Clinical Research

The goal of the Clinical Research Scholarly Concentration is to give practical experience to residents so they have the tools to understand and engage in clinical research. Required seminars (4/year) are designed to introduce residents to the critical concepts that underpin clinical research. Residents also conduct faculty-mentored, hypothesis-driven clinical research projects. These projects may be descriptive, observational, or interventional in design.

Contact Information

Gary M. Shaw, DrPH

Gary M. Shaw, DrPH is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has been the co-director of the pediatric clinical research scholarly concentration since Fall 2012. More  He has conducted epidemiologic research for 25 years.  His primary research interests include 1) epidemiology of birth defects, 2) gene-environment approaches to perinatal outcomes, and 3) nutrition and reproductive outcomes. He has published >300 papers in the scientific literature.


Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine.  More She is a developmental/health psychologist whose research has focused on social, environmental, cognitive and psychological factors involved in adolescents’ and young adults’ health-related decision-making, perceptions of risk and vulnerability, health communication, and risk behavior.  She has conducted several preventive service studies and is well-versed in clinical research and interventions, as well as outcomes research. She has extensive experience writing grants and conducting research involving clinical as well as large-scale research projects, studies involving longitudinal data, online data collection methods, and mixed qualitative and quantitative data, interview and focus group data, and survey data.


Alan Schroeder, MD

Alan Schroeder, MD, is the associate chief for research in the division of pediatric hospital medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and an associate clinical professor in the division of hospital medicine and the division of critical care. More  His research interests focus on identifying areas where we can “safely do less” in healthcare, and frequently lectures on this theme locally and nationally. Dr. Schroeder is currently involved in multiple projects involving common conditions in pediatrics such as head trauma, bronchiolitis, UTI, meningitis, and febrile infant management. He is a co-chair of the Lown RightCare Alliance Pediatric Council, co-chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Healthcare Value Special Interest Group, an editor of the Yearbook of Pediatrics and an assistant editor for the journal Hospital Pediatrics. Dr. Schroeder provides clinical care for children in the PICU and the pediatric ward.