Our research strengths include:

  • Developing a strong evidence base to improve health policies, programs and practices for women and children, locally and globally;
  • Working in interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions for addressing health disparities among women and children;
  • Using innovative approaches, including implementation science, to support the successful implementation of proven women’s and children’s interventions at scale; and
  • Using quantitative and qualitative methods to improve the health of women, children and families in North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Primary Research Interests

Reproductive Health and Women’s Health

  • Monitoring maternal morbidity
  • Prematurity and pre-term birth
  • HIV and AIDS in developing countries
  • Contraceptive use dynamics
  • Environmental exposures related to reproductive and developmental outcomes
  • Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Tobacco use during pregnancy
  • Violence against women
  • Prevention of unintended pregnancy and STIs
  • Obesity among reproductive-aged women
  • Mother-child dyads

Infant, Child and Adolescent Health

  • Infant mortality
  • Breast feeding and complementary feeding
  • Health and safety in childcare
  • Infant and child growth and development
  • Children and adolescents with special health care needs
  • Autism and developmental disabilities
  • Birth defects monitoring
  • Childhood hunger
  • Biosocial models of adolescent development
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Child health policy and service systems
  • Access to care for vulnerable children
  • Role of migration on child health status and access to care
  • Child and adolescent injury prevention

Health Inequities and Health Economics

  • Monitoring and evaluation methods for population and health programs
  • Social services for children and families (statistical) methodology
  • Health disparities by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status
  • Neighborhood effects on health
  • Child survival, displaced populations, HIV/AIDS orphans
  • Human rights
  • Impact of globalization
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Assistant to Chair: Katie Lucey
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