National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
Iris Litt, M.D.
Research Interests: Behavioral Medicine, Career Development, Program Evaluation, Women Health, Eating Disorders, Prison Health
Dr. Iris Litt, M.D., has most recently served as the interim director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS). She has also recently retired from the faculty of the School of Medicine at Stanford University. During her first year on the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Litt founded the Division of Adolescent Medicine, leading it until 2003. And since its establishment in 2002, she had served as national director of the Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholars. In 1990, she accepted an appointment as director of Stanford University’s Institute of Research on Women and Gender (now known as the Clayman Institute for Gender Research), a position she held for seven years, concurrent with her responsibilities in the School of Medicine. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Litt has focused her research on health problems of adolescents, focusing most recently on eating disorders and their impact on pubertal development; her work in prisons led to the development of health care delivery standards to juvenile detainees and prisoners. Widely recognized by her peers as one of the founders of the field of adolescent medicine, she is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, a charter member and president of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and for 14 years, editor-in-chief of its Journal of Adolescent Health. She is the first woman and first physician to serve as the Center’s director in its nearly 60-year history. On November 14, 2013, Dr. Litt was honored by The Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Stanford Center for Health Research on Women & Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) as a trailblazer for gender in medical research - See more at: http://gender.stanford.edu/news/2014/dr-iris-litt-pioneer-gender-and-medical-research-honored-clayman-institute#.dpuf.