Taussig College Faculty Biographies

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Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM

Professor of Pediatrics, Chief Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Professor of American Health, and Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Professor of Nursing, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Dr. Trent is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Professor of American Health 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 Division Chief for the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine and Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Training Program, 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 Adolescent and Young Adult Practice in the Harriet Lane Program and consultation service within the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. A major focus of Dr. Trent’s research and professional interest has been on improving adolescent and young adult reproductive health outcomes for adolescent girls with reproductive endocrine disorders and those at risk for complications of sexually transmitted infections. She is an independent scientist with multiple funded research studies designed to address adolescent sexual and reproductive health disparities.

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 the research arena 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 young people who need them. Dr. Trent has been recognized for her work by medical associations and the lay press. She is an active member of the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine for which she serves as the immediate past president and co-directs the SAHM Research Mentoring Forum. She is also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.