Sheila Gahagan

Sheila Gahagan Division Chief
Contact Information
Email: sgahagan@ucsd.edu

Research and Teaching Interests

Sheila Gahagan is a subspecialty board certified, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and an epidemiologist whose research is aimed at understanding health disparities in child growth and development.

Education

09/70-08/74 Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI, B.S. Zoology
09/76-06/80Michigan State Univ., College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI, M.D.
09/03-04/05Univ. of Michigan, School Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI, M.P.H Epidemiology

Honors and Awards

1974B.S. Cum Laude, Michigan State University
1979Superior Performance in Internal Medicine, Michigan State University
1980Best Basic Science Research Paper, Michigan State University
1984Isolated Hardship Service Ribbon. DHHS, United States Public Health Service
1988The Achievement Medal. DHHS, United States Public Health Service
1991J. Kipp Charlton Humanitarian Award. Phoenix Pediatric Residency Program
1992Indian Health Service Certificate of Appreciation. DHHS, United States Public Health Service.
1994Clerkship Director, Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Clerkship in the Clinical Sciences. University of Arizona.
1995Clerkship Director, Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Clerkship in the Clinical Sciences, University of Arizona.
1999Elizabeth B. Gall Award, Washtenaw County and Livingston County Chapters of the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health.
2001Top 10% teachers in Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan.
2002Top 10% teachers in Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan.
2005University of Michigan Medical School Dean’s Community Service Award.

Most Recent Publications

  • Burrows RA, Leiva LB, Weisstaub G, Lera LM, Albala CB, Blanco E, Gahagan S. High HOMA-IR, Adjusted for Puberty, Relates to the Metabolic Syndrome in Overweight and Obese Chilean Youths. Pediatric Diabetes, 12(3 Pt 2):212-8, 2011
  • Reyes M. Gahagan S, Diaz E, Blanco E, Leiva L, Lera L, Burrow R. Relationship of Adiposity and Insulin Resistance Mediated by Inflammation in A Group of Overweight and Obese Chilean Adolescents. Nutrition Journal, (10):4, 2011.
  • Marcus S, Lopez JF, McDonough S, Mackenzie MJ, Flynn H, Neal CR Jr, Gahagan S, Volling B, Kaciroti N, Vazquez DM. Depressive symptoms during pregnancy: Impact on neuroendocrine and neonatal outcomes. Infant Behav Dev, 2010 Oct 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Gahagan S. “Crying and Colic.” In Behrman RE, Kliegman RM (eds): Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics, 5e. Philadelphia, W.B. Sanders, 2010.
  • Gahagan S. “Temper Tantrums.” In Behrman RE, Kliegman RM (eds): Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics, 5e. Philadelphia, W.B. Sanders, 2010.
  • Gahagan S. “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.” In Behrman RE, Kliegman RM (eds): Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics, 5e. Philadelphia, W.B. Sanders, 2010.
  • Gahagan S. “Control of Elimination - Normal Development and Disorders.” In Behrman RE, Kliegman RM (eds): Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics, 5e. Philadelphia, W.B. Sanders, 2010.
  • Gahagan S. “Normal Sleep and Pediatric Sleep Disorders.” In Behrman RE, Kliegman RM (eds): Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics, 5e. Philadelphia, W.B. Sanders, 2010.
  • Orringer K, Gahagan S. Adolescent Girls Define Menstruation: A Multi-Ethnic Exploratory Study. Health Care for Women International, 31(9): 831-847, 2010.
  • Cappiello MS, Gahagan S. Early Child Development and Developmental Delay in Indigenous Communities. Pediatr Clin N Am, 56(6):1501-1517, 2009.
  • Gahagan S. HIV-stage, Nutritional Status, and Psychomotor Child Development in Resource-Poor Settings - A Causal Web. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 51(12):929-30, 2009.
  • Gahagan S, Yu S, Kaciroti N, Castillo M, Lozoff B. Linear and Ponderal Growth Trajectories in Well-Nourished, Iron-Sufficient Infants Are Unimpaired by Iron Supplementation. J Nutr, 139(11):2106-12, 2009.
  • Gahagan S. Breast feeding and the risk of allergy and asthma. BMJ. 335(7624):782-3, 2007.
  • Gahagan S. No reduction in risk in childhood asthma/allergy symptoms found with longer breast-feeding. J Peds, 152:441-2, 2008.
  • Fazzi E, Zaccagnino M, Gahagan S, Capsoni C, Signorini S, Ariaudo G, Lanners J, Orcesi S. Sleep disturbances in visually impaired toddlers. Brain Dev, 30:572-8, 2008.
  • Bishop S. Gahagan S. Lord C. Re-examining the core features of autism: a comparison of autism spectrum disorder and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry & Allied Disciplines, 48:1111-21, 2007.
  • Trasande L, Newman N, Long L, Howe G, Kerwin BJ, Martin RJ, Gahagan S, Weil WB. Translating Knowledge about Environmental Health to Practitioners: Are We Doing Enough? Mt Sinai J Med, 77:114-123.