Sandra H. Jee, M.D., M.P.H.

Sandra H. Jee, M.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 777
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-4657
Fax: (585) 461-1231

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Research Bio

Dr. Jee's primary areas of inquiry relate to health disparities for underserved children. Her recent work has focused on psychosocial issues for children, health needs for children in foster care, and the intersection between primary pediatrics and mental health care.

Dr. Jee's current research interests include resilience for children in the child welfare system and mental health needs for children in foster care. She has received funding from local foundations to do both primary data collection studies examining quality of care and adherence to clinical standards in foster care, and also from federal sources (Administration for Children and Families) to conduct secondary data analysis using nationally representative samples to study child welfare issues.

She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholar, and has focused her work on primary care-based mental health screening for adolescents in foster care. She is co-PI on a collaborative pilot intervention project to examine how mindfulness skills impact stress reduction for youth in foster and kinship care, aged 14-21 years. This is a mixed-methods RCT using quantitative, qualitative, and physiologic measures to study impact of this supervised, structured group program for vulnerable youth in Rochester.

Other recent work funded by the New York State Health Foundation include evidence-based training of foster parents using the Incredible Years curriculum, leading a national learning collaborative for foster care, which linked multiple health care foster care sites around the country to share best practices and examine quality of care measures, and developing handouts on managing behavioral problems of young children.

She has experience as a diagnostician for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and she has been an invited keynote speaker for local and statewide talks on this topic, as well as a member of a grant review panel for the Centers for Disease Control.

She has led workshops at national meetings on quality of care and work-life balance.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Jules Cohen Dean's Teaching Fellow 2015 - 2017
Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholar 2007 - 2010
Kellogg Foundation Scholar in Health Disparities 2003 - 2004
Summer Research Institute Participant, National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 2002
Robert J. Haggerty Prize in Pediatrics 1998
Samuel W. Clausen fellow, University of Rochester School of Medicine 1996
Edward Bouchet Research Fellowship, Yale University 1991

Recent Journal Articles

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Conn AM, Calais C, Szilagyi MA, Baldwin C, Jee SH. "Youth in out-of-home care: relation of engagement in structured group activities with social and mental health measures." Children and Youth Services Review. 2014; 36: 201-205.
Jee SH, DelBalso M, Gonka J, Chin N. "Latino foster parent health perceptions of chronic conditions: a qualitative exploration." Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2014; 23(2): 373-380.
2011 May
Jee SH, Szilagyi M, Conn AM, Nilsen W, Toth S, Baldwin CD, Szilagyi PG. "Validating office-based screening for psychosocial strengths and difficulties among youths in foster care." Pediatrics. 2011 May; 127(5):904-10. Epub 2011 Apr 18.
Jee SH, Halterman JS, Szilagyi M, Conn AM, Alpert-Gillis L, Szilagyi PG. "Use of a brief standardized screening instrument in a primary care setting to enhance detection of social-emotional problems among youth in foster care." Academic pediatrics. 2011 11(5):409-13. Epub 2011 Jun 17.
2010 Feb
Jee SH, Szilagyi M, Ovenshire C, Norton A, Conn AM, Blumkin A, Szilagyi PG. "Improved detection of developmental delays among young children in foster care." Pediatrics. 2010 Feb; 125(2):282-9. Epub 2010 Jan 11.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics (SMD) - Primary


Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MPH | Public Health | University of Michigan School of Public Health2003
MD | Medicine-With Distinction in Research | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1998
BA | English | Yale University1992

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Pediatrics at University of Michigan Medical Center07/01/2000 - 06/30/2001
Residency in Pediatrics at New York University Langone Medical Center06/25/1999 - 06/30/2000
Internship in Pediatrics at New York University Langone Medical Center06/24/1998 - 06/24/1999