Kathryn Taaffe McLearn, Ph.D.

Kathryn Taaffe McClearn, Ph.D.optional caption 


Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
North Carolina Center for Children's Health Care Improvement
University of North Carolina,Chapel Hill

Email:
kmclearn1@bellsouth.net

Kathryn Taaffe McLearn’s research focuses on the influence of parental health and child health care services on parenting practices and child outcomes. A primary interest is the notion of a two generation perspective for child health care that includes both child and parental physical and emotional/behavioral health factors and services. Recent articles focus on the effects of maternal depressive symptoms on early parenting practices. Currently McLearn is involved in the evaluation of the pediatric primary care initiative to determine the impact of Healthy Steps on families of varying incomes and mothers with depressive symptoms.

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McLearn, K.T., Knitzer, J. & Carter, A. Mental Health: A Neglected Partner in the Healthy Development of Young Children. In Aber, J.L., Bishop-Josef, S. J., Jones, S. M.,

McLearn, K.T., & Phillips, D.A.(Eds), Child Development and Social Policy: Knowledge for Action. Washington DC : American Psychological Association. (August 2006)

Aber, J.L., Bishop-Josef, S. J, Jones, S. M, McLearn, K.T., & Phillips, D.A.(Eds.), Child Development and Social Policy: Knowledge for Action. Washington DC: Washington DC: American Psychological Association. (August 2006).

McLearn, K.T., Minkovitz, C.S., Strobino, D.M., Marks, E. & Hou, W.The Timing of Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Mothers Parenting Practices with Young Children: Implications for Pediatric Practice. Pediatrics 2006; Vol. 117.

McLearn, K.T., Minkovitz, C.S., Strobino, D.M., Marks, E.,& Hou, W. Maternal Depressive Symptoms at 2-4 Months Post Partum and Early Parenting Practices. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, March 2006, Vol. 160: 279-284.

McLearn, K.T., Strobino D.M., Minkovitz, C.S., Marks, E., Bishai, D. & Hou, W. Narrowing the Income Gaps in Preventive Care for Young Children: Families in Healthy Steps. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, December 2004, 81(4): 556-567.

McLearn, K.T., Strobino D.M., Hughart, N., Minkovitz, C.S., Scharfstein, D., Marks, E. & Guyer, B. Developmental Services in Primary Care for Low-Income Children: Developmental Services in Primary Care for Low Income Children: Clinicians Perceptions of the Healthy Steps for Young Children Program, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, June 2004 81(2): 206-221.

Minkovitz, C.S., Hughart, N., Strobino D., Scharfstein, D., Grason, H., Hou, W., Miller, T., Bishai, D., Augustyn, M., McLearn, K.T & Guyer, B. A Practice Based Intervention to Enhance Quality of Care in the First Three Years of Life: Results from the Healthy Steps for Young Children Program, Journal of American Medical Association, December 17, 2003, 290 (23): 3081-91.

Halfon, N., Regalado, M., McLearn, K.T., Kuo, A. & Wright, K. Improving Developmental and Behavioral Health Services for Young Children: Opportunities for Practice, Programs and Systems Change. The Commonwealth Fund (2003).

Halfon, N., Schuster, M. & McLearn, K.T. Inroduction and Overview in Halfon, N., McLearn, K.T. and Schuster, M. (Eds.)Child Rearing in America: The Conditions of Families with Young Children. New York , NY: Cambridge University Press (2002).

Halfon, N. & McLearn, K.T. Families with Children Under Three: What We Know and Implications for Results and Policy. In Halfon, N., McLearn, K.T. and Schuster, M. (Eds) Child Rearing in America: The Conditions of Families with Young Children. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press (2002).