The Decision Sciences for Child Health Collaborative (DSCCo) was originally founded by Ellen Lipstein, MD, MPH as the Society for Medical Decision Making’s Pediatric Interest Group. DSCCo is currently co-chaired by Jody Lin, MD, MS and Davene R. Wright, PhD.

Mission: To support the use of decision sciences methods for child health research by

  1. Fostering collaborations between clinicians, researchers, practitioners, patients, and caregivers,

  2. Educating pediatric researchers about decision sciences methods,

  3. Highlighting excellent pediatric decision sciences research, and

  4. Identifying areas where decision science can improve pediatric research, practice, and policy.

Upcoming event

We will be convening to discuss how researchers with different disciplinary focuses approach a single pediatric health issue: transitions from pediatric to adult care. Even if your work does not center around adolescent and young adult health, we hope this symposium will shed light on ways of conducting cross-disciplinary research and will model approaches for developing fruitful, mutually beneficial MD/PhD collaborations.

Meetings and Events

DSCCo meets in-person twice annually at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in the Spring and at the Society for Medical Decision Making North American Annual Meeting in October. At these in-person meetings, we endeavor to offer short courses, symposia, and networking events.

In between in-person meetings, we endeavor to host journal clubs and symposia, and to draft collaborative manuscripts. We publicize pediatric decision sciences-related research, job postings, and training opportunities through our quarterly newsletters, mailing listserv, and our Twitter account.

Workshops, Journal Clubs, and Symposia

  • Wright DR, Lavelle TA, Malik FS, and Prosser LA. “Re-mixing methods: using quantitative conjoint analysis research approaches to augment qualitative data.” APA Special Interest Group: Interdisciplinary Pediatric Researchers SIG at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2019 Meeting. Baltimore, MD. April 29, 2019. [View the workshop summary.]

  • Lin J, Lipstein EA, Lundstrom G, Lundstrom R, Sediqzadah S, Tay D, Wittenberg E. “Intergenerational Decision Making: The Role of Family Relationships in Medical Decision Making.” Society for Medical Decision Making 42nd Annual North American Meeting. October 27, 2020. Virtual. [Read the abstract and watch the recording]

  • Auger KA, Prosser LA, Salomon JA. “COVID-19 and School Closures: Models, Policy, and Health.” Journal club. January 20th, 2021. [Media coverage]

  • Smith HS, Lavelle TA, Goranitis I, Knight S, Rivers Z. "Precisely equitable? Decision making and equity considerations in pediatric precision medicine." Society for Medical Decision Making 44th Annual North American Meeting. October 2022, October 27) Seattle, WA.

  • "Studying transitions from pediatric to adult care: Multi-disciplinary research perspectives.” Virtual Symposium. January 25th, 2023. [Register here]


  • Lipstein EA, Brinkman WB, Fiks AG, et al. “An Emerging Field of Research: Challenges in Pediatric Decision Making.” Medical Decision Making. 2015 Apr;35(3): 403-8. [Full text]

  • Lin JL, Lipstein EA, Wittenberg E, Tay D, Lundstrom R, Lundstrom GL, Sediqzadah S, Wright DR. “Intergenerational decision making: the role of family relationships in medical decision making.” Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice. 2021 Oct 29; 6(2): 23814683211039468. [Full text]