JoAnna K Leyenaar, MD, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of The Dartmouth Institute
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Pediatrics
The Dartmouth Institute
Healthcare quality for hospitalized children
Urban-rural disparities in pediatric healthcare quality
Healthcare delivery for pediatric mental health conditions
Hospital-to-home transitional care
Comparative Effectiveness of Direct Admission & Admission through Emergency Departments for Children (PCORI)
Urban-Rural Disparities in Children with Chronic Illness (NIH - NIMHD)
A pediatrician and health services researcher, Dr. JoAnna Leyenaar's work is focused on improving the quality of healthcare provided to children, particularly those who are vulnerable and underserved. In her clinical role, Dr. Leyenaar works as a pediatric hospitalist and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Pediatrics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Leyenaar's main areas of research interest include: care coordination for children with chronic illnesses, urban-rural disparities in healthcare quality, hospital-to-home transitions, integration of mental and behavioral healthcare in pediatrics, and care of opioid-exposed infants. She is currently receiving funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of direct admission to hospital as an alternative to admission through emergency departments. In addition, she is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to examine urban-rural disparities in healthcare access and outcomes for children with medical complexity. Dr. Leyenaar received her MD from McMaster University (Canada), her MPH from Harvard University, and her PhD from Tufts University.
Characterization of Birth Hospitalizations in the United States.
Pediatric Mental Health Hospitalizations at Acute Care Hospitals in the US, 2009-2019.
I-CARE: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Appropriateness of a Digital Health Intervention for Youth Experiencing Mental Health Boarding.
Direct Admission to Hospital for Children in the United States.
The association of regional perinatal risk factors and neonatal intensive care capacity for Military Health System-insured newborns.
Hospitalists' Perceptions of Pediatric Mental Health Boarding: Quality of Care and Moral Distress.
Urban-rural disparities in interfacility transfers for children during COVID-19.
Collaborative to Increase Lethal Means Counseling for Caregivers of Youth With Suicidality.
Multistakeholder Perspectives on Interventions to Support Youth During Mental Health Boarding.
Preparedness of Pediatric Subspecialty Fellows to Address Emotional and Mental Health Needs Among Children With Chronic Medical Conditions.