University of California, Riverside

Center for Healthy Communities

Ashaunta Anderson

Ashaunta Anderson

Adjunct Professor
M.D., Harvard Medical School, 2007; MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2011; M.S., Health Services, UCLA, 2012

Ashaunta Anderson

Ashaunta Anderson is a pediatrician and member of the clinical faculty at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine whose research explores the origins of health disparities in the social environments of early childhood. Her work is particularly focused on the impact of early school readiness on later academic achievement and related health outcomes. She is interested in the ways parents, health care providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders interact to support school readiness in all children.

To this end, she has conducted a number of qualitative assessments of early childhood educators, pediatricians, and minority parents with the goal of developing a culturally appropriate community-partnered intervention to promote early school readiness.

Anderson’s focus on upstream medicine extends from prenatal-through-infancy school readiness interventions to the pre-conception period of adolescence. She is currently evaluating the effect of the school environment on adolescent health risk behaviors. She has also examined the methods pediatricians use to ensure consistent chlamydia screening in sexually active adolescents. With this insight, classroom and clinical policies may codify health-promoting properties critical to downstream school readiness.

Selected Publications

  • Anderson, AT, Jackson A, Jones L, Kennedy D, Wells, K, Chung, P. Minority Parents’ Perspectives on Racial Socialization and School Readiness in the Early Childhood Period. Academic Pediatrics. 2014.
  • Ashaunta Tumblin, Danielle Rios, Kendra Conkright, Ryan Himes, Seema Mehta, Lynette Whitfield, Lana Hattar, Mark Gilger, Kathleen Motil. Gastroenterology. In: Lowry AW, Nag PK, Bhakta KY, eds. Texas Children's Hospital Handbook of Pediatrics and Neonatology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional Inc; 2011.
  • Tumblin AR, Tailor A, Hoehn GT, Mack AK, Mendelsohn L, Xu X, Remaley AT, Munson PJ, Suffredini AF, Kato GJ. Apolipoprotein A-I and serum amyloid A plasma levels are biomarkers of acute painful episodes in patients with sickle cell disease. Haematologica. 2010:95(9):1467-72.
  • Yuditskaya S, Tumblin A, Hoehn GT, Wang G, Drake SK, Xu X, Ying S, Chi AH, Remaley AT, Shen RF, Munson PJ, Suffredini AF, Kato GJ. Proteomic identification of altered apolipoprotein patterns in pulmonary hypertension and vasculopathy of sickle cell disease. Blood. 2009;113(5):1122-8.
  • Aliyu, ZY, Tumblin AR, Kato GJ. Current therapy of sickle cell disease. Haematologica. 2006;91(1):7-10.

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