Denise Dougherty, PhD is actively retired. She is pleased to be a Senior Scholar in Residence at AcademyHealth, and a Board Member (Secretary/Treasurer) Adolescents and Children Together (ACT) for Health, a 501(c)(3). Her major focus is on child and adolescent mental health and emotional, social, and psychological wellbeing (flourishing); she was the lead author of two recent AcademyHealth/ACT for Health reports, Advancing Teen Flourishing: Moving Policy Upstream, and Teen Mental Health Crises: A National Policy Playbook. Previously, Denise was Senior Advisor for Child Health and Quality Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ; 1996-2015), where she did research, led partnerships with other public and private entities, and led the Pediatric Quality Measures Program. She represented AHRQ in the fields of healthcare quality improvement and implementation science. From 1983 to 1995, Denise worked for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, at increasing levels of responsibility and a broad range of topics. Prior to Federal Service, Denise was a Municipal Bond Analyst at a Wall Street firm. She enjoys reading, writing, painting, and spending time with family.
As Mental Health Month draws to a close, child health researchers consider key components related to diversity, equity and inclusion that can ensure Black children and adolescents get what they need to help them flourish psychologically, socially, and emotionally.
Members of AcademyHealth’s Child Health Services Research Interest Group Advisory Committee reflect on five key areas of advancement of Child HSR during 2020, and consider the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on children.
A new report, supported by Well Being Trust and produced by AcademyHealth and ACT for Health, identifies expert recommendations to improve teen mental health.
AcademyHealth, in partnership with ACT for Health and with support from Well Being Trust, developed this report outlining prioritized policy recommendations from experts in the field for enhancing the psychological, social, and emotional wellbeing of America’s teens.