Lauren S Chernick, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Treats Children
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Dr. Lauren Chernick is a pediatric emergency medicine physician board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatrics Emergency Medicine with a Masters of Biostatistics (MSc) from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She has dedicated her career to both the clinical care of children and the study of how to improve the health of adolescents who present for care to the emergency department (ED).

Dr. Chernick has been the PI, Co-Investigator, and site PI on multiple grants and was funded through a K23 Career Mentored Development Grant from the National Institute of Child and Health Development (NICHD). She is also the Chair of the PECARN (Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network; funded by HRSA) Adolescent Sexual Health Working Group. Her specific research focus is improving adolescent health through designing, testing, and implementing innovative and engaging digital health platforms that fit into ED workflow. As an investigator, she has extensive experience with qualitative and quantitative data analysis, user-centered design, digital health, and ED-based trials.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics (in Emergency Medicine) at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • State University of New York - Upstate Health Sciences Center -Syracuse
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics


Research Interests

  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Mobile health interventions
  • Qualitative analysis


09/01/18-8/31/22   Targeting high risk teens in the emergency department: A user-informed, theory-based intervention using text messaging to reduce teen pregnancy (NCE) 

                                    PI: Chernick 


K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award 

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 

04/01/20-03/31/22     A Digital Intervention to Improve the Sexual and Reproductive Health of  

Male Adolescent Emergency Department Patients 

                                    PI: Chernick 


R21 NIH Exploratory/Development Research Grant 

National Institute of Nursing Research 


Selected Publications

Chernick LS, Santelli J, Stockwell MS, Gonzalez A, Ehrhardt A, Thompson JLP, Leu CS, Bakken S, Westhoff CL, Dayan PS. A Multi-Media Digital Intervention to Improve the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescent Female Emergency Department Patients. Acad Emerg Med. 2021 Nov 5. doi: 10.1111/acem.14411. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34738284. 


Chernick LS, Stockwell M, Gonzalez A, Mitchell J, Bakken S, Ehrhardt A, Westhoff CL, Santelli J, Dayan P. A user-informed, theory-based pregnancy prevention intervention for adolescent in the emergency department: A prospective, cohort study. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020 Sep 15; S1054-139X(2)30418-3. PMID: 32948403.  


Chernick LS, Chun T, Richards R, Bromberg JR, Ahmad F, McAninch B, Mull C, Shenoi R, Sufoletto B, Casper C, Linakis, J, Spirito A, PECARN. Sex without contraceptives in a multi-center study of adolescent emergency department patients. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 Apr;27(4):283-290. PMID: 31596987.  


Chernick LS, Berrigan M, Korja A, Gonzalez A, Bakken S, Stockwell MS, Ehrhardt A, Westhoff CL, Dayan PS, Santelli J. Engaging Adolescents with Sexual Health Messaging: A Qualitative Analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2019 Nov;65(5):660-666. PMID: 31495641.  


Chernick LS, Wu Mengfei, Stockwell MS, Castano P, Schnall R, Westhoff C, Santelli J, Dayan P. Texting to Increase Contraceptive Use Among Adolescents in the Emergency Department: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2017 Dec;61(6):786-790.