Dr. Trent is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has joint appointments in the Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is the Director of Interdisciplinary Training for the Johns Hopkins Leadership in Education in Adolescent Health Training Program, Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program, Director of Training for the DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities, and a medical consultant for the Baltimore City Health Department School-Based Health Program. Dr. Trent provides primary and subspecialty consultation services in the Harriet Lane Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health and the Adolescent Medicine consultation service within the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
A major focus of Dr. Trent’s research and clinical interest has been on reducing health disparities and improving adolescent and young adult reproductive health outcomes. As an example, she 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 STIs amongst adolescents and young adults diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Through this work, she has already been able to demonstrate the valuable role in community health nursing to ensure care delivery after discharge, the changing biological milieu of PID among young women, the role of technology for person-based health communication outside of the medical visit, the complexity of adolescent relationships, and the emerging role of parents in facilitating management of complicated STIs. She is the principal investigator of a the Women’s BioHealth Study designed to determine the prevalence and the longitudinal clinical correlates of Mycoplasma genitalium among young women and the COUPLES study designed to test an dyadic intervention that employs transformational motivation to enhance condom use and reduce recurrent STIs among adolescent and young adult couples affected by an STI.
Dr. Trent is the author of scientific research articles, editorials, book chapters, and patient-directed media materials in the field of adolescent and young adult health. Her work moves from the bedside to research arena and translates back to patient care. As such, her work can also be found in places where the research outputs can reach the young people who need them. Dr. Trent has been recognized for her work by medical associations and the lay press. She is an active member of the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine for which she serves on the Nominations Committee and has directed the Research Mentoring Forum for over a decade. She is also the Chair of the Section on Adolescent Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Vice Chair for the board of directors for the American Sexual Health Association, and a scientific advisor for the Trojan Sexual Health Advisory Council.
Raised in small rural community in North Carolina, Dr. Trent is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Yale University, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency training at Children’s National Medical Center and Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.