PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1976
Dr. Strobino's research interests and areas in which she has extensively published include pregnancy outcomes among disadvantaged women, childhood immunization, Healthy Steps, Fetal and Infant Mortality Reviews, and the consequences of maternal depression on children’s growth and development. Dr. Strobino’s most recent research includes studies of: the social, psychosocial, and biologic risk factors for preterm birth among African American women; the relation of drug use in pregnancy with use of prenatal care and birth weight; the impact of the Healthy Steps (HS) Program for Young Children; the effect of maternal depressive symptioms on the growth of their young children; and risk factors for and policies related to childhood obesity in the US. The first two studies apply and test a sociomedical model at both the individual and neighborhood level to identify the social factors that affect preterm delivery/low birth weight and to describe the intervening (biologic and psychosocial) pathways through which the impact of social factors is mediated.
Dr. Strobino's plans for future research relate to the interface of medical complications in pregnancy with psychosocial risk factors with the long term goal of reducing preterm birth and improving prenatal care to high risk women. She is working with collaborators on research proposals which include both quantitative and qualitative research approaches to study this interface and evaluate possible interventions to reduce poor newborn and maternal outcomes for women with chronic medical conditions. She is also interested in ways of reducing the intergenerational impact of being born low birth weight on having a low birth weight offspring.
Dr. Strobino, along with Holly Grason, is the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program, a core training program in the PFRH Department. Its administrative home is the Women's and Children's Health Policy Center. She also is Director of the MCH Epidemiology Training grant available to doctoral students in PFRH and Epidemiology.
Honors and Awards
2009 Excellence in Teaching, National MCH Epidemiology Award
2006 - Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award
1995 - Recognition Award, Award Winning Abstract, National Perinatal Association
1992 - Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching
1979, 1981 - Outstanding Young Women of America
1981 - Alpha Chapter, Delta Omega Society 1981 - The World's Who's Who of Women
1971 - 1976 - Public Health Service Traineeship