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Neal Halfon, M.P.H., M.D. [ Edit Your Profile ]

Work Email Address: nhalfon@ucla.edu

Fax Number: (310) 312-9210
Work Phone Number: (310) 794-0967

Mailing Address:
UCLA Ped-Gen
BOX 956939, 10960 Wilshire Blvd Ste 960
Los Angeles, CA 90095

UCLA Professor, Pediatrics Professor, Public Policy

Research Interests

Lifecourse Research Network

B.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1969 - 1973
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1982 - 1984
M.D., University of California, Davis, 1974 - 1978
1978 - 1981 University of California, San Diego & UCSF
University of California, San Diego & Berkeley, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar

Honors and Awards:
2006 - Academic Pediatric Association , Annual Research Award, Life Time Contribution to Child Health Research
2012 - Mental Health Services Association, Los Angeles, Advocate of the Year
2017 American Academy of Pediatrics , C Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development


Dr. Neal Halfon's role in the CTSI is to serve as an associate director with responsibility for maternal child and adolescent research, with a particular focus on translating clinical to community and population venues. As such he will report to the Principal Investigator, Dr Dubinett and serve as a member of the oversight committee. His administrative, program and teaching qualifications for this position come from several roles that he plays at UCLA including: i) as founding director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children Families and Communities, an interdisciplinary cross campus research, training and policy institute with faculty membership spanning five schools and 15 academic departments; ii) as founding director of the Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) funded Child and Family Health Training Program in the School of Public Health that was established in 1996 and is responsible for training doctoral students and advancing leadership of health professionals in MCH research, program development and systems improvement. He also directs several national policy development and support initiatives for MCHB. He leads the multi-year Blue Sky initiative funded by The California Endowment to envision a transformed health system for children that addresses historic challenges in incentives, disciplinary and cultural viewpoints and brings emerging scientific discovery about causes and interventions into specific recommendations for health care reform and policy. He is committed to research that changes how scientists, policymakers, providers and the general population view the health care problems facing children and is also committed to collaborative innovation and transformation as the roadmap to altering the health trajectories of individuals across the life course. From a scientific standpoint Dr. Halfon's research has focused on defining the epidemiology of child health; improving the delivery of health services to high risk and vulnerable child populations, and on developing and improving community based systems of care for children. He has also had a long standing interest on the developmental origins of childhood health conditions and on life course influences on adult health. He currently directs the new MCHB funded Life Course Research Network. He is also the Principal Investigator for the UCLA based Los Angeles and Ventura Study Center for the NICHD funded National Children's Study (NCS). In that role he not only oversees the largest site for the NCS but he is also directing or involved with several formative research projects focused on development and improving the outreach, recruitment and measurement methodologies that are being developed for that study. Dr. Halfon also serves as director of a national initiative to improve the measurement of child health in community settings. Funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation, the Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS) initiative is working with 14 cities across the US to develop better measures of child health and well being that can be used to drive data-driven community health improvement initiatives.

