About the Study

Gestation is one of the most critical periods of development where maternal social experiences and aspects of the environment may influence child health for years to come.  This interdisciplinary study aims to identify biologic and epigenetic mechanisms that may help explain how psychological factors and environmental toxicants in the prenatal period may jointly be shaping disparities in infant outcomes.  Our study team blends expertise in epidemiology, obstetrics, psychology, environmental health, and epigenetics to advance the science of health disparities and identify novel risk and resiliency factors among disadvantaged populations.