Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH is a UW assistant professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Childrens Hospital and the University of Washington School of Medicine. She earned her MD from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She completed residency, Adolescent Medicine training at Seattle Childrens and the University of Washington.
Dr. Ahrens clinical and research interests are in promoting positive physical and mental health outcomes in at-risk youth. Some of her past research has focused on the influence of adult mentors on the adult outcomes of youth in foster care and youth with learning disabilities. She is currently conducting a series of NIH-sponsored research studies focused on developing an intervention program to reduce risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV among adolescents in the foster system.