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In this episode Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, associate editor of digital media for the journal Pediatrics, shares a research roundup from the July issue. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk with David Becker, MD, MPH, MA, LMFT, FAAP, and Jody Thomas, PhD, about strategies for taking the pain and fear out of vaccinations.



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Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP


Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, is the Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She is the associate editor of digital media for the journal Pediatrics.

David Becker, MD, MPH, MA, LMFT, FAAP


Dr. David Becker specializes in pediatric integrative medicine, pediatric behavioral health, and pediatric chronic pain. Dr. Becker was a primary care pediatrician at UCSF for 15 years before fully transitioning to the Osher Center for Integrative Health in 2008. He has extensive training and clinical experience with integrative medicine, mind-body strategies, chronic pain management, and clinical psychology. He is a member of the AAP section on Integrative Medicine.

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Jody Thomas, PhD


Dr. Thomas is a licensed clinical psychologist and specialist in pediatric medical illness and trauma. She is a well-known expert in pediatric pain who writes and teaches internationally on the subject. As founder and CEO of the nonprofit Meg Foundation, her focus is leveraging technology and design to empower families around pain and medical anxiety, support medical providers, prevent medical trauma, and address healthcare equity/access. She is also a founder and the former Clinical Director of the Packard Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center at Stanford and a current adjunct faculty/former Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.


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Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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