Danielle Cullen is research faculty at PolicyLab and Attending Physician and Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a senior fellow of the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Cullen’s research focuses on socio-economic health disparities, in particular childhood food insecurity. Her long-term goal is to reduce food insecurity and improve health outcomes among socially disadvantaged children through the development of effective, acceptable and feasible strategies to identify social risk and improve family engagement with resources. She is dedicated to community involvement in programmatic design to enhance reach and sustainability. Her current interdisciplinary research portfolio includes mixed-methods evaluations of social determinant screening modalities, locations and referral processes, and the implementation and evaluation of the USDA’s summer food service program across CHOP clinical settings. In addition to her research, Dr. Cullen serves as chair of the Food Insecurity workgroup for the multi-institutional COACH (Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Community Health) initiative to address social determinants of health in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Dr. Cullen earned her Master's of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2011, and her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 2012. She completed residency in General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2015. There, with support from the American Academy of Pediatrics, she developed a screening and intervention protocol for food insecurity in the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Emergency Department. This protocol was integrated into the electronic medical record system as the standard of care, and has now been expanded to the hospital’s inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2018. During this time, she was also a T32 research scholar, earning her Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Health Services Research from the University of Pennsylvania.