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May Lau, M.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern and serves as the Medical Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult clinic at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

A board-certified adolescent medicine specialist, Dr. Lau joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2008. She specializes in adolescent female and male sexual and reproductive health and provides care for problems such as menstrual disorders, including polycystic ovarian syndrome, dysmenorrhea, breast masses, sexually transmitted infection education and treatment, and contraception education and provision. Dr. Lau is also involved in providing care in the Young Women’s Blood Disorders clinic, a specialized clinic for adolescent females with menstrual and hematological issues.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. She co-chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Texas Pediatric Society Committee on Adolescent and Sports Medicine and served as President of the Texas Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. She is a consultant to the Texas Medical Association Committee on Child and Adolescent Health. She has been elected to the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adolescent Medicine Executive Committee.

Dr. Lau’s goal is to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, through clinical work and research. She has spoken on numerous adolescent medicine topics including care of youth with gender dysphoria, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, contraception, and substance use disorders at national and regional meetings. Her research on racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent health, adolescent pregnancy, and receipt of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and youth with gender dysphoria has been presented at national meetings and her work has appeared in the Journal of Adolescent Research, American Journal of Men’s Health, Vaccine, Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and Maternal and Child Health Journal.


Medical School
Albany Medical College (1998)
Albany Medical Center Hospital (1999), Pediatrics
Albany Medical Center Hospital (2001), Pediatrics
Texas Children's Hospital (2004), Adolescent Medicine
Graduate School
UT Health Science Center at Houston (2004)

Research Interest

  • Adolescent pregnancy prevention
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent health
  • Sexual and reproductive health of adolescents
  • Youth with gender dysphoria


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Sexual Dating Violence among Asian American Adolescents
Lau M, Nguyen S, Markham C Journal of Adolescent Health 2018 2 62 S60
If You Do Not Ask, They Will Not Tell: Evaluating Pregnancy Risk in Young Women in Pediatric Hospitals.
Coles MS, Lau M, Akers AY J Adolesc Health 2016 Mar 58 3 251-2
Developing a multidisciplinary Young Women's Blood Disorders Program: a single-centre approach with guidance for other centres.
Zia A, Lau M, Journeycake J, Sarode R, Marshall J, De Simone N, Wilson E, Winborn A, Kouides P Haemophilia 2016 Jan
SOARS Model: Risk assessment of nonsuicidal self-injury
Westers NJ, Muehlenkamp JJ, Lau M. Contemporary Pediatrics 2016 33 7 25-31
Clusters of Factors Identify A High Prevalence of Pregnancy Involvement Among US Adolescent Males.
Lau M, Lin H, Flores G Matern Child Health J 2015 Feb
A Novel Behavioral Intervention in Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Improves Glycemic Control: Preliminary Results From a Pilot Randomized Control Trial.
Maranda L, Lau M, Stewart SM, Gupta OT Diabetes Educ 2015 Jan
Factors Associated With Being Pleased With a Female Partner Pregnancy Among Sexually Active U.S. Adolescent Males.
Lau M, Lin H, Flores G Am J Mens Health 2015 Jan
Pleased to be Pregnant? Positive Pregnancy Attitudes among Sexually Active Adolescent Females in the United States.
Lau M, Lin H, Flores G J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2014 Mar
Clusters of markers identify high and low prevalence of adolescent pregnancy in the US.
Lau M, Lin H, Flores G J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2013 Feb 26 1 40-6
Racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care among U.S. adolescents.
Lau M, Lin H, Flores G Health Serv Res 2012 Oct 47 5 2031-59

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • Early Career Women's Faculty Professional Development Seminar
    Association of American Medical Colleges (2013)
  • Mentor, Research Award for Best Abstract by Student
    Academic Pediatric Association (2012)
  • Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas
    D Magazine (2011-2018)
  • University of Texas School of Public Health
    Student Research Award (2004)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    Resident Scholarship (1999-2000)
  • Winthrop University Hospital
    Scholarship for Medicine (1988)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Pediatric Society of Dallas (2014)
  • Texas Pediatric Society (2009)
  • Texas Medical Society (2008)
  • Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine (2003)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (1998)
  • Greater Dallas Pediatric Association