Charles Irwin, MD

Professor
Pediatrics
+1 415 502-4850

Charles E. Irwin, Jr., MD, is a distinguished professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at the University of California (UCSF) School of Medicine and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Irwin is a graduate of Hobart College, Dartmouth Medical School and UCSF. He heads two national policy centers focusing on adolescents and young adults: The National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center (NAHIC) and the Public Policy Analysis and Education Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health. Irwin has led the federally funded Leadership Training Program in Adolescent Health since 1977. Over 150 health professional graduate students and fellows have been trained in this program at UCSF since its inception.His current health services research program focuses on improving preventive screening practices in clinical settings and the financial and structural issues altering adolescents’ and young adults’ ability to access health care in the United States. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters and reports on adolescent health. Irwin is the recipient of the Adele Hofmann Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine from the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the Swedish Medical Society’s International Lectureship Award, the National Center for Youth Law’s Award for Research in High Risk Youth and the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Hillary Millar Award for his leadership of the National Adolescent Health Information Center. Irwin has served on several national and international initiatives on Adolescent Health including the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Adolescent Health Care Services and Models of Care for Treatment, Prevention, and Healthy Development and the Office of Technology Assessments’ landmark report on Adolescent Health. He currently is the Co-Chair of the AHRQ/CMS Expert Panel on Assessing Healthcare Quality Measures for CHIPRA. He served as president of The Society for Adolescent Medicine in 2004 and currently is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adolescent Health, the official journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

Other Support:
MCHB 5T71MC 00003 Irwin: PI 10/1/77 - 6/30/17 (3.6 calendar)
Leadership Training in Adolescent Health
The major goals of this project are to train individuals in 5 health care disciplines including Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Psychology, and Social Work to become health care leaders.

HRSA U45MC00002 Irwin: PI 02/16/00 – 06/3014 (2.28 calendar)
National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center
The overall goal of NAHIIC is to be the innovation center for the health, safety, development, and social and economic well-being of school aged children in the transition to adolescents, and young adults.

HRSA U45MC00023 Irwin: PI 09/01/09 – 08/31/14 (2.04 calendar)
Policy Analysis and Education Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health
The overall goal of the Policy Center is to analyze effects of emerging public policies on the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults through systematic reviews of existing national, state and regional data sets and conducting prospective studies on implementation of new policies.

Publications: 

Advancing a Research Agenda for Adolescent and Young Adult Health.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Inclusive Language-The Editors' Reply.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Berg TD, Irwin CE

Insuring Young Adults in the United States Through the Affordable Care Act.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Brindis CD, Irwin CE

The Authors Reply.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Stroud C, Walker LR, Davis M, Irwin CE

Adolescent and Young Adult Preventive Care: Comparing National Survey Rates.

American journal of preventive medicine

Adams SH, Park MJ, Irwin CE

Investing in the health and well-being of young adults.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Stroud C, Walker LR, Davis M, Irwin CE

Adolescent and young adult health in the United States in the past decade: little improvement and young adults remain worse off than adolescents.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Park MJ, Scott JT, Adams SH, Brindis CD, Irwin CE

Young adults' health care utilization and expenditures prior to the Affordable Care Act.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Lau JS, Adams SH, Boscardin WJ, Irwin CE

Adolescence as a critical stage in the MCH Life Course Model: commentary for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) interdisciplinary training program projects.

Maternal and child health journal

Shlafer R, Hergenroeder AC, Jean Emans S, Rickert VI, Adger H, Spear B, Irwin CE, Kreipe RE, Walker LR, Resnick MD

Young adults remain worse off than adolescents.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Neinstein LS, Irwin CE

A research agenda for adolescent-centered primary care in the United States.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Fox HB, McManus MA, Irwin CE, Kelleher KJ, Peake K

Our global mission.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE, Berg TD

Prospective findings from the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Hallal PC, Irwin CE

Prospective findings from the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Hallal PC, Irwin CE

Receipt of preventive health services in young adults.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Lau JS, Adams SH, Irwin CE, Ozer EM

Worldwide application of prevention science in adolescent health.

Lancet (London, England)

Catalano RF, Fagan AA, Gavin LE, Greenberg MT, Irwin CE, Ross DA, Shek DT

Factors promoting or potentially impeding school success: disparities and state variations for children with special health care needs.

