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Sandra H. Jee, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
2007-2010 Cohort
Project Title:  "Primary Care-Based Mental Health Screening for Adolescents in Foster Care"

About the Project:

While it is known that many adolescents in foster family care have significant mental health disorders, few are identified in a timely manner.  Appropriate referral and treatment for mental health disorders hinge on timely and accurate screening.  As the first point of entry to care, the primary care setting may be the most efficient site to conduct such screening.  This project studied the accuracy, feasibility, acceptance and impact of mental health screening for adolescents (11-18 years) in foster family care. 


Sandra H. Jee, M.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Dr. Jee received her B.A. in English at Yale University and her M.D. with Distinction in Research at the University of Rochester.  She completed her first two years of pediatrics residency at New York University/Bellevue Hospital. She moved with her husband to complete her third year of pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan, where she did a fellowship in Pediatric Health Services Research and received her M.P.H. in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  She was selected to complete a one year post-doctoral position as a Kellogg Scholar in Health Disparities.

Dr. Jee’s primary areas of inquiry relate to health disparities for underserved children.  Her work has focused on continuity of care, psychosocial issues for children, and health needs for children in foster care.  As a fellow, Dr. Jee received grants from the American Academy of Pediatrics and from the Ambulatory Pediatric Association to pursue her research interest in foster care.  She has co-authored several chapters on health needs for children in foster care.

Dr. Jee’s current research interests include resilience for children in the child welfare system and mental health needs for children in foster care.  She has received funding from local foundations to do both primary data collection studies examining quality of care and adherence to clinical standards in foster care, and also from federal sources (Administration for Children and Families) to conduct secondary data analysis using nationally representative samples to study child welfare issues.  She maintains her clinical practice teaching residents and medical students in both the university-based pediatric practice and in the foster care clinic.  This clinical work serves as the foundation for her research ideas.

Her Physician Faculty Scholars Program project was entitled, "Primary Care-Based Mental Health Screening for Adolescents in Foster Care," and used both qualitative and quantitative methods in a prospective study of teens entering the foster care system receiving primary care in a centralized health care model.

Outside of work, Dr. Jee enjoys spending time with her family and three young children and playing tennis.

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