Caroline J. Kistin, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Caroline Kistin
(617) 414-3642
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


I am a general academic pediatrician and health services researcher with a focus on strengthening families and preventing child maltreatment. I am clinically trained in Pediatrics and have a Masters of Science in Epidemiology. My prior research has focused on improving the quality of care provided for abused and neglected children by child protection teams, improving communication of recommended parenting practices in general pediatrics, and developing selective child maltreatment prevention interventions for high-risk families. I also teach and write about evidence-based theory and methods as they apply to health services research. My research has been funded by NICHD, PCORI, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I am the Program Director for the General Academic Pediatric fellowship at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. Our fellowship is part of a larger multidisciplinary fellowship program that is a collaboration between the Departments of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Family Medicine. I am committed to providing high-level research and career mentorship to undergraduates, medical students, residents, and pediatric fellows.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


  • University of New Mexico School of Medicine, MD
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, BA


  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Vu C, Rothman E, Kistin CJ, Barton K, Bulman B, Budzak-Garza A, Olson-Dorff D, Bair-Merritt MH. Adapting the Patient-Centered Medical Home to Address Psychosocial Adversity: Results of a Qualitative Study. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Sep - Oct; 17(7S):S115-S122. PMID: 28865642.

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  • Published on 5/5/2017

    Lemkin A, Kistin CJ, Cabral HJ, Aschengrau A, Bair-Merritt M. School connectedness and high school graduation among maltreated youth. Child Abuse Negl. 2018 Jan; 75:130-138. PMID: 28483290.

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  • Published on 12/1/2016

    Silverstein M, Kistin CJ. Early Education Programs for Low-Income Children: The Time for Dissemination Has Come. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Dec 01; 170(12):1139-1140. PMID: 27695856.

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  • Published on 11/1/2016

    Radesky JS, Kistin C, Eisenberg S, Gross J, Block G, Zuckerman B, Silverstein M. Parent Perspectives on Their Mobile Technology Use: The Excitement and Exhaustion of Parenting While Connected. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2016 Nov/Dec; 37(9):694-701. PMID: 27802256.

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  • Published on 11/1/2016

    Radesky JS, Eisenberg S, Kistin CJ, Gross J, Block G, Zuckerman B, Silverstein M. Overstimulated Consumers or Next-Generation Learners? Parent Tensions About Child Mobile Technology Use. Ann Fam Med. 2016 Nov; 14(6):503-508. PMID: 28376436.

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  • Published on 1/5/2016

    Kistin CJ, Tompson MC, Cabral HJ, Sege RD, Winter MR, Silverstein M. Subsequent Maltreatment in Children With Disabilities After an Unsubstantiated Report for Neglect. JAMA. 2016 Jan 5; 315(1):85-7. PMID: 26746463.

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  • Published on 10/20/2015

    Kistin C, Silverstein M. Pilot Studies: A Critical but Potentially Misused Component of Interventional Research. JAMA. 2015 Oct 20; 314(15):1561-2. PMID: 26501530.

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  • Published on 10/14/2015

    Kistin CJ. Address persistent racial disparities in academic medicine to improve healthcare quality. Evid Based Med. 2015 Dec; 20(6):191-2. PMID: 26467995.

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  • Published on 4/2/2015

    Silverstein M, Kistin C, Bair-Merritt M, Wiltsey-Stirman S, Feinberg E, Diaz-Linhart Y, Sandler J, Chen N, Cabral H. Avoidance as an obstacle to preventing depression among urban women at high risk for violent trauma. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Feb; 19(1):63-70. PMID: 25833808.

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  • Published on 4/28/2014

    Kistin CJ. Transparent reporting of missing outcome data in clinical trials: applying the general principles of CONSORT 2010. Evid Based Med. 2014 Oct; 19(5):161-2. PMID: 24778412.

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