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Dr. Treadwell is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a degree in clinical child psychology. She has spent her professional career at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, specializing in helping children and families cope with the stress of living with medical conditions and treatments. Early in her career she met young adults with sickle cell disease, who impressed her with their resiliency in the face of excruciating painful episodes, repeated hospitalizations, and potentially shortened lifespans. Dr. Treadwell eventually devoted her career to clinical care, research and community advocacy for individuals with sickle cell disease and their families. She is the Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute funded Sickle Cell Care Coordination Initiative in northern California, that brings together adolescents and adults with sickle cell disease, healthcare providers, policymakers and researchers, to address the longstanding and pervasive health disparities that characterize sickle cell disease care throughout the U.S. Dr. Treadwell is also Regional Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration funded Pacific Sickle Cell Regional Collaborative, a consortium across 13 western states that seeks to improve access to knowledgeable care for individuals with sickle cell disease of all ages. Dr. Treadwell is Adjunct Professor in the UCSF School of Medicine and Jordan Fund Endowed Chair at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She is recognized for her research that integrates physical, behavioral and psychological processes and has participated in and led numerous research projects, in the U.S., the U.K., Brazil and across the African continent. Dr. Treadwell’s goal is to engage multiple sectors of the community to improve the quality of life and quality of care for sickle cell disease. In addition, she mentors high school students through junior faculty, to support their success and to ensure that they recognize the importance of keeping issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the forefront of their clinical and scientific practice.

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