Maternal and child health journal

Bethell C, Forrest CB, Stumbo S, Gombojav N, Carle A, Irwin CE

Young adult preventive health care guidelines: there but can't be found.

Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine

Ozer EM, Urquhart JT, Brindis CD, Park MJ, Irwin CE

Improving our understanding of the prevention of human papillomavirus.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE, Berg TD

The association of BMI status with adolescent preventive screening.

Pediatrics

Jasik CB, Adams SH, Irwin CE, Ozer E

Does delivering preventive services in primary care reduce adolescent risky behavior?

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Ozer EM, Adams SH, Orrell-Valente JK, Wibbelsman CJ, Lustig JL, Millstein SG, Garber AK, Irwin CE

The International Journal of Adolescent Health.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Michaud PA, Berg TD, Irwin CE

Young adults are worse off than adolescents.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Improving adolescent and young adult health - training the next generation of physician scientists in transdisciplinary research.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Emans SJ, Austin SB, Goodman E, Orr DP, Freeman R, Stoff D, Litt IF, Schuster MA, Haggerty R, Granger R, Irwin CE

Who gets confidential care? Disparities in a national sample of adolescents.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Edman JC, Adams SH, Park MJ, Irwin CE

Trends in adolescent and young adult health in the United States.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Mulye TP, Park MJ, Nelson CD, Adams SH, Irwin CE, Brindis CD

Blind no more.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Berg TD, Irwin CE

The health and well being of adolescents in the United States, 2009.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Berg TD, Catalano RF, Chase-Lansdale PL, Irwin CE, Michaud PA, Orr DP, Sonenstein FL

Preventive care for adolescents: few get visits and fewer get services.

Pediatrics

Irwin CE, Adams SH, Park MJ, Newacheck PW

Can we fully implement what we know about safe driving during adolescence?

American journal of preventive medicine

Irwin CE

Youth with special health care needs: facilitating a healthy transition to young adulthood.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Park MJ, Irwin CE

Use of mental health counseling as adolescents become young adults.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Yu JW, Adams SH, Burns J, Brindis CD, Irwin CE

Increasing clinician self-efficacy for screening and counseling adolescents for risky health behaviors: results of an intervention.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Buckelew SM, Adams SH, Irwin CE, Gee S, Ozer EM

A midcourse review of the healthy people 2010: 21 critical health objectives for adolescents and young adults.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Park MJ, Brindis CD, Chang F, Irwin CE

What gets measured gets done: assessing data availability for adolescent populations.

Maternal and child health journal

Knopf DK, Jane Park M, Brindis CD, Mulye TP, Irwin CE

The health status of young adults in the United States.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Park MJ, Paul Mulye T, Adams SH, Brindis CD, Irwin CE

Racial/ethnic differences in mother-daughter communication about sex.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Meneses LM, Orrell-Valente JK, Guendelman SR, Oman D, Irwin CE

To test or not to test: screening for substance use in adolescents.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Beyond abstinence: what we need to do to decrease the risks of sexual behavior during adolescence.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Pubertal timing: is there any new news?

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Clinical preventive services for adolescents: still a long way to go.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Driving in America: a convergence of public policy and science.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Coercive sexual experiences during adolescence and young adulthood: a public health problem.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE, Rickert VI

Increasing the screening and counseling of adolescents for risky health behaviors: a primary care intervention.

Pediatrics

Ozer EM, Adams SH, Lustig JL, Gee S, Garber AK, Gardner LR, Rehbein M, Addison L, Irwin CE

Youth violence: opportunities for intervention.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Emergency contraception for adolescents: the time to act is now.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Tobacco use during adolescence and young adulthood: The battle is not over.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Provider self-efficacy and the screening of adolescents for risky health behaviors.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Ozer EM, Adams SH, Gardner LR, Mailloux DE, Wibbelsman CJ, Irwin CE

Fast tracking for critical issues in adolescent health and medicine.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Eating and physical activity during adolescence: does it make a difference in adult health status?

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Adolescent sexuality and reproductive health: where are we in 2004?

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

An evaluation of the use of the transdermal contraceptive patch in adolescents.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Rubinstein ML, Halpern-Felsher BL, Irwin CE

Trends in private and public health insurance for adolescents.

