Dr. Christine Tucker

Christine Tucker, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
425 Rosenau Hall
CB #7445
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Tucker is an assistant professor of maternal and child health (MCH). She won the Teaching Innovation Award in 2015 and 2016 for MHCH 713 "Research Methods in Maternal and Child Health". Her students describe her as "welcoming, clear, engaged, curious and helpful".

Dr. Tucker is passionate about conducting research on women's reproductive health, especially with the Latina community. She has two decades of quantitative and qualitative research and practice experience in MCH and Latinx health. Her research focuses on improving maternal health care delivery for birthing people and postpartum women and evaluating maternal and child health evidence-based programs in North Carolina. Christine serves as the Evaluator for the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center (https://maternalhealthlearning.org/) and the Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health initiative. 

Christine Tucker in the Gillings News

Honors and Awards

Impact Award, Graduate Education Advancement Board
2016, UNC at Chapel Hill

Teaching Innovation Award, Maternal and Child Health Department
2016, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Teaching Innovation Award
2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Maternal and Child Health

Delta Omega Theta Chapter, Honorary Public Health Society
2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Representative Courses

MHCH 713 Research Methods in Maternal and Child Health | Syllabus

Research Activities

  • Principal Investigator and Evaluator, Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services, Women’s and Children’s Health Section
  • Co-Investigator, Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center, HRSA Maternal & Child Health Bureau

Service Activities

2020 - present Co-lead, MCH Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training Workgroup

Practice Activities

2016 - present Member, North Carolina Perinatal Health Equity Collective, Data Workgroup

2018, Member, NC Department of Health and Human Services Low Birth Weight Measure Workgroup

Rakiah Anderson, Deitre Epps, Zachary Epps, Alexandria Redmond, Christine Tucker. MTAP Lived Experience Advisory Group Report. Prepared for Maternal and Child Health Bureau, July 2021. View Publication

Key Publications

Centering Equity and Developing the Maternal Health Workforce: Building the National Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center. Julia Reddy*, Amy Mullenix, Abby C. Cannon, Deitre Epps, & Christine Tucker. (2022). Maternal and Child Health Journal.

“Postpartum health experiences of mothers with newborns in intensive care (NICU): the desire to be by the baby bedside as a driver of postpartum health”. Renée M. Ferrari, Erin McClain, Christine Tucker, Nkechi Charles*, Sarah Verbiest, Ginny Lewis, Katherine Bryant, Alison M. Stuebe. (2022). Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health.

Using a Collective Impact Framework to Implement Evidence-based Strategies for Improving Maternal and Child Health Outcomes”. Kay Schaffer*, Dorothy Cilenti, Diana M. Urlaub, Cathy Henderson, Erin Magee, Christine Tucker. (2021). Health Promotion Practice.
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A Systematic Review of Patient-, Provider-, and Health System-Level Predictors of Postpartum Health Care Use by People of Color and Low-Income and/or Uninsured Populations in the United States. Kathryn Wouk, Isabel Morgan*, Jasmine Johnson, Christine Tucker, Rebecca Carlson, Diane C Berry, Alison M Stuebe. (2020). Journal of Women's Health, Nov 10.
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Spanish-Speaking Parents’ Experiences Accessing Academic Medical Center Care: Barriers, Facilitators and Technology Use. Kori B. Flower, Samuel Wurzelmann, Christine Tucker, Claudia Rojas, Maria E. Díaz-González de Ferris, Francisco Sylvester (2020). Academic Pediatrics, Oct 20.
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Health Needs of Mothers of Infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Mixed- Methods Study. Sarah Verbiest, Renée Ferrari, Christine Tucker, Erin K. McClain, Nkechi Charles*, Alison M. Stuebe. (2020). Annals of Internal Medicine, 173(11), S37-S44.
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Preterm birth and receipt of postpartum contraception among women with Medicaid in North Carolina. Christine Tucker, Kate Berrien, Kate Menard, Amy Herring, Diane Rowley, and Carolyn Tucker Halpern.  (2020). Maternal and Child Health Journal, 24(5), 640-650.

Leveraging an Academic-Practice Partnership to Improve Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in North Carolina. Isabel Morgan*, Christine Tucker, Diana Urlaub, Tara Owens Shuler, Dorothy Cilenti. (2020). North Carolina Medical Journal, 81(1), 5-13.

Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Postpartum Pain Evaluation and Management. Jasmine Johnson, Ifeyinwa Asiodu, Christine P. McKenzie, Christine Tucker, Kirstin P. Tully, Katherine Bryant, Sarah Verbiest, and Alison M. Stuebe.  (2019). Obstetrics & Gynecology, 134(6), 1-9.

The association between travel time and prenatal care attendance. Lauren Maldonado*, Kimberly Fryer, Christine Tucker, Alison M. Stuebe. (2019). The American Journal of Perinatology.

Positive emotions during infant feeding and breastfeeding outcomes. Kathryn Wouk*, Christine Tucker, Brian W. Pence, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Bharathi Zvara, Karen Grewen, Alison M. Stuebe (2019). Journal of Human Lactation., 28(2), 194-202.

Positive emotions during infant feeding and postpartum mental health. Wouk K, Gottfredson NC, Tucker C, Pence BW, Meltzer-Brody S, Zvara B, Grewen K, Stuebe AM. (2018). Journal of Women's Health, Oct 10.
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Predicting preterm birth among participants of North Carolina’s Pregnancy Medical Home Program. Tucker C, Berrien K, Menard K, Herring A, Daniels J, Rowley D, Halpern CT. (2015). Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(11), 2438-562.


  • PhD, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
  • MPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of California at Berkeley, 2006
  • BS, Neuroscience (with Spanish minor), Trinity College, 2000