Dr. Alice Kuo is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is also the Chief of the Medicine-Pediatrics Section and Director of the Medicine-Pediatrics Comprehensive Care Center. Her research interests are mainly in early childhood, and she has published in the areas of developmental screening and services, early literacy practices, cognitive and language development in young minority children, hearing screening in early childhood, services for children with autism, and mental health services for children.
In addition to her research, Dr. Kuo is heavily involved in educational programs at many levels, from high school to post-graduate fellows. As the co-director of the Training Core for the NHLBI-funded Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, she works with disadvantaged high school students in East Los Angeles, focusing on reduction of cardiovascular risk factors, community capacity-building and career mentoring. She is the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)-funded Pathways for Students into Health Professions for disadvantaged undergraduate students interested in public health and health professional careers. She also teaches the Foundations of Maternal and Child Health course at the UCLA School of Public Health each year. In October 2012, Dr. Kuo joined the NICHD-funded Center for Autism Research and Treatment as its Director of Research Training and Education. At the David Geffen School of Medicine, she is Director of the Systems of Care Pathway, a longitudinal program for medical students to learn about the intersection of health care systems and clinical practice. At the post-graduate level, Dr. Kuo is the Program Director of the UCLA Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program.
At the national level, Dr. Kuo is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Community Pediatrics in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She was the co-chair of the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative Program Advisory Committee at the AAP from 2005-20008. She was the co-chair of the Advocacy Training Special Interest Group in the Academic Pediatrics Association (APA) from 2004-2007, and Region Co-Chair of the APA from 2007-2010.
Clinically, Dr. Kuo sees primary care patients at the Medicine-Pediatrics Comprehensive Care Center in Santa Monica, the first ambulatory practice at UCLA with extended hours in the evenings and on weekends and holidays. She also precepts residents and students at the Simms-Mann Health Center in Santa Monica. She also directs the School Function Program at the Venice Family Clinic, a primary care-based model for addressing learning issues and mental health problems in children.
Dr. Kuo received a B.A. in biology from Harvard University, her M.D. from UCLA, and her Ph.D. in educational psychology with a focus on early childhood and special education from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.
Coller Ryan J, Kuo Alice A Youth development through mentorship: a Los Angeles school-based mentorship program among Latino children Journal of community health, 2014; 39(2): 316-21.
Kuo Alice A, Tritasavit Sophie, Graham John M Congenital muscular torticollis and positional plagiocephaly Pediatrics in review, 2014; 35(2): 79-87; quiz 87.
Guerrero Alma D, Fuller Bruce, Chu Lynna, Kim Anthony, Franke Todd, Bridges Margaret, Kuo Alice Early growth of Mexican-American children: lagging in preliteracy skills but not social development Maternal and child health journal, 2013; 17(9): 1701-11.
Guerrero Alma D, Inkelas Moira, Whaley Shannon E, Kuo Alice A A WIC-based curriculum to enhance parent communication with healthcare providers Journal of community health, 2013; 38(5): 958-64.
Halfon Neal, Kuo Alice A What DSM-5 could mean to children with autism and their families JAMA pediatrics, 2013; 167(7): 608-13.
Bhatia Parul, Mintz Sandra, Hecht Barbara F, Deavenport Alexis, Kuo Alice A Early identification of young children with hearing loss in federally qualified health centers Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP, 2013; 34(1): 15-21.
Kuo Alice A, Etzel Ruth A, Chilton Lance A, Watson Camille, Gorski Peter A Primary care pediatrics and public health: meeting the needs of today's children American journal of public health, 2012; 102(12): e17-23.
Halfon Neal, Verhoef Philip A, Kuo Alice A Childhood antecedents to adult cardiovascular disease Pediatrics in review, 2012; 33(2): 51-60; quiz 61.
Kuo Alice A, Inkelas Moira, Slusser Wendelin M, Maidenberg Molly, Halfon Neal Introduction of solid food to young infants Maternal and child health journal, 2011; 15(8): 1185-94.
Kuo Alice A, Shetgiri Rashmi, Guerrero Alma D, Barreto Patricia M, Perez Victor H, Fond Karen, Slusser Wendelin A public health approach to pediatric residency education: responding to social determinants of health Journal of graduate medical education, 2011; 3(2): 217-23.
Feldman Jonathan M, Ortega Alexander N, Koinis-Mitchell Daphne, Kuo Alice A, Canino Glorisa Child and family psychiatric and psychological factors associated with child physical health problems: results from the Boricua youth study The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 2010; 198(4): 272-9.
Ortega Alexander N, Horwitz Sarah M, Fang Hai, Kuo Alice A, Wallace Steven P, Inkelas Moira Documentation status and parental concerns about development in young US children of Mexican origin Academic pediatrics, 2009; 9(4): 278-82.
Kuo Alice A, Inkelas Moira, Maidenberg Molly, Lotstein Debra S, Samson Kyra M, Halfon Neal Pediatricians' roles in the provision of developmental services: an international study Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP, 2009; 30(4): 331-9.
Perez Victor H, Fang Hai, Inkelas Moira, Kuo Alice A, Ortega Alexander N Access to and utilization of health care by subgroups of Latino children Medical care, 2009; 47(6): 695-9.
Inkelas Moira, Raghavan Ramesh, Larson Kandyce, Kuo Alice A, Ortega Alexander N Unmet mental health need and access to services for children with special health care needs and their families Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, 2008; 7(6): 431-8.
Inkelas Moira, Smith Kathryn A, Kuo Alice A, Rudolph Linda, Igdaloff Susan Health care access for children with special health care needs in California Maternal and child health journal, 2005; 9(2 Suppl): S109-16.
Kuo Alice A, Franke Todd M, Regalado Michael, Halfon Neal Parent report of reading to young children Pediatrics, 2004; 113(6 Suppl): 1944-51.
Kuo, AA Slavin, SJ Community-based education: is the effort worth it? Medical education. , 2001; 35(4): 315-6.
Kuo, AA Resident overnight call--an idea past its time? The Western journal of medicine. , 2001; 174(3): 180-1.
Kuo, AA Slavin, SJ Clerkship curricular revision based on the Ambulatory Pediatric Association and the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics guidelines: does it make a difference? Pediatrics. , 1999; 103(4 Pt 2): 898-901.
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