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Donna Strobino, PhD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4650
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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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


  • Population, 
  • Family, and 
  • Reproductive 
  • Health
  • perinatal and infant mortality and morbidity
  • demography
  • health programs and policies for women and children
  • women's health
  • maternal depression
  • disadvantaged women
  • racial disparities in health
  • Howard DL, Strobino D, Sherman SG, Crum RM. Maternal Incarceration During Pregnancy and Infant Birthweight. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20422272.

  • Li N, Strobino D, Ahmed S, Minkovitz CS. Is There a Healthy Foreign Born Effect for Childhood Obesity in the United States? Matern Child Health J. 2010 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20229329.

  • Ehrenthal DB, Jiang X, Strobino DM. Labor induction and the risk of a cesarean delivery among nulliparous women at term. Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jul;116(1):35-42. PubMed PMID: 20567165.

  • Yamazaki M, Strobino D, Ellen J. Concordance in Perceived Partner Types and Unprotected Sex among Couples of Adolescents and Young Adults: Analysis of reciprocally nominated heterosexual dyads. Sex Transm Infect. 2009 Nov 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 19880973.

  • Howard, DL, Strobino, D, Sherman, S, Crum, R  Timing of incarceration during pregnancy and birth outcomes: Exploring racial differences. Matern Child Health J. 2009 Jul;13(4):457-66. Epub 2008 Jun 17. PubMed PMID: 18561009.