JAMA

Newacheck PW, Park MJ, Brindis CD, Biehl M, Irwin CE

Socioeconomic patterning of smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and overweight status among adolescents in Norway and the United States.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Friestad C, Pirkis J, Biehl M, Irwin CE

Adolescent substance use: beware of international comparisons.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Pirkis JE, Irwin CE, Brindis C, Patton GC, Sawyer MG

Disparities in adolescent health and health care: does socioeconomic status matter?

Health services research

Newacheck PW, Hung YY, Park MJ, Brindis CD, Irwin CE

Adolescent health at the crossroads: where do we go from here?

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Receipt of psychological or emotional counseling by suicidal adolescents.

Pediatrics

Pirkis JE, Irwin CE, Brindis CD, Sawyer MG, Friestad C, Biehl M, Patton GC

Work group II: healthy adolescent psychosocial development.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Halpern-Felsher BL, Millstein SG, Irwin CE

Health Futures of Youth II: pathways to adolescent health, executive summary and overview.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE, Duncan PM

America's adolescents: where have we been, where are we going?

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE, Burg SJ, Uhler Cart C

Can it be done? Implementing adolescent clinical preventive services.

Health services research

Ozer EM, Adams SH, Lustig JL, Millstein SG, Camfield K, El-Diwany S, Volpe S, Irwin CE

Improving the delivery of adolescent clinical preventive services through skills-based training.

Pediatrics

Lustig JL, Ozer EM, Adams SH, Wibbelsman CJ, Fuster CD, Bonar RW, Irwin CE

How far have state Medicaid agencies advanced in performance measurement for children?

Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine

McManus MA, Graham RR, Fox HB, Mercil CM, Irwin CE

Implementation of an electronic medical record system in a pediatric psychopharmacology program.

International journal of medical informatics

Gonzalez-Heydrich J, DeMaso DR, Irwin C, Steingard RJ, Kohane IS, Beardslee WR

Preventive services in a health maintenance organization: how well do pediatricians screen and educate adolescent patients?

Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine

Halpern-Felsher BL, Ozer EM, Millstein SG, Wibbelsman CJ, Fuster CD, Elster AB, Irwin CE

Adolescent health insurance coverage: recent changes and access to care.

Pediatrics

Newacheck PW, Brindis CD, Cart CU, Marchi K, Irwin CE

The certification process in adolescent medicine.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Butzin DW, Guerin RO, Langdon LO, Irwin CE

Primary care physicians' screening of adolescent patients: a survey of California physicians.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Ellen JM, Franzgrote M, Irwin CE, Millstein SG

Determinants of adolescents' satisfaction with health care providers and intentions to keep follow-up appointments.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Freed LH, Ellen JM, Irwin CE, Millstein SG

Adolescents' knowledge of their health insurance coverage.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Ryan SA, Millstein SG, Kang M, Ensminger ME, Starfield B, Irwin CE

The state of adolescent health: looking back and planning ahead.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Neumark-Sztainer D, Blum RW, Brindis CD, Anglin TM, Irwin CE

Screening for adolescent smoking among primary care physicians in California.

American journal of public health

Franzgrote M, Ellen JM, Millstein SG, Irwin CE

Risk-taking behavior in adolescents: the paradigm.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Irwin CE, Igra V, Eyre S, Millstein S

Primary care management of adolescent sexual behavior.

Current opinion in pediatrics

Ellen JM, Irwin CE

Anticipatory guidance regarding sex: views of virginal female adolescents.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Ford CA, Millstein SG, Eyre SL, Irwin CE

Puberty questions asked by early adolescents: what do they want to know?

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Ryan SA, Millstein SG, Irwin CE

Utilization of ambulatory health services by urban adolescents.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Ryan SA, Millstein SG, Greene B, Irwin CE

Life events, cardiovascular reactivity, and risk behavior in adolescent boys.

Pediatrics

Liang SW, Jemerin JM, Tschann JM, Irwin CE, Wara DW, Boyce WT

Initiation of substance use in early adolescence: the roles of pubertal timing and emotional distress.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Tschann JM, Adler NE, Irwin CE, Millstein SG, Turner RA, Kegeles SM

Sexually transmitted diseases in adolescents.

Pediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics

Gittes EB, Irwin CE

Risks of human immunodeficiency virus infection among adolescents attending three diverse clinics.

The Journal of pediatrics

Moscicki AB, Millstein SG, Broering J, Irwin CE

Autonomy, relatedness, and the initiation of health risk behaviors in early adolescence.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Turner RA, Irwin CE, Tschann JM, Millstein SG

Health consequences of behaviors: injury as a model.

