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I'm doctor Karen Kay Imagawa, and I'm working at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. I am currently director of developmental behavioral pediatrics program at Children's Hospital. Which is a unique sub-specialty as part of pediatrics. In which we look at the whole child in a holistic manner. Looking at the strengths and the challenges and a family contacts and in a very biopsychosocial arena. And, we'll address the issues such as sleep problems and behavior problems, and those typical developing behaviors, that might be frustrating for families. As well as looking at other things like attention deficit disorder, sort of hyperactivity, autism spectrum disorder and realm of other neural developmental disorders. I'm also the director of the Audrey Hepburn Care Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, which is a multifaceted, multidisciplinary child protection Center. Which involves education, research, training, prevention and the whole milieu of everything having to do with the child abuse and neglect. I actually am married and have a wonderful husband. So I'm all for the married thing. And lots of nieces and nephews that we absolutely adore. We try to take them where we can. And we wish we could spend more time with them. And just for my hobbies, what I really enjoy, is actually college sports. Not so much professional sports. But college sports. And I will have to say that, while I'm very, very proud of my academic appointment at the University of Southern California, I'm actually true blue UCLA Bruin at heart. So, Go Bruins!
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Director of the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Karen Kay Imagawa, MD: Director, Audrey Hepburn CARES Center, Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program, Division of General Pediatrics; Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Karen Kay Imagawa, MD, is also the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine and is a full-time attending within the Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She received her medical degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is board certified in General Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, and Child Abuse Pediatrics.  Dr. Imagawa has made significant contributions to program development at CHLA: She is currently the Director of the Joint General Pediatrics – USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program ,expanding the program to its current position with the largest number of board-certified developmental-behavioral pediatricians (7) in a Southern California program, and was integral in establishing the ACGME accredited Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship program at CHLA . Dr. Imagawa is also one of the founders and the Director of the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center at CHLA, a multifaceted interdisciplinary child protection center involving evaluation, treatment, prevention, education and research in the field of child maltreatment.  Dr. Imagawa is a court appointed expert (730 paneled expert in both Criminal and Dependency Court) in the field of child abuse, and was actively involved in the development of the Foster Care Hub at CHLA, one of seven designated Hubs in Los Angeles County that were initially established to provide forensic, medical, and mental health screenings for newly detained children entering the foster care system.  She previously served on the advisory group for The California Medical Training Centers formulating standardized training in child abuse, and collaborated on a task force to develop standards at the state level for mental health care for child victims of trauma. She is a medical consultant for the Inter-agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN – the official county agency which coordinates the development of services for the prevention, identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect), having participated in various medical task forces establishing protocols and best practice standards for the evaluation and treatment of suspected victims of child abuse, included those with developmental disabilities. Dr. Imagawa’s strength as a clinical educator is also seen in her dedication to education and training. She has been invited to participate in numerous speaking engagements, as well as requests from the media and entertainment industry, involving a variety of topics in the fields of child abuse and/or developmental-behavioral pediatrics. 

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