Dr. Stephanie Engel

Stephanie M. Engel, PhD

Department of Epidemiology
2104C McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Engel’s research considers the impact of environmental exposures and innate susceptibility factors on adverse pregnancy outcomes and neurodevelopmental impairment in children. She has led multiple national and international studies of maternal and child epi/genetic variability in relation to prematurity, growth restriction, preeclampsia and gestational hypertension, in addition to studies of prenatal and early life exposure to toxicants in relation to child growth and neurodevelopment. 

Dr. Engel is Director of the UNC Center for Early Life Exposures and Neurotoxicity (UNC CLEAN), Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS), and Co-Director of the NIEHS-funded T32 “Biostatistics for Environmental Health Research”.

Dr. Engel is the lead instructor of “Biomarkers in Population-Based Research” (EPID 742) and “Advanced Methods in Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology" (EPID 853).

Stephanie Engel in the Gillings News

Honors and Awards

Editor's Choice in AJE "Neonatal genome-wide methylation patterns in relation to birthweight in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort"
2014, UNC-CH

EHP paper of the year "Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase 1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood"
2012, UNC-CH

Representative Courses

EPID 742 “Biomarkers in Population-Based Research”

EPID 853 “Introduction to Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology”

Key Publications

Prenatal Phthalate Exposures and Body Mass Index Among 4- to 7-Year-old Children: A Pooled Analysis. J Buckley, S Engel, J Braun, R Whyatt, J Daniels, M Mendez, D Richardson, Y Xu, A Calafat, M Wolff, B Lanphear, A Herring, A Rundle (2016). Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.), 27(3), 449-458.

Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphorous Pesticides and Fetal Growth: Pooled Results from Four Longitudinal Birth Cohort Studies. K Harley, S Engel, M Vedar, B Eskenazi, R Whyatt, B Lanphear, A Bradman, V Rauh, K Yolton, R Hornung, J Wetmur, J Chen, N Holland, D Barr, F Perera, M Wolff (2015). Environmental health perspectives.

Validity of pre-eclampsia registration in the medical birth registry of Norway for women participating in the norwegian mother and child cohort study, 1999-2010. K Klungsøyr, Q Harmon, L Skard, I Simonsen, E Austvoll, E Alsaker, A Starling, L Trogstad, P Magnus, S Engel (2014). Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 28(5), 362-371.

Neonatal genome-wide methylation patterns in relation to birth weight in the norwegian mother and child cohort. S Engel, B Joubert, M Wu, A Olshan, S Håberg, P Ueland, W Nystad, R Nilsen, S Vollset, S Peddada, S London (2014). American Journal of Epidemiology, 179(7), 834-842.


  • BA, Psychology, University of California at San Diego, 1997
  • BS, Animal Physiology and Neuroscience, University of California at San Diego, 1997
  • MSPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2000
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2003