Halfon Neal, Conway Patrick H, The opportunities and challenges of a lifelong health system. The New England journal of medicine. 2013; 368(17): 1569-71.
Halfon Neal, Kuo Alice A, What DSM-5 Could Mean to Children With Autism and Their Families. JAMA pediatrics. 2013; 1-6.
Russ Shirley A, Larson Kandyce, Halfon Neal, A national profile of childhood epilepsy and seizure disorder. Pediatrics. 2012; 129(2): 256-64.
Halfon Neal, Addressing health inequalities in the US: a life course health development approach. Social science & medicine (1982). 2012; 74(5): 671-3.
Halfon Neal, Verhoef Philip A, Kuo Alice A, Childhood antecedents to adult cardiovascular disease. Pediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics. 2012; 33(2): 51-60; quiz 61.
Larson Kandyce, Halfon Neal, Parental divorce and adult longevity. International journal of public health. 2012; .
Halfon Neal, Houtrow Amy, Larson Kandyce, Newacheck Paul W, The changing landscape of disability in childhood. The Future of children / Center for the Future of Children, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 2012; 22(1): 13-42.
Halfon Neal, Stevens Gregory D, Larson Kandyce, Olson Lynn M, Duration of a well-child visit: association with content, family-centeredness, and satisfaction. Pediatrics. 2011; 128(4): 657-64.
Kuo Alice A, Inkelas Moira, Slusser Wendelin M, Maidenberg Molly, Halfon Neal, Introduction of solid food to young infants. Maternal and child health journal. 2011; 15(8): 1185-94.
Larson Kandyce, Russ Shirley A, Kahn Robert S, Halfon Neal, Patterns of comorbidity, functioning, and service use for US children with ADHD, 2007. Pediatrics. 2011; 127(3): 462-70.
Bethell Christina, Reuland Colleen, Schor Edward, Abrahms Melinda, Halfon Neal, Rates of parent-centered developmental screening: disparities and links to services access. Pediatrics. 2011; 128(1): 146-55.
Lu Michael C, Kotelchuck Milton, Hogan Vijaya, Jones Loretta, Wright Kynna, Halfon Neal, Closing the Black-White gap in birth outcomes: a life-course approach. Ethnicity & disease. 2010; 20(1 Suppl 2): S2-62-76.
Halfon Neal, Newacheck Paul W, Evolving notions of childhood chronic illness. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 2010; 303(7): 665-6.
Regalado Michael, Larson Kandyce, Wissow Lawrence S, Halfon Neal, Factors associated with discipline counseling for parents of infants and young children. Academic pediatrics. 2010; 10(5): 353-9.
Larson Kandyce, Halfon Neal, Family income gradients in the health and health care access of US children. Maternal and child health journal. 2010; 14(3): 332-42.
Halfon Neal, Lu Michael C, Gestational weight gain and birthweight. Lancet. 2010; 376(9745): 937-8.
Fuller Bruce, Bein Edward, Bridges Margaret, Halfon Neal, Jung Sunyoung, Rabe-Hesketh Sophia, Kuo Alice, Maternal practices that influence Hispanic infants' health and cognitive growth. Pediatrics. 2010; 125(2): e324-32.
Halfon Neal, Stanley Lisa, DuPlessis Helen, Measuring the quality of developmental services for young children: a new approach. Issue brief (Commonwealth Fund). 2010; 84(5): 1-14.
Halfon Neal, Larson Kandyce, Russ Shirley, Why social determinants?. Healthcare quarterly (Toronto, Ont.). 2010; 14 Spec No 1(3): 8-20.
Halfon Neal, Russ Shirley, Oberklaid Frank, Bertrand Jane, Eisenstadt Naomi, An international comparison of early childhood initiatives: from services to systems. Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP. 2009; 30(5): 471-3.
Russ Shirley A, Larson Kandyce, Franke Todd Michael, Halfon Neal, Associations between media use and health in US children. Academic pediatrics. 2009; 9(5): 300-6.
Margolis Peter, Halfon Neal, Innovation networks: a strategy to transform primary health care. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 2009; 302(13): 1461-2.
Kuo Alice A, Inkelas Moira, Maidenberg Molly, Lotstein Debra S, Samson Kyra M, Halfon Neal, Pediatricians' roles in the provision of developmental services: an international study. Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP. 2009; 30(4): 331-9.
Fuller Bruce, Bridges Margaret, Bein Edward, Jang Heeju, Jung Sunyoung, Rabe-Hesketh Sophia, Halfon Neal, Kuo Alice, The health and cognitive growth of Latino toddlers: at risk or immigrant paradox?. Maternal and child health journal. 2009; 13(6): 755-68.
Halfon Neal, The power of building systems. Paediatrics & child health. 2009; 14(10): 654-5.
Lotstein Debra S, Inkelas Moira, Hays Ron D, Halfon Neal, Brook Robert, Access to care for youth with special health care needs in the transition to adulthood. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2008; 43(1): 23-9.
Larson Kandyce, Russ Shirley A, Crall James J, Halfon Neal, Influence of multiple social risks on children's health. Pediatrics. 2008; 121(2): 337-44.
Halfon Neal, DuPlessis Helen, Barrett Emily, Looking back at pediatrics to move forward in obstetrics. Current opinion in obstetrics & gynecology. 2008; 20(6): 566-73.
