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Nia Heard-Garris

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Areas of Focus

  • Stress in childhood
  • Racism among children
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Pediatric health disparities


  • The role of childhood stress in the development of pediatric illnesses and key mitigating factors
  • The relationship between adversities experienced early in childhood andhealth
  • The impact of race-related stressors on children,adolescents and theirfamilies
  • Factors that contribute to a child’s ability to thrive despite adversities in childhood
  • Helps pediatricians and policymakers build resilience in children and in the communities that support children