Dr. Schickedanz is a research fellow and clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA whose work is focused on new ways to understand and address family economic instability as a threat to child health and a driver of related social determinants of health and social needs.
Dr. Schickedanz completed his medical training, residency, and chief residency in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He was also a staff member and Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. After completing his chief residency, he began fellowship in health services research through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Policy and Management.
Dr. Schickedanz has published peer-reviewed research on clinical communication, cultural competency, medical professionalism, health care value, and the intersections of financial stress and health. He is currently an adviser on a pilot program to screen predicted high utilizer patients at Kaiser Permanente Southern California for social needs. He also co-founded a nonprofit medical-financial partnership, The Financial Fitness Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, which has been recognized both locally and nationally for its work reducing socioeconomic drivers of poor health among families experiencing economic hardship. He currently leads a randomized trial of financial coaching as a health intervention for low-income families in South Los Angeles and an evaluation of the inter-generational impact of adverse childhood experiences on health and health care utilization.