Research Overview

Dr. Wisk's research program focuses on improving access to care, health outcomes, and quality of life for youth with chronic medical conditions. She has conducted survey-based research on health care access, utilization, and costs for children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, and possess extensive methodological expertise in analyzing 'big data' (including claims data and large survey data) and applying advanced statistical techniques to address multilevel research questions. Dr. Wisk's current research extends her background in health services research, epidemiology, and biostatistics to study health behaviors, insurance and finances, and other developmental outcomes for youth growing up with a chronic illness, particularly during adolescence and young adulthood.

About the Researcher

Dr. Lauren Wisk is an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Research Associate in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. A health services researcher and methodologist, her overarching program of research focuses on understanding health and health services use among children, adolescents, and families, particularly those with chronic medical conditions. Her work integrates a biopsychosocial model, social determinants of health model, and life course framework to investigate independent and interactive effects of biological, psychological, and social factors on health across the life course.

Dr. Wisk received a BS from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and she completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Her research is supported by grants from the Academic Pediatric Association, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program.

MEDICAL SERVICES

Languages

  • English

Researcher Services

Researcher Areas

  • Large Database Research
  • Health Care Services
  • Family-Centered Outcomes
  • Behavioral Science
  • Adolescent risk behaviors
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Data analytics
  • Health Promotion & Risk Reduction
  • Health Services for Underserved Children
  • Insurance policy effects on Childrens' Health and Health Care
  • Population Medicine

