Dr. Aylward is the Director of Research and Evaluation of HealthySteps.
Dr. Aylward is the Director of Research and Evaluation of HealthySteps. In this role, Brandon manages the day-to-day research and evaluation efforts of the HealthySteps National Office as it aims to scale and expand the evidence-base of HealthySteps. He helps lead the evaluation team in all phases of the research process, from conceptualization to implementation and to dissemination, and also provides expertise on continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts both internally and externally. In partnership with external evaluation partners, he is currently leading a multi-state study with three organizations currently offering HealthySteps to expand the evidence-base in six key priority outcome areas while enhancing the capacity of these sites to collect, capture, and report data for program improvement activities. In addition, Dr. Aylward is heavily involved in the agile development and go-to-market strategy of a client-level data solution to track screening assessments, services, and referrals for infants and young children that are part of HealthySteps.
He has over 14 years of clinical and research experience in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. He received his doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology and a minor in Quantitative Research from the University of Kansas. He then completed his predoctoral residency program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, followed by dual fellowships as a T32 postdoctoral fellow in Child Behavior and Nutrition and the Quality Scholars Program for Healthcare Transformation. Prior to HealthySteps, Brandon served in research director roles with several companies and most recently was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with Emory School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. There, he worked directly with Sibley Heart Center Cardiology doing clinical research and developing innovative programs for infants and toddlers with congenital heart disease and their families to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes.
Dr. Aylward has received numerous awards for his work in clinical pediatric research and his innovative work in improving pediatric care has been featured in numerous outlets, including the U.S. News and World Report. Brandon has served as the statistical editor for the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric for eight years, has sat on the editorial board of other pediatric journals, and continues to serve as an ad-hoc reviewer for other highly-reputable pediatric medical journals.