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Staff and Contributors


Here's a brief introduction to the core staff of the Center for Young Women's Health (CYWH) and contributors to Medical fellows,and other Boston Children's Hospital health care professionals contribute to the development of content and our wonderful youth advisors advise us on presenting information in a teen-friendly style.


Dr. S. Jean Emans

Dr. S. Jean Emans

Co-Director and Co-Founder

Dr. Emans is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, and the Director of the Office of Faculty Development at Children’s Hospital Boston. She is the author of several textbooks, including Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (5th edition, 2005), and more than 150 medical articles. She has lectured extensively around the world on many reproductive health topics. Dr. Emans oversees the operation of the CYWH, edits all of our health guides and moderates our monthly PCOS chats. In 2006, she was honored with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Adele Dellenbaugh Hofmann Adolescent Health Award. Dr. Emans feels passionately about empowering girls about their health.


Dr. Marc Laufer

Dr. Marc R. Laufer

Co-Director and Co-Founder

Dr. Laufer is the Chief of Gynecology at Children’s Hospital Boston, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. He is the past president of the North American Society of Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology, and the past chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist’s Adolescent Health Committee. Dr. Laufer has conducted research and published extensively, lectured internationally, and is the co-author of 4th and 5th edition of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Dr. Laufer is recognized internationally for his expertise in pediatric and adolescent gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, endometriosis, reconstructive surgery for congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract, and gynecologic surgery. Dr. Laufer is an advisor to the Endometriosis Association and moderates our MRKH and Endometriosis chats each month. He has been recognized by numerous organizations with awards for being an excellent doctor.


Phaedra Thomas, RN, BSN

Phaedra Thomas, RN, BSN


Phaedra Thomas is a Nurse Educator, experienced project leader, and lead author and editor of our curricula and health guides. As Co-Director of the Center for Young Women’s Health, she coordinates the Children's Hospital League's Resource Center, the Youth Advisory Program, and the Peer Mentoring Program. In 2003 Phaedra received the David Weiner Award for her leadership and innovations in teen health. She is passionate about empowering teen girls and young women to understand and take the best possible care of their heath.


Amanda Kohn, BFA, Graphic & Web Designer

Amanda Kohn, BFA

Media Coordinator

Amanda Kohn is the CYWH's Media Coordinator. She works on many different projects including the CYWH and YMH websites, newsletters, print materials, and health guides, all of which help impart essential health information to our readers. Amanda feels passionately about the role creatives can play in facilitating social change and strives to make the world a better place by touching peoples hearts with design.



Brian Keller

Web Developer

Brian Keller builds new features for the CYWH and YMH websites. He is very experienced in developing educational and nonprofit websites and is devoted to using the modern web as an essential tool to help and educate people everywhere.



Adrianne Goncalves, BA

Youth Advisory Program Coordinator

Adrianne Goncalves coordinates the CYWH's Youth Advisory Program. She works closely with the youth advisors in creating programming and providing them with day to day supervision and scheduling. She is also the coordinator of Boston Children's Hospital's LEAH program (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health), which provides resources and training for healthcare providers.


Kendrin Sonneville, MS, RD, LDN

Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD, LDN


Kendrin Sonneville is a Clinical Nutritionist specializing in adolescent nutrition issues. Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, overweight, body image, polycystic ovary syndrome, media literacy, peer education, and motivational interviewing.



Judith Siegel, MSW, LICSW

Director of Social Work; Boston LEAH program

Judith Siegel is the Director of Mental Health Services in the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Program at Children’s Hospital Boston. She has many years experience with teens and adults in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, colleges, and in private practice. Ms. Siegel has co-authored and edited most of the emotional health guides on our website, has contributed to our Teen Safe curriculum, and has co-developed content for our boys' website,

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