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Christine Tucker, PhD

Dr. Christine Tucker

Christine Tucker, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
  • 425 Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7445
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA
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 over a decade of quantitative and qualitative research and practice experience in MCH and Latino health working with the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Mexican National Institute of Public Health, Population Council and Research Triangle Institute. Her current research focuses on improving health care delivery for postpartum women and evaluating maternal and child health evidence-based programs in North Carolina.

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

  • Co-Investigator, Maternal and Child Health Research Program
  • Principal Investigator, NC Department of Health and Human Services, Women’s and Children’s Health Section
  • Co-Investigator, Maternal and Child Health Research Program, Care4Moms

Service Activities

2017-present  MCH Dissertation Committee

2016 - present  Member, North Carolina Perinatal Health Strategic Planning Committee

Practice Activities

“Perinatal Morbidity among Mothers of Medically Fragile Infants,” The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2018 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, Austin, TX. April 27- 30, 2018.

“Driving Time as a Structural Barrier to Quality Prenatal Care,” The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2018 Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, Austin, TX. April 27-30, 2018.

“What Farm to School Activities Are Most Popular Among Participating Districts?” The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, Cincinnati, OH, April 25-27, 2018

“Using electronic medical record data to quantify racial and ethnic differences in pain management following cesarean birth,” Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX. Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2018.

“Patterns of opiate prescribing following cesarean birth,” oral presentation, Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX. Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2018.

“Using Data, Collective Impact and Implementation Science to Improve Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health: Developing complex data systems to improve implementation of evidence-based strategies,” 2017 Fall Educational Conference, Public Health Today = A Healthy Tomorrow, Asheville, NC. September 27-29, 2017.

“Barriers to increasing access to highly effective reversible contraception: public and private health care providers’ perspectives in North Carolina,” The 2017 CityMatch MCH Leadership Conference & Healthy Start Convention: Creating Harmony Every Voice Counts, Nashville, TN. Sept. 18-20, 2017.

2017 - present RTP Evaluators, local chapter of the American Evaluation Association

Key Publications

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 (with Epidemiology minor), 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

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