Dr. Trent is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and in the Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Trent is a graduate of Yale University, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is currently the Director of Interdisciplinary Training for the Johns Hopkins Leadership in Education in Adolescent Health Training Program, Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Training Program, Director of Training for the DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities, a medical consultant for the Baltimore City Health Department School-Based Health Program, and a consultant for the Kennedy Krieger Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement programs. Dr. Trent provides primary and subspecialty consultation services to adolescents in the Harriet Lane Adolescent and Young Adult Practice and the Adolescent Medicine consultation service within the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
A major focus of Dr. Trent’s research and professional interest has been on improving adolescent and young adult reproductive health outcomes with a specific focus on fertility preservation for adolescent girls with reproductive endocrine disorders and those at risk for complications of sexually transmitted infections. Over the course of her research career, she has utilized a variety of research strategies to better understand the barriers and facilitators to both adolescent care delivery in pediatric settings and patient adherence to treatment for complicated sexually transmitted infections to design innovative approaches to care. As an example, Dr. Trent is currently the Principal Investigator of the TECH-N study, a large randomized controlled clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research designed to test a technology enhanced community health nursing intervention to improve patient adherence and reduce recurrent sexually transmitted infections amongst adolescents and young adults diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease.
Dr. Trent is the author of scientific research, editorials, book chapters, and patient-directed media materials in the field of adolescent health. She is an active member of the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine for which she serves on the board. Dr. Trent is also a member of the executive board for the Section on Adolescent Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the National Medical Association.