Aletha Akers, MD is an adolescent gynecologist, medical director of Adolescent Gynecology Consultative Services and a faculty member at PolicyLab for the Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Akers is an expert in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She provides clinical care to children, adolescents, and young women with complex gynecologic care needs. She has expertise in providing routine, preventive care and addressing the contraception needs of adolescents with medical problems and those at risk of unplanned pregnancy. Dr. Akers also has experience developing and evaluating public health programs and health services interventions to improve adolescent and young adult health in both academic and community settings. Her research focuses on improving adolescent development and reproductive health outcomes among adolescent women. She works to increase adolescents’ access to high quality reproductive health services by empowering parents with effective communication strategies. Dr. Akers is widely published in the fields of medicine, public health, and the social sciences. She is the proud mother of two tween daughters. She spearheads ParentsAreTalking.com, a website that provides resources parents can use to guide conversations with their teens about healthy sexual development.