Pediatrics

Irwin CE, Cataldo MF, Matheny AP, Peterson L

Do adolescents understand what physicians say about sexuality and health?

Clinical pediatrics

Ammerman SD, Perelli E, Adler N, Irwin CE

Adolescent medicine.

JAMA

Irwin CE, Shafer MA

Prevalence of disordered eating in girls: a survey of middle-class children.

Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Mellin LM, Irwin CE, Scully S

Early adolescent knowledge and attitudes about circumcision: methods and implications for research.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Schlossberger NM, Turner RA, Irwin CE

Health-risk behaviors and health concerns among young adolescents.

Pediatrics

Millstein SG, Irwin CE, Adler NE, Cohn LD, Kegeles SM, Dolcini MM

Validity of self-report of pubertal maturation in early adolescents.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Schlossberger NM, Turner RA, Irwin CE

The utility of multiple strategies for understanding complex behaviors.

American journal of public health

Adler NE, Kegeles SM, Irwin CE

Adolescent contraceptive behavior: an assessment of decision processes.

The Journal of pediatrics

Adler NE, Kegeles SM, Irwin CE, Wibbelsman C

Adolescents and condoms. Associations of beliefs with intentions to use.

American journal of diseases of children (1960)

Kegeles SM, Adler NE, Irwin CE

Problem behavior of adolescents.

Pediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics

Irwin CE, Ryan SA

Psychosocial context of adolescent development. Study group report.

Journal of adolescent health care : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE, Vaughan E

Sexually active adolescents and condoms: changes over one year in knowledge, attitudes and use.

American journal of public health

Kegeles SM, Adler NE, Irwin CE

A comparison of two measures of egocentrism.

Journal of personality assessment

Cohn LD, Millstein SG, Irwin CE, Adler NE, Kegeles SM, Dolcini P, Stone G

Body-figure preferences in male and female adolescents.

Journal of abnormal psychology

Cohn LD, Adler NE, Irwin CE, Millstein SG, Kegeles SM, Stone G

The use and limitations of endocervical Gram stains and mucopurulent cervicitis as predictors for Chlamydia trachomatis in female adolescents.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Moscicki B, Shafer MA, Millstein SG, Irwin CE, Schachter J

Adolescent obesity intervention: validation of the SHAPEDOWN program.

Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Mellin LM, Slinkard LA, Irwin CE

Microflora of the urethra in adolescent boys: relationships to sexual activity and nongonococcal urethritis.

The Journal of pediatrics

Chambers CV, Shafer MA, Adger H, Ohm-Smith M, Millstein SG, Irwin CE, Schachter J, Sweet R

Concepts of health and illness: different constructs or variations on a theme?

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Millstein SG, Irwin CE

Biopsychosocial correlates of risk-taking behaviors during adolescence. Can the physician intervene?

Journal of adolescent health care : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE, Millstein SG

Why adolescent medicine?

Journal of adolescent health care : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Irwin CE

Abnormal vaginal bleeding in adolescents.

Pediatric annals

Anderson MM, Irwin CE, Snyder DL

Parental reactions to the onset of adolescence.

Journal of adolescent health care : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Cohen M, Adler N, Beck A, Irwin CE

The adolescent ballet dancer. Nutritional practices and characteristics associated with anorexia nervosa.

Journal of adolescent health care : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Braisted JR, Mellin L, Gong EJ, Irwin CE

Sources of anxiety about pelvic examinations among adolescent females.

Journal of adolescent health care : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Millstein SG, Adler NE, Irwin CE

Chlamydia trachomatis: important relationships to race, contraception, lower genital tract infection, and Papanicolaou smear.

The Journal of pediatrics

Shafer MA, Beck A, Blain B, Dole P, Irwin CE, Sweet R, Schachter J

Acceptability of computer-acquired sexual histories in adolescent girls.

The Journal of pediatrics

Millstein SG, Irwin CE

Conceptions of illness in young adolescents.

Pediatrics

Millstein SG, Adler NE, Irwin CE

Appointment-keeping behavior in adolescents.

The Journal of pediatrics

Irwin CE, Millstein SG, Shafer MA

The establishment of a child abuse unit in a children's hospital.

South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde

Irwin C