Adolescent Medicine


Laura Richardson, MD, MPH
Division Chief,
Professor of Pediatrics; Adolescent Medicine


The Adolescent Medicine Division at the University of Washington consists of a multidisciplinary group of professionals that are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents.

Clinical Programs

The Adolescent Medicine Division in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington is a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, who are committed to providing excellent care for adolescents within the local Seattle community and the WWAMI region. We provide consultative care at Seattle Children’s and Harborview with specific expertise in eating disorders, chronic pain (headache, stomach pain, and musculoskeletal pain), gynecology and substance abuse and school failure. We also provide care to underserved adolescents at the King County Department of Youth Services and the Country Doctor Free Teen Clinic.

For appointments, please call: Central Scheduling (206)-987-2028, option 1

Research Programs

Our research program is designed to address key areas that affect the health of adolescents. We have expertise in STD research, behavioral change interventions to decrease sexual risk behaviors in adolescents, the impact of mental health disorders on physical health, somatic symptoms, and health services interventions to improve the treatment of adolescents with mental health disorders in the primary care setting. In our research, we benefit from close collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry, the Center for AIDS & STD Research, Public Health Seattle & King County, the Child Health Institute and Division of General Pediatrics, and the Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies.

Training Programs

We are committed to training providers of all stages and disciplines to meet the health care needs of adolescents and their families. All of our clinicians are actively involved in teaching both locally and nationally. We have a close relationship with the residency program, medical school and school of nursing and provide regular lectures and frequent direct supervision for trainees in these areas. We have an active adolescent medicine fellowship program formed in cooperation with colleagues in the Department of Psychiatry and at the Center for AIDS and STD Research.

For more information, please visit the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship webpage.

Community Programs

We are committed to being a resource to the community and are actively engaged in community projects to prevent obesity, substance abuse prevention, as well as parent education and school health. We have collaborations and partnerships with the King County public health department, Seattle Public Schools and Community Coalitions.