Anna Austin, PhD
Anna Austin, PhD
Dr. Austin is an assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health and Core Faculty at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. She is trained in epidemiology and maternal and child health with a research focus on injury and violence prevention among children and families. Her current research centers on the primary prevention of adverse childhood experiences, specifically child abuse and neglect; substance use among pregnant and parenting people; and population-level strategies, including those that address material hardships, to prevent injuries and violence and promote child and family wellbeing. She has experience and interest in applying advanced statistical methods, linking existing survey and administrative data sources, and partnering with state and local agencies to advance the maternal and child health research and practice agenda.
Dr. Austin has partnered with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, Women's and Children's Health Section, and State Center for Health Statistics at the North Carolina Division of Public Health as well as the North Carolina Division of Health Benefits and the Wake County Division of Child Welfare on research and practice related to child abuse and neglect and substance use disorders.
Anna Austin in the Gillings news
- Research finds reduced prenatal, postpartum care among states with punitive prenatal substance use policies
- Prenatal substance use linked to inadequate prenatal, perinatal care
- Multiple-drug involvement in overdose deaths has risen in NC
- NC Medicaid review suggests many infants with prenatal opioid exposure are born to those receiving treatment
- Housing stress linked with higher rates of child maltreatment
Honors and AwardsEquity in North Carolina’s COVID-19 Response Grant
2020, North Carolina Scholars Strategy NetworkDelta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
2019, Gillings School of Global Public HealthDissertation Completion Fellowship
2018-2019, UNC Graduate SchoolMaternal and Child Health Section Outstanding Student Author
2018, American Public Health AssociationReproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology T32 trainee
2017-2018, Gillings School of Global Public Health
MHCH 740: Independent Study, Maternal Substance Use and Healthcare Utilization, Spring 2021
EPID/HBEH/MHCH 626: Violence as a Public Health Issue, Spring 2022
Principal Investigator, CDC R01, Examining State SNAP Policies as a Primary Prevention Strategy for Early Life Exposure to Violence and Other Adverse Childhood Experiences
Principal Investigator, CDC/APHA National Violent Death Reporting System New Investigator Award, Association of Medicaid Expansion with Suicide Rates among Nonelderly US Adults
Co-Investigator, NIDA R01, Examining the Quality of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in a Medicaid Research Network
Department of Maternal and Child Health Doctoral Committee (2020-present)
Department of Maternal and Child Health Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Curriculum Workgroup (2020-present)
Safe Kids North Carolina Advisory Board (2019-present)
Editorial Board for the Journal of Family Violence (2019-present)
Austin AE, Massengale ME. Diaper need and period poverty are among the hidden and destructive impacts of the COVID-19 recession. Available from http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2020/09/08/pandemic-driven-shame-and-suffering/
Rowland C, Austin AE. Hair Testing in Children: Takeaways from the Literature. 2021. Prepared for the North Carolina Child Medical Evaluation Program and North Carolina Division of Social Services.
Austin AE. North Carolina Plan of Safe Care Quality Improvement Project in Wake County, North Carolina. 2019. Prepared for the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch and Women’s and Children’s Health Section.
Association of state child abuse policies and mandated reporting policies with prenatal and postpartum care among pregnant women with substance use. Austin AE, Naumann RB, Simmons E. (2022). JAMA Pediatrics.
Maternal use of medications for opioid use disorder and prescription opioids in cases of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome: North Carolina Medicaid, 2016-2018. Austin AE, Di Bona V, Cox ME, Proescholdbell S, Fliss MD, Naumann RB (2021). American Journal of Public Health.
Association of Medicaid expansion with suicide deaths among nonelderly adults. Austin AE, Naumann RB, Short NA (2021). American Journal of Epidemiology.
Screening for traumatic experiences in healthcare settings: A personal perspective from a trauma survivor. Austin AE (2021). JAMA Internal Medicine.
Improvements in treatment with medications for opioid use disorder in Medicaid: Evidence from 11 states from 2014-2018. The MODRN Investigators JAMA.
Sexual violence, prescription opioid use and misuse, and the mediating role of depression and anxiety. Austin AE, Short NA (2020). American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Estimation of met diaper need among low-income children under four years of age in the United States, 2016. Massengale KEC, Comer L, Austin AE, Goldblum JS (2020). American Journal of Public Health.
Screening children for social determinants of health: A systematic review. Sokol RL, Austin AE, Chandler C, Byrum E, Bosquette J, Lancaster C, Doss G, Dotson A, Urbaeva V, Singichetti B. Brevard K, Wright S, Lanier P, Shanahan ME. (2019). Pediatrics.
Directed acyclic graphs: An under-utilized tool for child maltreatment research. . Austin AE, Desrosiers TD, Shanahan ME (2019). Child Abuse & Neglect.
Using time-to-event analysis to identify preconception and prenatal predictors of child protective services contact. Austin AE, Parrish JW⸹, Shanahan ME (2018). Child Abuse & Neglect.
PhD, Maternal and Child Health, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2019
MPH, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale University School of Public Health, 2013
BS, BA, Statistics, Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2011