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Ellen F. Iverson, MPH
Assistant Professor of Research Pediatrics
CHL Mail Stop 30 Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 361 3116


Ellen Iverson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the USC Keck school of Medicine and is currently the Deputy Director of the Community Health Outcomes and Intervention Research Program (CHOIR) at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Previously, she was Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute and headed the Research & Evaluation Group of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

For over 25 years, she has overseen and conducted numerous mixed and single method clinical and community-based studies at UCLA, the RAND Corporation and, most recently at USC/Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Her research integrates community based participatory research (CPBR) principles into her research activities and projects, most of which have focused on wide variety of health issues affecting underserved communities with a special focus on children, adolescents and young adult populations. During her tenure at CHLA, she has also developed and conducted multiple clinic- and community based research projects in Los Angeles and throughout the state. She is currently Co-Investigator on two NIH funded projects focused on patient-provider decision-making and the application of genetic testing in critical care and mixed-method, participatory research in East and South Los Angeles communities designed to develop an ecological approach to obesity and diabetes prevention.

As Executive Director of the OCE, she has been responsible for creating the three core community advisory councils that are helping steer the strategic direction and priorities of the SC-CTSI. In the past year, she has also planned and overseen forum, workshops and other events designed to strengthen the bridge and partnership between researcher and community practitioners. She is currently teaching seminars on research methods to CHLA clinical Fellows, precepts the Child Advocacy Rotation for CHLA interns and residents and is a member of multiple community advisory boards and community consortia supporting research and intervention efforts targeting adolescents and young adults.


Iverson E, Celious A, Kennedy CR, Shehane E, Eastman A, Warren V, Freeman BD. Factors affecting stress experienced by surrogate decision makers for critically ill patients: Implications for nursing practice. Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2014 Apr; 30(2):77-85. View in: PubMed

Schrager SM, Kecojevic A, Silva K, Jackson Bloom J, Iverson E, Lankenau SE. Correlates and Consequences of Opioid Misuse among High-Risk Young Adults. J Addict. 2014; 2014:156954. View in: PubMed

Wagner KD, Davidson PJ, Iverson E, Washburn R, Burke E, Kral AH, McNeeley M, Bloom JJ, Lankenau SE. "I felt like a superhero": The experience of responding to drug overdose among individuals trained in overdose prevention. Int J Drug Policy. 2014 Jan; 25(1):157-65. View in: PubMed

Claster S, Termuhlen A, Schrager SM, Wolfson JA, Iverson E. Pitfalls of using administrative data sets to describe clinical outcomes in sickle cell disease. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Dec; 60(12):1936-9. View in: PubMed

Wong CF, Silva K, Kecojevic A, Schrager SM, Bloom JJ, Iverson E, Lankenau SE. Coping and emotion regulation profiles as predictors of nonmedical prescription drug and illicit drug use among high-risk young adults. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Sep 1; 132(1-2):165-71. View in: PubMed

Iverson E, Celious A, Shehane E, Oerke M, Warren V, Eastman A, Kennedy CR, Freeman BD. Critical illness research involving collection of genomic data: the conundrum posed by low levels of genomic literacy among surrogate decision makers for critically ill patients. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2013 Jul; 8(3):53-7. View in: PubMed

Iverson E, Celious A, Kennedy CR, Shehane E, Eastman A, Warren V, Freeman BD. Perspectives of surrogate decision makers for critically ill patients regarding gene variation research. Genet Med. 2013 May; 15(5):368-73. View in: PubMed

Lankenau SE, Wagner KD, Silva K, Kecojevic A, Iverson E, McNeely M, Kral AH. Injection drug users trained by overdose prevention programs: responses to witnessed overdoses. J Community Health. 2013 Feb; 38(1):133-41. View in: PubMed

Wagner KD, Iverson E, Wong CF, Bloom JJ, McNeeley M, Davidson PJ, McCarty C, Kral AH, Lankenau SE. Personal social network factors associated with overdose prevention training participation. Subst Use Misuse. 2013 Jan; 48(1-2):21-30. View in: PubMed

Iverson E, Celious A, Kennedy CR, Shehane E, Eastman A, Warren V, Bolcic-Jankovic D, Clarridge B, Freeman BD. Real-time perspectives of surrogate decision-makers regarding critical illness research: findings of focus group participants. Chest. 2012 Dec; 142(6):1433-9. View in: PubMed

Kecojevic A, Wong CF, Schrager SM, Silva K, Bloom JJ, Iverson E, Lankenau SE. Initiation into prescription drug misuse: Differences between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and heterosexual high-risk young adults in Los Angeles and New York. Addict Behav. 2012 Nov; 37(11):1289-93. View in: PubMed

