Maternal and Child Health Doctoral Student Profile - Anna Austin

Anna Austin

Anna Austin

Anna Austin, MPH

Program Initiated: 2015

Primary Advisor: Meghan Shanahan, PhD

Minor: Epidemiology

Research Interests: child maltreatment, adverse childhood experiences

Dissertation Research: Examine pregnancy-related predictors of and child developmental outcomes associated with patterns of risk and protective factors among Alaska Native and non-Native children; examine pregnancy-related predictors of child abuse and neglect trajectories

Honors/Awards: Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology T32 Trainee (2017-2018), Gillings Merit Scholarship (2015-2016); APHA MCH Section Fellow (2016-2017)

Bio: Anna Austin is a second-year doctoral student in the Maternal and Child Health Department.  Prior to starting the doctoral program, Anna received an MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale School of Public Health in 2013 and worked as a Public Health Fellow for the New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers (MOMS) Partnership.  From 2013-2015, Anna was a CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow placed at the North Carolina Division of Public Health in the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch.  She received the CDC/CSTE Hillary B. Foulkes Memorial Award for outstanding work as an Applied Epidemiology Fellow.

Her research interests include child maltreatment, family and interpersonal violence, and substance use, particularly among special populations and in relation to risk and protective factors. She also is interested in systems level changes that can be effective in addressing these public health issues. Anna has presented at several state, local, and national conferences, including the American Public Health Association conference, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists conference, the Safe States Annual Meeting, and the North Carolina Public Health Association conference. She also has published in peer reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, and the North Carolina Medical Journal.  She is currently a graduate research assistant at the Injury Prevention Research Center at UNC.

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