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Stacia Birdsall, , MPH, CNM

New York University PhD
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Stacia Birdsall is a PhD candidate at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, where her research focuses on perinatal outcomes in vulnerable populations. Her dissertation will examine the relationship between allostatic load and birthweight in Hispanic/Latina women using data from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. She previously earned an AB in Anthropology from Princeton University, an MSN from Yale College of Nursing, and an MPH in Population and Family Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. A certified nurse midwife since 2006, Stacia has practiced in urban public health settings, most recently at Bellevue Hospital Center and the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City. She also worked as a midwife trainer at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, and has conducted research on midwifery practice in Japan, India, and Malawi. Her interests include social epidemiology, transcultural research and care, and the social, political, and policy factors that impact the health of women and their families.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Preventive Health
Dissertation: Examining the Relationship between Allostatic Load and Birth Weight in Hispanic/Latina Women: Findings from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos My dissertation will examine the relationship between preconception allostatic load, as a physiologic measure of chronic stress, and birth weight in Hispanic/Latina women. I will examine relationships with both low birth weight (<2,500g) and macrosomia (>4,000g), and how relationships vary between Hispanic origin groups.