Who We Are
We are a collaborative network of researchers, service providers, and thought leaders committed to improving health and reducing disease by advancing life course intervention research. We bring together diverse expertise and perspectives to examine the origins and development of health, and to inform meaningful and evidence-based changes in practice, systems, and policies affecting children and families. We are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Research and Services Administration (HRSA).
National Coordinating Center
Neal Halfon, MD, MPH
Professor, Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health, Public Policy, Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Shirley Russ, MB ChB (Hons), MPH, MD
Senior Project Scientist
Dr. Shirley Ann Russ is a Project Scientist for the HRSA-MCHB funded Life Course Intervention Research Network at UCLA Center for Children, Families and Communities. Initially trained as a pediatrician in the UK and Australia with a special interest in child development, her main research interests have been in the implementation and evaluation of newborn hearing screening programs, improving systems of care for children with special healthcare needs, and life course health. She has co-chaired three NICHQ learning collaboratives with a focus on hearing loss and on epilepsy, and chaired a national expert panel on vision screening recommendations. She has an interest in co-morbidities and social determinants of health. She authored the chapter on a Life Course Approach to Hearing Health in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development and is currently working on the development of a life course intervention research agenda.
Mary Berghaus, MPH
Mary Berghaus MPH is the Program Manager for the Life Course Intervention Research Network (LCIRN) at the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities. She received her MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and served in the Peace Corps as a health volunteer through the Masters International program. She began her career providing and evaluating HIV prevention and testing services at a community-based organization in Portland, Oregon. Since then, she has supported and managed public health programs in Ghana, Central America, and the US, covering a variety of technical areas including HIV and TB, maternal, newborn and child health, malaria, reproductive health, infection prevention and control, health financing, and health systems strengthening.