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Whitney Witt
Whitney P. Witt, PhD, MPH

Director of Research in Maternal and Child Health Research

Dr. Witt is a health services and population health researcher with nearly 20 years of experience in designing and carrying out studies of the health of women, children, and families. Dr. Witt’s research emphasizes social, behavioral, and psychological factors that have foremost importance for human development and disparities in health and healthcare among women, children, and families. She applies a life course approach to her research, investigating early life exposures, their long-term effects on health, and how family relationships affect health.

Dr. Witt’s research program has had major impact on the field of population health, exemplified by her federal grant funding, publications, and national leadership. She has served as the Principal Investigator on projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Her contributions are also documented in over 40 peer-reviewed publications. In addition, Dr. Witt developed and led a research group, The Life Course Epidemiology and Family Health Lab, a forum for research, presentations and discussion in the field of maternal, child and family health.

Education:

Dr. Witt holds a PhD in health services research and a MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in women's studies and law from Hampshire College. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Pediatric Health Services Research Program at the Harvard Medical School, MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Areas of expertise:
  • Child health and mental health
  • Maternal health and mental health
  • Family health and well being
  • Health care and policy for women, children and families
Journal Articles

Determinants of Cesarean Delivery in the U.S.: A Lifecourse Approach
Witt, WP, Wisk, LE, Cheng, ER, Mandell, K, Chatterjee, D, Wakeel, F, Godecker, AL, and Zarak, D.  Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2014. [In press].

Preterm birth in the United States: the impact of stressful life events prior to conception and maternal age
Whitney P. Witt, Erika R. Cheng, Lauren E. Wisk, Kristin Litzelman, Debanjana Chatterjee, Kara Mandell, and Fathima Wakeel
February 2014, Vol. 104, No. S1, pp. S73-S80. doi: 10.2105/AJPH, American Journal of Public Health

Maternal stressful life events prior to conception and the impact on infant birth weight in the United States 
Whitney P. Witt, Erika R. Cheng, Lauren E. Wisk, Kristin Litzelman, Debanjana Chatterjee, Kara Mandell, and Fathima Wakeel
2014, Vol. 104, No. S1, pp. S81-S89. doi: 10.2105/AJPH, American Journal of Public Health: February

Disparities in human papillomavirus vaccine awareness among U.S. parents of preadolescents and adolescents 
Witt, Whitney P. PhD, MPH; Wisk, Lauren E. PhD; Allchin, Adelyn BA;  February, 2014, Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Journal of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association

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