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Joel Fein, MD, MPH
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Co-Leader, Health and Behavior Research Affinity Group

Dr. Fein conducts youth violence prevention research and has been the principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator of numerous federally funded projects addressing the youth violence epidemic through mixed-methods research, particularly community-based, participatory research (CBPR). He is currently the PI for a NICHD-funded study looking at the impact of a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) prevention program on assault-injured youth and their families.



Dr. Fein's research evaluates how to best reduce the incidence and impact of violence in the lives of children and families, with a focus on adolescent mental health and traumatic stress. He previously led the CDC-funded Urban Partnership Academic Center of Excellence, a multi-institutional effort grounded in community-based participatory research to prevent violence exposure for youth in Philadelphia.

He co-directs the Health and Behavior Research Affinity Group and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI), which promotes violence prevention research at multiple levels. Within VPI, Dr. Fein co-directs the STOP-Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), developing and testing innovative methods within the pediatric care setting to screen families for IPV, and the CHOP Violence Intervention Program, an intensive case management service for assault-injured youth recruited from the ED.

Regionally and nationally he is the co-director of the research workgroups for the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs and the Philadelphia ACE Task Force research committee, which helped to develop the literature on "expanded ACEs" related to community and neighborhood exposures. Dr. Fein also serves on the core leadership team for the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, a SAMHSA-funded Center that is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, with a focus on dissemination to healthcare providers, and has investigated PTSD in children who come to the ED.

Dr. Fein has also joined colleagues at Drexel University to develop a computerized adolescent behavioral health screening process that has become standard of care in the ED at CHOP.

Notable career achievements include:

  • Founding and directing the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Violence Prevention Initiative
  • Serving as a national leader in applying trauma-informed care to pediatric medical settings
  • Pioneering hospital-based violence prevention research
  • Applying research to create sustainable, fully implemented psychosocial interventions for vulnerable youth and families

Education and Training

BA, Wesleyan University (Biology and Psychology), 1984

MD, New York University College of Medicine, 1988

Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Emergency Medicine), 1993

MPH, University of Pennsylvania, 2005

Titles and Academic Titles

Co-Leader, Health and Behavior Research Affinity Group

Co-Director, Violence Prevention Initiative

Director of Advocacy and Health Policy, Division of Emergency Medicine

Professor of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

Society for Pediatric Research, 2002-

The Philadelphia Anti-Drug, Anti-Violence Network, 2004-

American Pediatric Society, 2012-

The Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2014-

Professional Awards

Society for Pediatric Research, 2002-

The Philadelphia Anti-Drug, Anti-Violence Network, 2004-

American Pediatric Society, 2012-

The Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2014-

Publication Highlights

Myers RK, Vega L, Culyba AJ, Fein JA. The psychosocial needs of adolescent males following interpersonal assault. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Aug; 61(2):262-265. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.02.022. PMID: 28526371
Marsac ML, Kassam-Adams N, Hildenbrand AK, Nicholls E, Winston FK, Leff S, Fein J. Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach in Pediatric Healthcare Networks. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Jan; 170(1):70-77. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.2206. PMID: 26571032
Cronholm PF, Forke CM, Wade R, Bair-Merritt MH, Fein JA. Adverse Childhood Experiences: Expanding the concept of adversity. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Sep; 49( 3):354–361. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2015.02.001. PMID: 26296440
Dolan MA, Fein JA and AAP Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Pediatric & adolescent mental health emergencies in the emergency medical services system. Pediatrics. 2011 May; 127(5):e1356-66. PMID: 21518712
Fein JA, Kassam-Adams N, Gavin M, Huang R, Blanchard D, Datner EM. Persistence of posttraumatic stress in violently injured youth seen in the emergency department. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002 Aug; 156(8):836-40. PMID: 12144377

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