Steven D. Hicks, MD, PhD

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Steven D. Hicks, MD,  PhD
Employed by Penn State Health
General Pediatrics

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Director, Pediatric Clinical Research Office

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About Me

Steven Hicks, MD, PhD, received his degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University and completed his pediatric residency with Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. His areas of special interest include obesity and nutrition, sports medicine and genetics, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders and cognitive development. Dr. Hicks holds a PhD in neuroscience, has contributed to research on fetal alcohol syndrome and autism and plans to continue various research projects in addition to seeing patients.


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Professional Education


Medical School, SUNY Upstate University, Syracuse College of Medicine - 2012


Residency, Pediatrics SUNY Upstate Medical Center-Syracuse - 2015

Research Interests

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Biologic benefits of maternal breast milk
  • Epigenetic regulation of child growth and development
  • Gene-environment interactions in child health
  • Mild traumatic brain injury

Academic Interests

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Concussion
  • Neurodevelopment


  • 2009-2012 NIH F30 Fellowship
  • 2013-2014 American Academy of Pediatrics Community Accesses to Child Health Grant
  • 2013-2014 American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Research Grant
  • 2018-2019 NIH/Penn State CTSI KL2 Scholar Award
  • 2018-2021 Gerber Foundation National Research Grant


  • 2015 Graduate Medical Education (GME) Resident Research Award, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • 2016 Pediatric Research Day Clinical Young Investigator Award, Penn State College of Medicine
  • 2016 Top Educator Award, Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
  • 2018 Distinguished Early Career Investigator Award, Penn State College of Medicine
  • 2018 Investigator to Watch Award, Penn State College of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science Institute