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Department of Pediatrics



Regardless of what your career goals are, we have a multitude of opportunities to support your interests.


Master’s Degree Options

  • Master’s of Science in Clinical Research
  • Master’s of Education
  • Master’s in Public Health



There are a variety of teaching opportunities within the TCH system and in the surrounding community. Fellows have the opportunity to build a robust portfolio of teaching and educational experience. Our fellows have engaged in workshops, conferences, and lectures at regional, state, national and international platforms.

There are many opportunities to engage in medical education, pre-medical students, medical students, and residents to build a portfolio of medical education experience, including curriculum development.

Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Research, Innovation and Scholarship (CRIS) is one of the first medical education center in the nation in a freestanding children’s hospital. CRIS fosters diverse opportunities for residents, fellows and medical faculty members to conduct scholarly research about teaching, experiment with innovative approaches and implement best practices.




Mentorship for clinical research projects is readily available in the section with faculty who have primary interests in clinical research. Ongoing projects in the section include early recognition of physical abuse and neglect, innovative imaging protocols for suspected abuse, and ongoing collaborations with other pediatric subspecialties as well as the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. There is support for project design, grant writing, IRB submission, and statistical analysis within our section.

For prevention and community intervention research, we have the Center for Adversity, Resilience and Education (CARE). CARE currently has funded research collaborations on maternal mental health/post-partum depression, community-based parent support programs, abusive head trauma prevention trial, food insecurity, parental opioid usage, early brain and language development, and foster care.




The Center for Adversity, Resilience and Education (CARE) has ongoing relationships and collaborations with community organizations and policy-driving projects.

Collaboration is also available with Texas Children’s Center for Child Health Policy and Advocacy.


Contact: CARE


Kimberly Kay Lopez, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Public Health, Section of Public Health Pediatrics
Director, Center for the Study of Adversity, Resilience, and Education
(832) 824-1694