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 increase the evidence-base of the program. He helps lead the evaluation team in all phases of the research process, from conceptualization to implementation and to dissemination. In addition, he helps manage the work of both internal evaluation staff and external evaluation partners.
He has over 13 years of clinical and research experience in 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. Brandon has 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 medical journals.