolescent depression: "Training for Awareness, Resilience, and Action" (TARA). Front Hum Neurosci. 2014; 8:630. PMID: 25191250; PMCID: PMC4137278.
    14. LeWinn KZ, Connolly CG, Wu J, Drahos M, Hoeft F, Ho TC, Simmons AN, Yang TT. White matter correlates of adolescent depression: structural evidence for frontolimbic disconnectivity. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 Aug; 53(8):899-909, 909.e1-7. PMID: 25062597; PMCID: PMC4112055.
    15. Stroud LR, Papandonatos GD, Shenassa E, Rodriguez D, Niaura R, LeWinn KZ, Lipsitt LP, Buka SL. Prenatal glucocorticoids and maternal smoking during pregnancy independently program adult nicotine dependence in daughters: a 40-year prospective study. Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Jan 1; 75(1):47-55. PMID: 24034414; PMCID: PMC3858529.
    16. Jutte DP, LeWinn KZ, Hutson MA, Dare R, Falk J. Bringing researchers and community developers together to revitalize a public housing project and improve health. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Nov; 30(11):2072-8. PMID: 22068398; PMCID: PMC4096893.
    17. Catalano R, Margerison-Zilko CE, Saxton K, LeWinn K, Anderson E. Reconstructing dose: a commentary on McEniry. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Mar; 72(6):1016-7; discussion 1018-20. PMID: 21324412; PMCID: PMC4060893.
    18. Catalano R, Goldman-Mellor S, Saxton K, Margerison-Zilko C, Subbaraman M, LeWinn K, Anderson E. The health effects of economic decline. Annu Rev Public Health. 2011; 32:431-50. PMID: 21054175; PMCID: PMC3855327.
    19. Subbaraman MS, Goldman-Mellor SJ, Anderson ES, Lewinn K, Saxton KB, Shumway M, Catalano R. An exploration of secondary sex ratios among women diagnosed with anxiety disorders. Hum Reprod. 2010 Aug; 25(8):2084-91. PMID: 20570972; PMCID: PMC2907232.
    20. LeWinn KZ, Stroud LR, Molnar BE, Ware JH, Koenen KC, Buka SL. Elevated maternal cortisol levels during pregnancy are associated with reduced childhood IQ. Int J Epidemiol. 2009 Dec; 38(6):1700-10. PMID: 19423658; PMCID: PMC2786250.
    21. Martin LT, Kubzansky LD, LeWinn KZ, Lipsitt LP, Satz P, Buka SL. Childhood cognitive performance and risk of generalized anxiety disorder. Int J Epidemiol. 2007 Aug; 36(4):769-75. PMID: 17470490.
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    22. Stroud LR, Solomon C, Shenassa E, Papandonatos G, Niaura R, Lipsitt LP, Lewinn K, Buka SL. Long-term stability of maternal prenatal steroid hormones from the National Collaborative Perinatal Project: still valid after all these years. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2007 Feb; 32(2):140-50. PMID: 17270355; PMCID: PMC2693201.
    23. Thomson CA, LeWinn K, Newton TR, Alberts DS, Martinez ME. Nutrition and diet in the development of gastrointestinal cancer. Curr Oncol Rep. 2003 May; 5(3):192-202. PMID: 12667416.
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