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Kathryn Taaffe McLearn

Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, North Carolina Center for Children's Health Care Improvement

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Kathryn Taaffe McLearn


Kathryn Taaffe McLearn’s research focuses on the influence of parental health and child health care services on parenting practices and child outcomes. A primary interest is the notion of a two generation perspective for child health care that includes both child and parental physical and emotional/behavioral health factors and services. Recent articles focus on the effects of maternal depressive symptoms on early parenting practices. Currently McLearn is involved in the evaluation of the pediatric primary care initiative to determine the impact of Healthy Steps on families of varying incomes and mothers with depressive symptoms.