Professor Kate Steinbeck is the inaugural Medical Foundation Chair in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Sydney. The position was established in 2010 in recognition of the need for a focused effort to address the health problems faced by adolescents, including the large burden of chronic illness. An endocrinologist and adolescent medicine physician, Professor Steinbeck is a Clinical Academic and Professor of the Discipline in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health and a Senior Staff Specialist in the Department of Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW). Professor Steinbeck has authored numerous original research articles and reviews on obesity, chronic illness, the long term effects of cancer therapy, and puberty. She is co-editor of “A Clinical Handbook in Adolescent Medicine”, a valuable resource providing health professionals working with adolescents and young adults with practical, clinically relevant, and youth specific information. Professor Steinbeck also regularly contributes to ABC radio on Drive with Richard Glover on adolescent health.
As Medical Foundation Chair, Professor Steinbeck leads the Academic Department of Adolescent Medicine at CHW with its broad based research program designed to inform clinical practice in adolescent medicine. Professor Steinbeck’s current major study is the Adolescent Rural Cohort Study of Hormones, Health, Education, Environment, and Relationships (ARCHER). As Chief Investigator, Professor Steinbeck leads this longitudinal study in rural NSW, to show how changes in puberty hormone changes affect adolescent health, wellbeing and behaviour. Professor Steinbeck’s other research involvements include, novel studies on the transition from paediatric to adult care, the management of chronic illness during adolescence, the long term endocrine effects of cancer therapy, and defining optimal methodologies in adolescent research (including the use of social media to improve engagement and retention in research). Professor Steinbeck actively advocates for young people by engaging within the wider community through presentations to teacher groups, non-government organisations, and other professional bodies.
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