Research Divisions

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Weitzman ER, Magane KM, Wisk LE. How Returning Aggregate Research Results Impacts Interest in Research Engagement and Planned Actions Relevant to Health Care Decision Making: Cohort Study. J Med Internet Res. 2018 Dec 21; 20(12):e10647. View abstract
  2. Wisk LE, Sharma N. Inequalities in Young Adult Health Insurance Coverage Post-federal Health Reform. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Jan; 34(1):65-74. View abstract
  3. Weitzman ER, Magane KM, Wisk LE, Allario J, Harstad E, Levy S. Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Interactive Medications Among Medically Vulnerable Youth. Pediatrics. 2018 Oct; 142(4). View abstract
  4. Wisk LE, Gray SH, Gooding HC. I Thought You Said This Was Confidential?-Challenges to Protecting Privacy for Teens and Young Adults. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Mar 01; 172(3):209-210. View abstract
  5. Weitzman ER, Wisk LE, Salimian PK, Magane KM, Dedeoglu F, Hersh AO, Kimura Y, Mandl KD, Ringold S, Natter M. Adding patient-reported outcomes to a multisite registry to quantify quality of life and experiences of disease and treatment for youth with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. J Patient Rep Outcomes. 2018; 2. View abstract
  6. Gooding HC, Brown CA, Wisk LE. Investing in our future: The importance of ambulatory visits to achieving blood pressure control in young adults. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2017 12; 19(12):1298-1300. View abstract
  7. Wisk LE, Weitzman ER. Expectancy and Achievement Gaps in Educational Attainment and Subsequent Adverse Health Effects Among Adolescents With and Without Chronic Medical Conditions. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Oct; 61(4):461-470. View abstract
  8. Harstad E, Wisk LE, Ziemnik R, Huang Q, Salimian P, Weitzman ER, Levy S. Substance Use Among Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Reasons for Use, Knowledge of Risks, and Provider Messaging/Education. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 Jul/Aug; 38(6):417-423. View abstract
  9. Wisk LE, Finkelstein JA, Toomey SL, Sawicki GS, Schuster MA, Galbraith AA. Impact of an Individual Mandate and Other Health Reforms on Dependent Coverage for Adolescents and Young Adults. Health Serv Res. 2018 06; 53(3):1581-1599. View abstract
  10. Adams JS, Wisk LE. Using the Chronic Care Model to Improve Pediatric Chronic Illness Care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2017 03; 43(3):99-100. View abstract
  11. Chunara R, Wisk LE, Weitzman ER. Denominator Issues for Personally Generated Data in Population Health Monitoring. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Apr; 52(4):549-553. View abstract
  12. Levy S, Dedeoglu F, Gaffin JM, Garvey KC, Harstad E, MacGinnitie A, Rufo PA, Huang Q, Ziemnik RE, Wisk LE, Weitzman ER. A Screening Tool for Assessing Alcohol Use Risk among Medically Vulnerable Youth. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0156240. View abstract
  13. Wisk LE, Weitzman ER. Substance Use Patterns Through Early Adulthood: Results for Youth With and Without Chronic Conditions. Am J Prev Med. 2016 07; 51(1):33-45. View abstract
  14. Witt WP, Mandell KC, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Chatterjee D, Wakeel F, Park H, Zarak D. Infant birthweight in the US: the role of preconception stressful life events and substance use. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 06; 19(3):529-42. View abstract
  15. Cheng ER, Park H, Wisk LE, Mandell KC, Wakeel F, Litzelman K, Chatterjee D, Witt WP. Examining the link between women's exposure to stressful life events prior to conception and infant and toddler health: the role of birth weight. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2016 Mar; 70(3):245-52. View abstract
  16. Wisk LE, Finkelstein JA, Sawicki GS, Lakoma M, Toomey SL, Schuster MA, Galbraith AA. Predictors of timing of transfer from pediatric- to adult-focused primary care. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Jun; 169(6):e150951. View abstract
  17. Malecki K, Wisk LE, Walsh M, McWilliams C, Eggers S, Olson M. Oral health equity and unmet dental care needs in a population-based sample: findings from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jul; 105 Suppl 3:S466-74. View abstract
  18. Witt WP, Park H, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Mandell K, Chatterjee D, Zarak D. Neighborhood disadvantage, preconception stressful life events, and infant birth weight. Am J Public Health. 2015 May; 105(5):1044-52. View abstract
  19. Witt WP, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Mandell K, Chatterjee D, Wakeel F, Godecker AL, Zarak D. Determinants of cesarean delivery in the US: a lifecourse approach. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Jan; 19(1):84-93. View abstract
  20. Witt WP, Mandell KC, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Chatterjee D, Wakeel F, Park H, Zarak D. Predictors of alcohol and tobacco use prior to and during pregnancy in the US: the role of maternal stressors. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2015 Jun; 18(3):523-37. View abstract
  21. Wisk LE, Gangnon R, Vanness DJ, Galbraith AA, Mullahy J, Witt WP. Development of a novel, objective measure of health care-related financial burden for U.S. families with children. Health Serv Res. 2014 Dec; 49(6):1852-74. View abstract
  22. Ejebe IH, Jacobs EA, Wisk LE. Persistent differences in asthma self-efficacy by race, ethnicity, and income in adults with asthma. J Asthma. 2015 Feb; 52(1):105-13. View abstract
