Dr. Elizabeth Barnert, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has received an Outstanding New Member Science Award from the Society for Pediatric Research.

The society, a network of multi-disciplinary researchers improving child health, recognized Barnert with the award in April at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, where Barnert also presented findings from her research.

The Outstanding New Member Science Award honors physician-scientists who have conducted exceptional research in the field of pediatric health. Barnert’s research focuses on youth involved in the juvenile justice system, commercially sexually exploited youth, and youth undergoing family separation and reunification.

Barnert’s recent publications observed the short- and long-term health effects that youth who encounter the juvenile justice system face. Her work with Laura Abrams, a professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, contributed to the passage of Senate Bill 439, which excludes children under 12 in California from the juvenile justice system and was signed into law September 2018.