Promoting MCH research is a crucial component of Tulane CEMCH. Creating supportive linkages between faculty and students fosters a greater understanding of research techniques and awareness of national research priorities in future public health professionals. Our diverse body of student and faculty provide a stimulating and innovative environment for MCH research.


Faculty Research Interests        


MCH Core Faculty

Alessandra Bazzano, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Expertise: Maternal and child health, nutrition, reproductive and sexual health, qualitative methods
Research: Maternal and child health in low income countries with special emphasis on behavioral and social aspects of maternal and newborn care in the community setting and care seeking for illness, community based nutrition, women's reproductive and sexual health and access to care

Gretchen Clum, PhD, MS
Associate Professor
Expertise: Violence and traumatic stress, adolescent and women's health, mental health, HIV prevention, nutrition and physical activity
Research: Relationships among stress and health outcomes in women, adolescent health, risk behaviors, PTSD, HIV prevention

Mark Dal Corso, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Expertise: Pediatrics, preventive medicine, international child health
Research: Child health, immigrant health, community health worker training, Faith-based community health, general preventive medicine & public health practice, cultural competence

Francoise Grossmann, RN, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Expertise: Women's health, obstetrics, asynchronous Internet learning
Research: Preconception education, international women's health, health across the lifespan

Carolyn Johnson, PhD
Expertise: Psychology, behavioral science, theory, chronic disease risk, health promotion
Research: School health, tobacco and alcohol, teen pregnancy, physical activity, nutrition, stress, women's health

Aubrey Spriggs Madkour, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Expertise: Adolescent health, social epidemiology, demography
Research: Adolescent health and development, partner violence, social and contextual determinants of health outcomes, social theory, sexual and reproductive health, demography and population health

Richard Oberhelman, MD
Professor and Department Chair
Expertise: Pediatrics, infectious disease, childhood diarrhea
Research: Probiotic strategies for treatment and control of pediatric diarrhea in developing countries, pediatric tuberculosis in developing countries

Katherine Theall, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Expertise: Social epidemiology, women's reproductive health, research methods in social and behavioral sciences
Research Interests: Women and children’s health, community and social network influences on health outcomes, race and gender inequities, substance use and mental health, social epidemiologic theory and methods



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