Charles Irwin, MD

Professor
Pediatrics
+1 415 476-2184

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 the National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center (NAHIC) and the Public Policy Analysis and Education Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health, where the AYAH NRC is located. He co-leads the AYAH-NRC. 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, the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Hillary Millar Award for his leadership of the National Adolescent Health Information Center and the MCHB Lifetime Achievement Award. 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, the IOM/NRC Committee on Improving the Health, Safety and Well-Being of Young Adults and the Office of Technology Assessments’ landmark report on Adolescent Health. He also served as the Co-Chair of the AHRQ/CMS Expert Panel on Assessing Healthcare Quality Measures for CHIPRA. He was the president of The Society for Adolescent Medicine in 2004 and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adolescent Health, the official journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine from 2004-2020. Currently he is the Supplements Editor of Journal.

Other Support:

MCHB 5T71MC00003 Irwin: PI 10/1/77 - 6/30/22 (2.4 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 U45MC27709 Irwin: PI 09/01/2018 – 08/31/2023 (3.84 calendar)
State Adolescent and Young Adult Health Capacity Building Program (AYA-NRC)
The overall goal of this project is to increase adolescents’ and young adults’ receipt of preventive services by strengthening the abilities of State Title V MCH Programs, and public health and clinical health professionals to serve adolescent and young adults, through efforts to improve health care access, quality, integration, equity and accountability.

HRSA UA6MC27378 Irwin: Co- PI 9/1/17–8/31/22 (0.6 calendar)
MCH Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network (AYAH-RN)
The major goals of this project are to develop and maintain a national agenda to translate developmental science into adolescent and young adult practice; promote multi-site, transdisciplinary scientific collaboration; and develop additional research capacity in the Adolescent and Young Adult field.

AHRQ U18HS025297 Irwin: Co-Investigator 9/1/16–9/29/2020 (0.24 calendar)
IMPLEmenting MEeasures NeTwork for Child Health (IMPLEMENT for Child Health)
To Evaluate the feasibility and usability of the new Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) measures for asthma and sickle cell disease.

Publications: 

The Health and Well-Being of Adolescents in China: The Past, Present, and Future.

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

Irwin CE

Using Technology to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents and Young Adults.

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

Irwin CE

Medical Vulnerability of Young Adults to Severe COVID-19 Illness-Data From the National Health Interview Survey.

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

Adams SH, Park MJ, Schaub JP, Brindis CD, Irwin CE

Monitoring Adolescents' Receipt of Time Alone From Two National Surveys.

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

Adams SH, Po J, Jane Park M, Irwin CE

Early COVID-19 Impact on Adolescent Health and Medicine Programs in the United States: LEAH Program Leadership Reflections.

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

Emans SJ, Ford CA, Irwin CE, Richardson LP, Sherer S, Sieving RE, Simpson T

Centering Gender in Our Clinical, Public Health, and Research Programs.

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

Irwin CE

Improving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Reflections on the Past 25 Years.

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

Irwin CE

Beyond Our Boundaries: The Journal of Adolescent Health, 2019.

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

Irwin CE

Improving the Health and Well-Being of Adolescents in Hong Kong.

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

Irwin CE

The Journal of Adolescent Health: Four Decades of Evolution Through Growth and Innovation.

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

Berg TD, Irwin CE

Young Adult Preventive Healthcare: Changes in Receipt of Care Pre- to Post-Affordable Care Act.

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

Adams SH, Park MJ, Twietmeyer L, Brindis CD, Irwin CE

Puberty Education in a Global Context: Knowledge Gaps, Opportunities, and Implications for Policy.

Journal of research on adolescence : the official journal of the Society for Research on Adolescence

Crockett LJ, Deardorff J, Johnson M, Irwin C, Petersen AC

Readying Youth and Young Adults for Transition to Adult Care During Preventive Care Visits: New Clinician Toolkit.

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

White PH, Schmidt A, McManus M, Irwin CE

Time Alone for Adolescents With Their Providers During Clinical Encounters: It Is Not That Simple!

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

Irwin CE

Increasing Delivery of Preventive Services to Adolescents and Young Adults: Does the Preventive Visit Help?

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

Adams SH, Park MJ, Twietmeyer L, Brindis CD, Irwin CE

Adolescent Health Providers' Willingness to Prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to Youth at Risk of HIV Infection in the United States.

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

Hart-Cooper GD, Allen I, Irwin CE, Scott H

Serving the Underserved: The Health and Well-Being of Adolescent and Young Adult Males.

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

Kaul P, Irwin CE

Association Between Adolescent Preventive Care and the Role of the Affordable Care Act.

JAMA pediatrics

Adams SH, Park MJ, Twietmeyer L, Brindis CD, Irwin CE

Improving Receipt and Preventive Care Delivery for Adolescents and Young Adults: Initial Lessons from Top-Performing States.

Maternal and child health journal

Brindis CD, Twietmeyer L, Park MJ, Adams S, Irwin CE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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