  23. Wisk LE, Allchin A, Witt WP. Disparities in human papillomavirus vaccine awareness among U.S. parents of preadolescents and adolescents. Sex Transm Dis. 2014 Feb; 41(2):117-22. View abstract
  24. Wakeel F, Witt WP, Wisk LE, Lu MC, Chao SM. Racial and ethnic disparities in personal capital during pregnancy: findings from the 2007 Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) study. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Jan; 18(1):209-222. View abstract
  25. Witt WP, Cheng ER, Wisk LE, Litzelman K, Chatterjee D, Mandell K, Wakeel F. Preterm birth in the United States: the impact of stressful life events prior to conception and maternal age. Am J Public Health. 2014 Feb; 104 Suppl 1:S73-80. View abstract
  26. Witt WP, Cheng ER, Wisk LE, Litzelman K, Chatterjee D, Mandell K, Wakeel F. Maternal stressful life events prior to conception and the impact on infant birth weight in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2014 Feb; 104 Suppl 1:S81-9. View abstract
  27. Creswell PD, Wisk LE, Litzelman K, Allchin A, Witt WP. Parental depressive symptoms and childhood cancer: the importance of financial difficulties. Support Care Cancer. 2014 Feb; 22(2):503-11. View abstract
  28. Wakeel F, Wisk LE, Gee R, Chao SM, Witt WP. The balance between stress and personal capital during pregnancy and the relationship with adverse obstetric outcomes: findings from the 2007 Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) study. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2013 Dec; 16(6):435-51. View abstract
  29. Pollock EA, Litzelman K, Wisk LE, Witt WP. Correlates of physiological and psychological stress among parents of childhood cancer and brain tumor survivors. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Mar-Apr; 13(2):105-12. View abstract
  30. Wisk LE, Witt WP. Predictors of delayed or forgone needed health care for families with children. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec; 130(6):1027-37. View abstract
  31. Witt WP, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Hampton JM, Hagen EW. Preconception mental health predicts pregnancy complications and adverse birth outcomes: a national population-based study. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Oct; 16(7):1525-41. View abstract
  32. Keller A, Litzelman K, Wisk LE, Maddox T, Cheng ER, Creswell PD, Witt WP. Does the perception that stress affects health matter? The association with health and mortality. Health Psychol. 2012 Sep; 31(5):677-84. View abstract
  33. Witt WP, Litzelman K, Spear HA, Wisk LE, Levin N, McManus BM, Palta M. Health-related quality of life of mothers of very low birth weight children at the age of five: results from the Newborn Lung Project Statewide Cohort Study. Qual Life Res. 2012 Nov; 21(9):1565-76. View abstract
  34. Gruen TA, Le Duff MJ, Wisk LE, Amstutz HC. Prevalence and clinical relevance of radiographic signs of impingement in metal-on-metal hybrid hip resurfacing. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Aug 17; 93(16):1519-26. View abstract
  35. Witt WP, Litzelman K, Mandic CG, Wisk LE, Hampton JM, Creswell PD, Gottlieb CA, Gangnon RE. Healthcare-Related Financial Burden among Families in the U.S.: The Role of Childhood Activity Limitations and Income. J Fam Econ Issues. 2011 Jun 01; 32(2):308-326. View abstract
  36. Amstutz HC, Le Duff MJ, Campbell PA, Wisk LE, Takamura KM. Complications after metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty. Orthop Clin North Am. 2011 Apr; 42(2):207-30, viii. View abstract
  37. Witt WP, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, Hampton JM, Creswell PD, Hagen EW, Spear HA, Maddox T, Deleire T. Poor prepregnancy and antepartum mental health predicts postpartum mental health problems among US women: a nationally representative population-based study. Womens Health Issues. 2011 Jul-Aug; 21(4):304-13. View abstract
  38. Wisk LE, Amstutz HC. Metal-on-metal hip resurfacing in rheumatoid patients. A report on thirteen hips with minimum 3 year follow-up. Hip Int. 2011 Jan-Mar; 21(1):59-65. View abstract
  39. Le Duff MJ, Wang CT, Wisk LE, Takamura KB, Amstutz HC. Benefits of thin-shelled acetabular components for metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty. J Orthop Res. 2010 Dec; 28(12):1665-70. View abstract
  40. Amstutz HC, Le Duff MJ, Campbell PA, Gruen TA, Wisk LE. Clinical and radiographic results of metal-on-metal hip resurfacing with a minimum ten-year follow-up. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Nov 17; 92(16):2663-71. View abstract
  41. Witt WP, DeLeire T, Hagen EW, Wichmann MA, Wisk LE, Spear HA, Cheng ER, Maddox T, Hampton J. The prevalence and determinants of antepartum mental health problems among women in the USA: a nationally representative population-based study. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2010 Oct; 13(5):425-37. View abstract
  42. Witt WP, Litzelman K, Wisk LE, Spear HA, Catrine K, Levin N, Gottlieb CA. Stress-mediated quality of life outcomes in parents of childhood cancer and brain tumor survivors: a case-control study. Qual Life Res. 2010 Sep; 19(7):995-1005. View abstract
  43. Amstutz HC, Wisk LE, Le Duff MJ. Sex as a patient selection criterion for metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2011 Feb; 26(2):198-208. View abstract
  44. Le Duff MJ, Wisk LE, Amstutz HC. Range of motion after stemmed total hip arthroplasty and hip resurfacing - a clinical study. Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis. 2009; 67(2):177-81. View abstract
  45. Lin AP, Bennett E, Wisk LE, Gharib M, Fraser SE, Wen H. Circumferential strain in the wall of the common carotid artery: comparing displacement-encoded and cine MRI in volunteers. Magn Reson Med. 2008 Jul; 60(1):8-13. View abstract