Nadia Dowshen is a faculty member at PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and serves as Director of Adolescent HIV Services in the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In addition to specialized care for youth living with HIV/AIDS, Dr. Dowshen also provides general adolescent medical care at CHOP and Covenant House, PA, a youth shelter located in Philadelphia. She recently co-founded the CHOP Sexuality and Gender Development Clinic which now provides medical and psychosocial support to more than 150 gender variant children and adolescents.
Dr. Dowshen’s research focuses on using youth-friendly technology to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy and improve other health outcomes for adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. She is also interested more broadly in research around issues of STD and HIV prevention and treatment as well as achieving health equity for other marginalized youth including LGBT and homeless adolescents. Dr. Dowshen received the 2010 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine New Investigator Award for her research identifying protective factors against HIV infection among transgender youth. She was recently named an NIH Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) Scholar and a Best Young Investigator by the National Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR). She was also recently selected as a University of Pennsylvania Community Scholar-in-Residence for Project SHINE (Supporting Health Identities for Gender Variant Youth) which focuses on better defining health needs, strengths and challenges of gender non-conforming children and adolescents. Dr. Dowshen also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sexual Information and Education Council of the United States, a national non-profit which promotes comprehensive education about sexuality, and advocates for the right of individuals to make responsible sexual choices.