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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Vanderbilt: Faculty Receives 2019 Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Research Award

Dr. Shari Barkin, division chief of general pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, was honored recently with the 2019 Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Research Award.

The award acknowledges the contribution of an individual or a network in advancing pediatric knowledge through excellence in research, characterized by originality, creativity and methodological soundness.

Dr. Barkin, professor of pediatrics, director of pediatric obesity research and the William K. Warren Foundation Professor of Medicine, is internationally known in the field of behavioral interventions, addressing two of the most critical public health problems facing children — youth violence and obesity.

“We are thrilled that the Academic Pediatric Association is honoring Dr. Barkin for her invaluable contributions to research in the field of children’s health,” said Dr. Steven Webber, chair of the department of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief of Children’s Hospital and the James C. Overall Professor.

For more than a decade, Barkin, along with Metro Nashville’s Department of Parks and Recreation, has led a large academic-community partnership called the Nashville Collaborative, which serves as a learning lab to develop and test programs to improve the health of both parents and children, ideally amplifying health throughout families and into communities.

“I am truly honored to receive this award and to be acknowledged by my valued colleagues as making meaningful contributions to pediatric research. Research is a team sport and I am grateful to my research team, collaborators, and all the students and mentees I have worked with over the years,” Dr. Barkin said.