Andra Wilkinson, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health


Dr. Andra Wilkinson is a research scientist at Child Trends with more than seven years of experience in public health practice and research, who specializes in adolescent health, gender and implementation research. Dr. Wilkinson focuses her research on substance use, mental health and sexual risk behavior, as well as how gender norms influence these behaviors across development, with a focus on masculinity.

Previously with Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Wilkinson was responsible for supporting the identification, adoption and evaluation of evidence-based practices, which sparked her passion for implementation science. Dr. Wilkinson has numerous publications and presentations in these topics.

Honors and Awards

2016, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society

NIDA F31 Training Grant
2014-2016, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Innovation in Teaching Grant
2013, Association of Teachers in Maternal and Child Health

Ibrahim Fellowship
2012, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Key Publications

Growth curves of marijuana, binge drinking, and depressive symptoms, inter-relationships and moderation by sex. Wilkinson A, Halpern CT, Herring AH, Shanahan M, Hussey J, Harris KM (2016). Journal of Adolescence Health.

Directions of the relationship between substance use and depressive symptoms from adolescence to young adulthood. Wilkinson AL, Herring AH, Halpern CT (2016). Addictive Behaviors, 60(1), 64-70.

The employment environment for youth in rural South Africa: A mixed methods study. Wilkinson A, Rosenberg M, Pettifor A, Thirumurthy H, et al.  (2016). Development Southern Africa.


  • PhD, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016