LEAH Medicine Fellow Year 3

Jessica Serrano received her bachelor’s degree in Physiology at the University of Arizona. She also attended medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University as a participant in the Public Health and Advocacy longitudinal track.

Training goals: 


1. Expanding her clinical and research skill sets.
2. Developing new knowledge and skills related to adolescent health policy and advocacy.
3. Using her training in an interdisciplinary setting to study and implement change within the system of adolescent health care.
4. Empowering adolescents and their families in targeted and sustainable health promotion initiatives.
Interests & Projects : 

Jessica’s interests include understanding the attitudes and perceptions of sexuality among underserved adolescent females, specifically within the Latino community. She is also interested in reproductive health, contraceptive use and accessibility, in this unique population of women. Her future research projects will focus on how to engage Latino adolescents in responsible decision making as it pertains to reproductive health. In addition, information gained from investigating these viewpoints and behaviors toward their sexual development will inevitably inform our interactions, counseling, and guidance during routine visits.