Barbara H. Chaiyachati, MD, PhD

Barbara H. Chaiyachati, MD, PhD is a core faculty member of the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) and PolicyLab  at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a child abuse pediatrician and Co-Director of the Resilience After Infant Substance Exposure (RISE) program at CHOP, a CHOP Pediatrics Chair’s Initiative (2021-2023). Her research aims to better our understanding of the impacts of early childhood adversities on health status, and spans the translational spectrum from genetics and epigenetics to population level assessments.

Dr. Chaiyachati received her MD and PhD training at Yale School of Medicine. Her PhD is in Cellular Biology, combining training from immunology and genetics to complete a thesis on basic mechanisms of epigenetics in the immune system. She also completed a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being with a focus on the prevention of child maltreatment. 

Dr. Chaiyachati joined CHOP for General Pediatrics residency and Child Abuse fellowship training. She is the recipient of a K08 Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health to assess the biologic embedding of experiences of adversity and associated long-term health outcomes. Her ultimate goal is to identify actionable targets of intervention to improve well-being and reduce or prevent negative consequences of adversity including maltreatment.

To view Dr. Chaiyachati’s peer-reviewed publications, click here.

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