Marjorie Sue Rosenthal MD, MPH

Associate Research Scientist in Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)

Research Interests

Barriers and facilitators to health education and healthy behaviors among young, vulnerable families: health literacy; maternal mental health; quality improvement among physicians; child care providers as health advocates

Current Projects

Group well child care: We are studying it's economic costs, the experiences of health care providers and parents. We are studying outcomes of parents and children at 12 months.

Violence Prevention Project: In partnership with the New Haven Family Alliance, we are evaluating a Street Outreach Worker Program and using a photovoice project to allow the youth involved in the program to describe their experiences with violence.

Child Care: We are analyzing public health records of unannounced licensing visits to child care providers in Connecticut; we are analyzing family child care providers' experiences and perceptions of their role in obesity prevention.

Research Summary

Dr. Rosenthal conducts research on decreasing inequities in health education and health behavior for young, vulnerable families. Specifically, she studies barriers, such as parental literacy and maternal mental health, as well as facilitating factors, such as quality improvement in physicians' offices, group well-child care, and child care providers as health educators. She also conducts research on teaching community-based participatory research.

Extensive Research Description

Marjorie Rosenthal is an associate research scientist of the division of general pediatrics and the assistant director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program for the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Rosenthal is also the director at the premature infant follow-up clinic and attending pediatrician at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Her research focuses on barriers, such as literacy and mental health that cause inequities in health education and behavior for young, vulnerable families. She also studies the economic costs and experiences of health care providers and parents in group well child care.

Marjorie Rosenthal received her M.D. at Yale University School of Medicine and her M.P.H. at University of North Carolina School of Public Health. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at both institutions. She is a member of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association and a fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Selected Publications

  • Rosenthal MS, Ross JR, Bradley E, Economic evaluation of a comprehensive teenage pregnancy prevention program: pilot program Am J Prev Med, 2009, 37 (6) S280-S287.
  • Rosenthal MS, Crowley AA, Curry, L, Promoting child development and behavioral health: family child care providers’ perspective J Ped Health Care, 2009, 23 (5) 289-297.
  • Rosenthal MS, et al, Teaching Community-based Participatory Research Principles to Physicians Enrolled in a Health Services Research Fellowship Academic Medicine, 2009; 84: 478–484
  • Rosenthal MS, Crowley AA, Curry, L, Family Child Care Providers’ Experience in Health Promotion, Family And Community Health, 2008; 31 (4) 326-334.
  • Zolotor AJ, Burchinal M, Skinner D, Rosenthal MS, Maternal psychological adjustment and Knowledge of infant Development as Predictors of Home Safety Practices in Rural Low-Income Communities Pediatrics 2008; 121 (6) e1668-e1675.
  • Rosenthal MS, Socolar RR, DeWalt DA, Pignone M, Garrett J, Margolis PA. Parents with Low Literacy Report Higher Quality of Parent-Provider Relationships in a Residency Clinic, Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2007; 7: 51-55.
  • Rosenthal MS. Cultural Competency. JAMA. 2006; 296:23-24.
  • Rosenthal MS, Lannon CM, Stuart JM, Brown L, Miller WC, Margolis, PA. A Randomized Trial of Practice Based Education to Improve Delivery Systems for Anticipatory Guidance. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2005 May; 159(5):456-463.

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