Taussig College Faculty Biographies

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Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM

Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Trent is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and in the Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Trent is a graduate of Yale University, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her Pediatric Residency Training at Children's National Medical Center and Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is currently the Director of Interdisciplinary Training for the Johns Hopkins Leadership in Education in Adolescent Health Training Program, Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Training Program, Director of Training for the DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities, and a medical consultant for the Baltimore City Health Department School-Based Health Program. Dr. Trent provides primary and subspecialty consultation services to adolescents in the Harriet Lane Adolescent and Young Adult Practice and consultation service within the Johns Hopkins Hospital. A major focus of Dr. Trent’s research and professional interest has been on improving adolescent and young adult reproductive health outcomes with a specific focus on fertility preservation for adolescent girls with reproductive endocrine disorders and those at risk for complications of sexually transmitted infections. Over the course of her research career, she has utilized a variety of research strategies to better understand the barriers and facilitators for optimal care delivery and patient adherence to treatment for complicated sexually transmitted infections to design innovative approaches to care. As an example, Dr. Trent is currently the Principal Investigator of the TECH-N study, a large randomized controlled clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research designed to test a technology enhanced community health nursing intervention to improve patient adherence and reduce recurrent sexually transmitted infections after pelvic inflammatory disease. Dr. Trent is the author of scientific research, editorials, book chapters, and patient-directed media materials in the field of adolescent and young adult health. Her work moves from the bedside to research arena in an effort to improve health disparities. As such, her work is not only found in scientific journals and medical textbooks, but also in places where her research findings can reach the young people who need them. Dr. Trent has been recognized for her work in reproductive health in urban communities by medical associations and the lay press. She is an active member of the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine for which she serves on the Nominations Committee and co-directs the SAHM Research Mentoring Forum. She is also chair of the Section on Adolescent Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Assembly of School-based Health Services, and the Governor's Task Force on Prevention of Injuries in Female Athletes.