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Sion Kim Harris, PhD
Dr. Harris is an epidemiologist and survey design specialist with extensive experience in survey/questionnaire design, implementation, and data analysis.
She is currently an Associate Investigator in the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research,
and is also the Director of the Survey Research Methods Core of the Clinical Research Program of Children’s Hospital Boston.
She has collaborated in the development and psychometric testing of numerous instruments including a comprehensive adolescent health status questionnaire
called the Child Health and Illness Profile (CHIP-AE) and a brief screen for adolescent alcohol and drug abuse used in primary care settings (the CRAFFT).
She is currently involved in a number of studies related to adolescent and young adult health,
including the Massachusetts College Alcohol Study project which evaluates the effectiveness of policy changes on MA state college student drug use,
an evaluation of the psychometric properties among adolescents of a brief multi-dimensional measure of religiousness/spirituality,
the development and psychometric evaluation of a new tool to assess environmental influences of adolescent physical activity,
and an evaluation of a science curriculum supplement teaching high school students about the effects of substance use on the brain.
Previous projects have included analyses of the Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey data,
the Massachusetts Behavioral Risk Factor Survey data, and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health data (with Lydia Shrier, MD MPH).
Dr. Harris received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1996, after which she worked for the
Mass. Department of Public Health as the Project Manager of Adolescent and School Health for the Office of Statistics and Evaluation in the Bureau of Family and Community Health.
She provided oversight and leadership in research and program evaluation projects related to teen births, teen pregnancy prevention,
school health and school-based health centers, and youth risk behaviors. She is the recipient of the 2006 Young Professional Award
given by the Maternal and Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association.