Raghavan Ramesh, Inkelas Moira, Franke Todd, Halfon Neal, Administrative barriers to the adoption of high-quality mental health services for children in foster care: a national study. Administration and policy in mental health. 2007; 34(3): 191-201.
Mistry Ritesh, Stevens Gregory D, Sareen Harvinder, De Vogli Roberto, Halfon Neal, Parenting-related stressors and self-reported mental health of mothers with young children. American journal of public health. 2007; 97(7): 1261-8.
Halfon Neal, DuPlessis Helen, Inkelas Moira, Transforming the U.S. child health system. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2007; 26(2): 315-30.
Stevens Gregory D, Seid Michael, Mistry Ritesh, Halfon Neal, Disparities in primary care for vulnerable children: the influence of multiple risk factors. Health services research. 2006; 41(2): 507-31.
Pasztor Eileen Mayers, Hollinger David Swanson, Inkelas Moira, Halfon Neal, Health and mental health services for children in foster care: the central role of foster parents. Child welfare. 2006; 85(1): 33-57.
Kuo Alice A, Inkelas Moira, Lotstein Debra S, Samson Kyra M, Schor Edward L, Halfon Neal, Rethinking well-child care in the United States: an international comparison. Pediatrics. 2006; 118(4): 1692-702.
Russ Shirley, Halfon Neal, Early identification of language delays--are we there yet?. Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP. 2005; 26(4): 304-6; discussion 307.
Stevens Gregory D, Mistry Ritesh, Zuckerman Barry, Halfon Neal, The parent-provider relationship: does race/ethnicity concordance or discordance influence parent reports of the receipt of high quality basic pediatric preventive services?. Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. 2005; 82(4): 560-74.
Halfon Neal, Regalado Michael, Sareen Harvinder, Inkelas Moira, Reuland Colleen H Peck, Glascoe Frances P, Olson Lynn M, Assessing development in the pediatric office. Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1926-33.
Inkelas Moira, Schuster Mark A, Olson Lynn M, Park Christina H, Halfon Neal, Continuity of primary care clinician in early childhood. Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1917-25.
Santoli Jeanne M, Huet Natalie J, Smith Philip J, Barker Lawrence E, Rodewald Lance E, Inkelas Moira, Olson Lynn M, Halfon Neal, Insurance status and vaccination coverage among US preschool children. Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1959-64.
Halfon Neal, Olson Lynn M, Introduction: results from a new national survey of children's health. Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1895-8.
Bethell Christina, Reuland Colleen H Peck, Halfon Neal, Schor Edward L, Measuring the quality of preventive and developmental services for young children: national estimates and patterns of clinicians' performance. Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1973-83.
Olson Lynn M, Inkelas Moira, Halfon Neal, Schuster Mark A, O'Connor Karen G, Mistry Ritesh, Overview of the content of health supervision for young children: reports from parents and pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1907-16.
Kuo Alice A, Franke Todd M, Regalado Michael, Halfon Neal, Parent report of reading to young children. Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1944-51.
Regalado Michael, Sareen Harvinder, Inkelas Moira, Wissow Lawrence S, Halfon Neal, Parents' discipline of young children: results from the National Survey of Early Childhood Health. Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1952-8.
Zuckerman Barry, Stevens Gregory D, Inkelas Moira, Halfon Neal, Prevalence and correlates of high-quality basic pediatric preventive care. Pediatrics. 2004; 114(6): 1522-9.
Kogan Michael D, Schuster Mark A, Yu Stella M, Park Christina H, Olson Lynn M, Inkelas Moira, Bethell Christina, Chung Paul J, Halfon Neal, Routine assessment of family and community health risks: parent views and what they receive. Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1934-43.
Halfon Neal, Inkelas Moira, Mistry Ritesh, Olson Lynn M, Satisfaction with health care for young children. Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1965-72.
Blumberg Stephen J, Halfon Neal, Olson Lynn M, The National Survey of Early Childhood Health . Pediatrics. 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1899-906.
Neal Halfon, Michael Regalado, Kathryn Taaffe McLearn, Alice A. Kuo, Kynna Wright, Building a Bridge from Birth to School. The Commonwealth Fund. 2003; .
Stevens Gregory D, Mistry Ritesh, Halfon Neal, Caution urged in concluding disparities mitigated by increase in AA docs. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2003; 95(8): 755-6; author reply 756.
Lu Michael C, Prentice Julia, Yu Stella M, Inkelas Moira, Lange Linda O, Halfon Neal, Childbirth education classes: sociodemographic disparities in attendance and the association of attendance with breastfeeding initiation. Maternal and child health journal. 2003; 7(2): 87-93.
