Emily Feinberg, ScD, CPNP

Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics

Emily Feinberg
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


Emily Feinberg, ScD, CPNP is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and Associate Professor at Boston University School of Public Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences

I received my ScD and MSc from Harvard School of Public Health, my MSN in Parent-Child Nursing from Simmons College, and my BSN from Boston University.I am trained clinically as a pediatric nurse practitioner and continue to see patients at Dothouse Health, a federally qualified community health center in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.The focus of my research is improving systems of care for vulnerable children with complex conditions. I have a background in maternal and child health with specific training in the conduct of community-based experimental studies. I held a K23 award from the National Institute of Nursing Research to adapt and pilot a depression prevention intervention to mothers of children with developmental delays who receive early intervention services.Our research team has completed three large clinical trials to study this intervention as a depression prevention strategy among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), mothers of poor children in Head Start, and mothers of preterm infants.

My current work focuses on addressing disparities in behavioral health outcomes experienced by low income children. My work seeks to improve systems of care for young children with ASD and other mental health conditions. I am co-directing a foundation-funded initiative, TEAM- UP for children, to implement an integrated child behavioral health model in community health centers and I have served as co-investigator on a study that tested a model of collaborative care management for children with ADHD. All of my work related to systems redesign has targeted urban, low-income families and been conducted in urban, safety net settings. Specific to ASD, I was a co-investigator on an MCHB-funded study of family navigation for children newly diagnosed with ASD and PI on 2 pilot grants (Noonan Foundation; AHRQ R03) to develop a model of family navigation to improve early identification of children with ASD. Based on this work, I received one of NIMH’s Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Lifespan awards to conduct a multisite Type 1 hybrid effectiveness/implementation to test a comprehensive systems approach, based on Family Navigation, to improve early identification and linkage to services of children with ASD. The five sites that were funded under this funding opportunity have formed the NIMH sponsored ASD PEDS Research Network. I am site PI of the newly funded Autism Center of Excellence network, Autism Adaptive Community-based Treatment to Improve Outcomes using Navigators (ACTION) Network. I have a long history of mentoring doctoral students, postdoctoral student and junior faculty. I have served as the served as the primary mentor/dissertation chair to over 20 mentees.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Clinical Staff Privileges, Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MSc
  • Simmons College, MSN
  • Boston University, BSN


  • Published on 12/4/2023

    Guastaferro K, Sheldrick RC, Strayhorn JC, Feinberg E. Operationalizing Primary Outcomes to Achieve Reach, Effectiveness, and Equity in Multilevel Interventions. Prev Sci. 2023 Dec 04. PMID: 38047992.

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  • Published on 10/1/2023

    Guastaferro K, Sheldrick RC, Nunez-Pepen R, Ortiz M, Much-Hichos M, Trieu D, Broder-Fingert S, Feinberg E. Commentary: How Lay Health Workers in a Federally Qualified Community Health Center Filled a Critical Void in a Public Health Crisis. Fam Community Health. 2023 Oct-Dec 01; 46(4):259-262. PMID: 37703514.

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  • Published on 9/20/2023

    Feinberg E, Eilenberg JS. Role of Community Health Workers in Promoting Health Equity in Pediatrics. Acad Pediatr. 2024 Mar; 24(2):199-200. PMID: 37739310.

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  • Published on 9/7/2023

    Mottl-Santiago J, Dukhovny D, Cabral H, Rodrigues D, Spencer L, Valle EA, Feinberg E. Effectiveness of an Enhanced Community Doula Intervention in a Safety Net Setting: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Health Equity. 2023; 7(1):466-476. PMID: 37731785.

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  • Published on 8/11/2023

    Kim J, Bair-Merritt MH, Rosenberg J, Feinberg E, Morris A, Durham MP, Estela MG, Sheldrick RC. Changes Over Time in Outcomes of School-Age Children and Parents Receiving Integrated Mental Health Care in Federally Qualified Health Centers. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2023 Sep 01; 44(7):e493-e500. PMID: 37566878.

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  • Published on 8/7/2023

    Hill C, Justo S, Park H, Bair-Merritt M, Morris A, Feinberg E, Sheldrick RC. Pediatric Provider and Staff Burnout in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers. J Ambul Care Manage. 2023 Oct-Dec 01; 46(4):265-271. PMID: 37540093.

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  • Published on 7/19/2023

    Sheldrick RC, Hooker JL, Carter AS, Feinberg E, Croen LA, Kuhn J, Slate E, Wetherby AM. The influence of loss to follow-up in autism screening research: Taking stock and moving forward. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2024 May; 65(5):656-667. PMID: 37469104.

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  • Published on 6/16/2023

    Levinson J, Hickey E, Fuchu P, Chu A, Barnett M, Stadnick NA, Feinberg E, Broder-Fingert S. Recommendations for post-implementation adaptations to optimize family navigation in pediatric primary care: a qualitative study with parents and navigators. BMC Prim Care. 2023 Jun 16; 24(1):123. PMID: 37328810.

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  • Published on 4/23/2023

    Buchanan G, Sullivan E, Berkel C, Breitenstein S, Feinberg E, Valado T, Willis D. Implementing Parenting Programs in Primary Care: A Framework and a Call for Action. Acad Pediatr. 2023; 23(7):1315-1325. PMID: 37088132.

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  • Published on 4/18/2023

    Barnett ML, Salem H, Rosas YG, Feinberg E, Nunez-Pepen R, Chu A, Belmont-Ryu H, Matsuno E, Broder-Fingert S. Adapting Community Health Worker Care Models to Advance Mental Health Services Among LGBTQ Youth. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2023 Jul; 50(4):658-672. PMID: 37071315.

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