Ragavan Receives K23 From National Institute of Child Health And Human Development

Pitt Pediatrics congratulates Maya Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS, on her K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). 

Ragavan’s goal for her K23 from NICHD is to develop and test a strengths-based, culturally affirming dating violence prevention program for Latine adolescents and their parents or caregivers. She will start by conducting dyadic interviews with parents and adolescents, then design the intervention by adapting an existing program (Dating Matters for Parents), and finally conduct a pilot randomized clinical trial.

Her work is in partnership with Salud Para Niños, a bilingual and bicultural pediatric medical home directed by Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco, and Casa San José, a resource and welcome center for Latine families. Her Pitt-based mentors include Elizbeth Miller, MD, PhD, FSAHM, Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, MPH, FAAP, Daniel Shaw, PhD, Jessica Merlin, MD, PhD, MBA, and Scott Rothenberger, PhD.