Ruelas V, Iverson E, Kiekel P, Peters A. The role of farmers' markets in two low income, urban communities. J Community Health. 2012 Jun; 37(3):554-62. View in: PubMed

Balasuriya D, Iverson E, Burke RV, Upperman JS. Community Engagement and Pediatric Disaster Readiness in a Large Urban Disaster Resource Hospital Network: The Case of "The Great California ShakeOut". Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012 Jun; 6(2):182-6. View in: PubMed

Freeman BD, Kennedy CR, Bolcic-Jankovic D, Eastman A, Iverson E, Shehane E, Celious A, Barillas J, Clarridge B. Considerations in the construction of an instrument to assess attitudes regarding critical illness gene variation research. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2012 Feb; 7(1):58-70. View in: PubMed

Burke RV, Iverson E, Goodhue CJ, Neches R, Upperman JS. Disaster and mass casualty events in the pediatric population. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2010 Nov; 19(4):265-70. View in: PubMed

Mackoff RL, Iverson EF, Kiekel P, Dorey F, Upperman JS, Metzenberg AB. Attitudes of genetic counselors towards genetic susceptibility testing in children. J Genet Couns. 2010 Aug; 19(4):402-16. View in: PubMed

Kubicek K, Beyer WJ, Weiss G, Iverson E, Kipke MD. In the dark: young men's stories of sexual initiation in the absence of relevant sexual health information. Health Educ Behav. 2010 Apr; 37(2):243-63. View in: PubMed

Kubicek K, Weiss G, Iverson EF, Kipke MD. Deconstructing the complexity of substance use among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) by optimizing the role of qualitative strategies in a mixed methods study. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Apr; 45(5):754-76. View in: PubMed

Ferrer RR, Balasuriya D, Iverson E, Upperman JS. Pediatric disaster preparedness of a hospital network in a large metropolitan region. Am J Disaster Med. 2010 Jan-Feb; 5(1):27-34. View in: PubMed

Ferrer RR, Ramirez M, Sauser K, Iverson E, Upperman JS. Emergency drills and exercises in healthcare organizations: assessment of pediatric population involvement using after-action reports. Am J Disaster Med. 2009 Jan-Feb; 4(1):23-32. View in: PubMed

Iverson EF, Balasuriya D, García GP, Sheng M, Richardson JL, Stoyanoff S, King JB. The challenges of assessing fidelity to physician-driven HIV prevention interventions: lessons learned implementing Partnership for Health in a Los Angeles HIV clinic. AIDS Behav. 2008 Nov; 12(6):978-88. View in: PubMed

Henry R, Richardson JL, Stoyanoff S, García GP, Dorey F, Iverson E, King JB. HIV/AIDS health service utilization by people who have been homeless. AIDS Behav. 2008 Sep; 12(5):815-21. View in: PubMed

Kubicek K, Carpineto J, McDavitt B, Weiss G, Iverson EF, Au CW, Kerrone D, Martinez M, Kipke MD. Integrating professional and folk models of HIV risk: YMSM's perceptions of high-risk sex. AIDS Educ Prev. 2008 Jun; 20(3):220-38. View in: PubMed

Kubicek K, Ramirez M, Limbos MA, Iverson E. Knowledge and behaviors of parents in planning for and dealing with emergencies. J Community Health. 2008 Jun; 33(3):158-68. View in: PubMed

Easton D, Iverson E, Cribbin M, Wilson E, Weiss G. Space: the new frontier in HIV prevention for young men who have sex with men. AIDS Educ Prev. 2007 Dec; 19(6):465-78. View in: PubMed

Limbos MA, Chan LS, Warf C, Schneir A, Iverson E, Shekelle P, Kipke MD. Effectiveness of interventions to prevent youth violence a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Jul; 33(1):65-74. View in: PubMed

Kipke MD, Iverson E, Moore D, Booker C, Ruelas V, Peters AL, Kaufman F. Food and park environments: neighborhood-level risks for childhood obesity in east Los Angeles. J Adolesc Health. 2007 Apr; 40(4):325-33. View in: PubMed

Kipke MD, Kubicek K, Weiss G, Wong C, Lopez D, Iverson E, Ford W. The health and health behaviors of young men who have sex with men. J Adolesc Health. 2007 Apr; 40(4):342-50. View in: PubMed

Kipke MD, Weiss G, Ramirez M, Dorey F, Ritt-Olson A, Iverson E, Ford W. Club drug use in los angeles among young men who have sex with men. Subst Use Misuse. 2007; 42(11):1723-43. View in: PubMed

Montgomery SB, Hyde J, De Rosa CJ, Rohrbach LA, Ennett S, Harvey SM, Clatts M, Iverson E, Kipke MD. Gender differences in HIV risk behaviors among young injectors and their social network members. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2002; 28(3):453-75. View in: PubMed

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