Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Harris' practice initiatives focus on providing care for children and families that are affected by demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system in the UAB Center for Pediatric Onset Demyelinating Disease. Her prior training in adolescent medicine and her 20 years of experience at Children's of Alabama in the Special Care Unit are utilized to provide holistic care to patients and families from all the Southeastern States. She is an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts at the center.
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    2020 Real-World Effectiveness of Initial Disease-Modifying Therapies in Pediatric Multiple SclerosisAnnals of Neurology.  88:42-55. 2020
    2019 miRNA contributions to pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis inferred from GWASAnnals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.  6:1053-1061. 2019
    2019 Acquisition of Early Developmental Milestones and Need for Special Education Services in Pediatric Multiple SclerosisJournal of Child Neurology.  34:148-152. 2019
    2019 Cognitive processing speed in pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis: Baseline characteristics of impairment and prediction of decline 2019
    2018 Genetic risk factors for pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis 2018
    2018 Several household chemical exposures are associated with pediatric-onset multiple sclerosisAnnals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.  5:1513-1521. 2018
    2018 Heterogeneity in association of remote herpesvirus infections and pediatric MSAnnals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.  5:1222-1228. 2018
    2018 Urban air quality and associations with pediatric multiple sclerosisAnnals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.  5:1146-1153. 2018
    2018 Dietary factors and pediatric multiple sclerosis: A case-control study 2018
    2018 Early infectious exposures are not associated with increased risk of pediatric-onset multiple sclerosisMultiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.  22:103-107. 2018
    2018 Contribution of dietary intake to relapse rate in early paediatric multiple sclerosisJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.  89:28-33. 2018
    2017 Examining the contributions of environmental quality to pediatric multiple sclerosisMultiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.  18:164-169. 2017
    2017 Evidence for a causal relationship between low Vitamin D, high BMI, and pediatric-onset MSNeurology.  88:1623-1629. 2017
    2017 Evaluating the association of allergies with multiple sclerosis susceptibility risk and disease activity in a pediatric populationJournal of the Neurological Sciences.  375:371-375. 2017
    2017 Maternal and perinatal exposures are associated with risk for pediatric-onset multiple sclerosisPediatrics.  139. 2017
    2016 Associations between the gut microbiota and host immune markers in pediatric multiple sclerosis and controlsBMC Neurology.  16. 2016
    2016 Gut microbiota in early pediatric multiple sclerosis: a case‚ąícontrol studyEuropean Journal of Neurology.  23:1308-1321. 2016
    2016 Characteristics of children and adolescents with multiple sclerosisPediatrics.  138. 2016
    2016 Gut microbiota composition and relapse risk in pediatric MS: A pilot studyJournal of the Neurological Sciences.  363:153-157. 2016
    2016 A case-control study of dietary salt intake in pediatric-onset multiple sclerosisMultiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.  6:87-92. 2016
    2015 The U.S. network of pediatric multiple sclerosis centers: Development, progress and next stepsJournal of Child Neurology2015
    2015 The US Network of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Centers: Development, Progress, and Next StepsJournal of Child Neurology.  30:1381-1387. 2015
    2013 Decreasing patient identification band errors by standardizing processes.Hospital pediatrics.  3:108-117. 2013
    2006 An African American female with irregular menses and weight gain.Pediatric Nursing.  32:354-357. 2006

    Research Overview

  • Adolescent Medicine; pediatric onset demyelination, pediatric multiple sclerosis, coping, family adaptation, family empowerment, quality of life in chronic illness, disease management, patient empowerment; pediatric acute and chronic care
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  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2018
  • Master of Nursing in Pediatric Nurse / Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2006
  • Bachelor of Nursing in Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse, Samford University 1997
  • Full Name

  • Yolanda Wheeler