Clinical Interests: Global newborn health; health disparities in survival and long-term outcomes in high and low-resource settings; role of home environment and parental mental health on newborn outcomes with a clinical emphasis on family-centered care
Scholarly Focus: Dr. Perez strives to allow all newborns to reach their full developmental potential in the U.S. as well as in low-resource settings, noting the role family wellness plays in early childhood development. Dr. Perez continues to be involved with projects in Nicaragua assessing the role of maternal mental health and environment of sociopolitical instability on developmental outcomes of young children. She is the PI of a study to assess the incidence of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders in the UW NICU in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. She is involved in developing a novel IV fluid regulator device for use in limited resource settings with Dr. Greg Valentine and has ongoing collaborations to evaluate outcomes using existing data from the U.S. and internationally. Her primary interests revolve around improving newborn care and outcomes in resource-limited settings, finding reasons and solutions behind existing outcome disparities, and describing the crucial role of the family on childhood developmental outcomes.
2020-2021 Bioresearch Fund, $8,320. “Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Parental Mental Health and Breastfeeding Practices in the NICU” Principal Investigator
Administration/Education Roles: Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health; Co-lead of ALIGN (Advancing learning and innovation in global neonatology); BRAIN, Director of Global Public Health; Co-lead UW NICU Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) team; Clinical competency committee coach the pediatric residency program. She is involved with the clinical training of students, residents, physician assistants, neonatal nurse practitioners and fellows locally at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s and internationally via the training of health workers and students thru Amos in Managua, Nicaragua.