Allison A. King, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Departments of Occupational Therapy and Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Dr. King is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist with a particular interest in educational and cognitive outcomes of children with central nervous system injury. She is investigating factors that are associated with educational attainment, specifically issues in socioeconomic status, parenting, depression, and chronic disease.
Dr. King and her team were also recently funded by HRSA to conduct an educational intervention in partnership with Comprehensive Health Center, a federally funded public health clinic. They will provide sickle cell trait education for adults of reproductive age, offer trait screening, and genetic counseling when applicable. Over the next several years, Dr. King will also serve as a co-investigator on the National Children’s Study, a prospective cohort of children from pre-conception to young adulthood. This epidemiologic study will address a multitude of exposures on childhood outcomes. Taken together, all of her work is related to the outcomes of child health.
With regard to teaching, she have lectured in a Clinical Epidemiology course to present clinical trials at St. Louis University. She also mentors occupational therapy students in their 1-2 years of clinical research. They review epidemiology, public health interventions, and basic statistics.
What opportunities do you see for interdisciplinary collaboration on public health initiatives in the future?
"There could be a larger number of collaborations with methodologists with disease specialists. Often, we lack a theory behind an intervention. Health communication experts could also collaborate for the dissemination of interventions as well as results. Hopefully this institute could help us to identify people within our own university who have similar interests. For example, if anyone has completed depression interventions, I would like to know to see if we could collaborate in the next step of our work."