Kirsten Bechtel, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and of Emergency Medicine
Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Bechtel is a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Bechtel is Medical Director, Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program; Chairperson, Yale Traffic Safety Subcommittee; Co-Chairperson, State of Connecticut Child Fatality Review Panel; and Co-Principal Investigator, Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers Medical School; completed her pediatric residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and completed her fellowship training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Bechtel’s academic career has focused on the social welfare and medical well-being of children. Her clinical research focuses on the evaluation of children with head trauma, the prevention of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), the evaluation of children and adolescents after acute sexual assault, the evaluation of children with traumatic injuries, such as abdominal trauma, and the prevention of interpersonal violence and prevention of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in children and adolescents with injuries.