Lara Marielena, Duan Naihua, Sherbourne Cathy, Halfon Neal, Leibowitz Arleen, Brook Robert H, Children's use of emergency departments for asthma: persistent barriers or acute need?. The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma. 2003; 40(3): 289-99.
Caronna Elizabeth B, Halfon Neal, Dipping deeper into the reservoir of autistic spectrum disorder. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine. 2003; 157(7): 619-21.
Halfon, Neal, MD, MPH & Inkelas, Moira, PhD, MPH, Optimizing the Health & Development of Children (Editorial). JAMA. 2003; 290(23): 3136-3138.
Halfon Neal, Inkelas Moira, Optimizing the health and development of children. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 2003; 290(23): 3136-8.
Lu M C, Tache V, Alexander G R, Kotelchuck M, Halfon N, Preventing low birth weight: is prenatal care the answer?. The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians. 2003; 13(6): 362-80.
Lu Michael C, Halfon Neal, Racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes: a life-course perspective. Maternal and child health journal. 2003; 7(1): 13-30.
Zuckerman Barry, Halfon Neal, School readiness: an idea whose time has arrived. Pediatrics. 2003; 111(6 Pt 1): 1433-6.
Halfon Neal, Hochstein Miles, Life course health development: an integrated framework for developing health, policy, and research. The Milbank quarterly. 2002; 80(3): 433-79, iii.
Prentice Julia C, Lu Michael C, Lange Linda, Halfon Neal, The association between reported childhood sexual abuse and breastfeeding initiation. Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association. 2002; 18(3): 219-26.
Newacheck P W, Halfon N, Prevalence, impact, and trends in childhood disability due to asthma. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine. 2000; 154(3): 287-93.
Neal Halfon, Moira Inkelas, Miles Hochstein, The Health Development Organization. The Milbank Quarterly. 2000; 78(3): 447-497.
DuPlessis H M, Inkelas M, Halfon N, Assessing the performance of community systems for children. Health services research. 1998; 33(4 Pt 2): 1111-42.
Halfon N, Newacheck P W, Hughes D, Brindis C, Community health monitoring: taking the pulse of America's children. Maternal and child health journal. 1998; 2(2): 95-109.
Halfon N, Schuster M, Valentine W, McGlynn E, Improving the quality of healthcare for children: implementing the results of the AHSR research agenda conference. Health services research. 1998; 33(4 Pt 2): 955-76.
Newacheck P W, Halfon N, Prevalence and impact of disabling chronic conditions in childhood. American journal of public health. 1998; 88(4): 610-7.
Schickedanz Adam, Dreyer Benard P, Halfon Neal, Childhood Poverty: Understanding and Preventing the Adverse Impacts of a Most-Prevalent Risk to Pediatric Health and Well-Being. Pediatric clinics of North America. 2015; 62(5): 1111-35.
Szilagyi Moira, Halfon Neal, Pediatric Adverse Childhood Experiences: Implications for Life Course Health Trajectories. Academic pediatrics. 2015; 15(5): 467-8.
Larson Kandyce, Russ Shirley A, Nelson Bergen B, Olson Lynn M, Halfon Neal, Cognitive ability at kindergarten entry and socioeconomic status. Pediatrics. 2015; 135(2): e440-8.
Halfon Neal, Wise Paul H, Forrest Christopher B, The changing nature of children's health development: new challenges require major policy solutions. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2014; 33(12): 2116-24.
Bethell Christina D, Newacheck Paul, Hawes Eva, Halfon Neal, Adverse childhood experiences: assessing the impact on health and school engagement and the mitigating role of resilience. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2014; 33(12): 2106-15.
Halfon Neal, Long Peter, Chang Debbie I, Hester James, Inkelas Moira, Rodgers Anthony, Applying a 3.0 transformation framework to guide large-scale health system reform. Health affairs (Project Hope). 2014; 33(11): 2003-11.
Cheng Tina L, Wise Paul H, Halfon Neal, Quality health care for children and the Affordable Care Act: a voltage drop checklist. Pediatrics. 2014; 134(4): 794-802.
Houtrow Amy J, Larson Kandyce, Olson Lynn M, Newacheck Paul W, Halfon Neal, Changing trends of childhood disability, 2001-2011. Pediatrics. 2014; 134(3): 530-8.
Fry-Bowers Eileen K, Nicholas William, Halfon Neal, Children's health care and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: what's at stake?. JAMA pediatrics. 2014; 168(6): 505-6.
Cheng Tina L, Wise Paul H, Halfon Neal, Promise and perils of the Affordable Care Act for children. JAMA. 2014; 311(17): 1733-4.
Halfon Neal, Larson Kandyce, Lu Michael, Tullis Ericka, Russ Shirley, Lifecourse health development: past, present and future. Maternal and child health journal. 2014; 18(2): 344-65.
Russ Shirley A, Larson Kandyce, Tullis Ericka, Halfon Neal, A lifecourse approach to health development: implications for the maternal and child health research agenda. Maternal and child health journal. 2014; 18(2): 497-510.

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