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Dawn Misra, Ph.D.
Professor, Full-time
Associate Chair for Research
(313) 577-8199

Dr. Misra is the Associate Chair for Research and a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. As an epidemiologist with expertise in perinatal and social epidemiology, much of her work focuses on racial and socioeconomic disparities in perinatal health with an emphasis on preterm birth. In 2008, she co-chaired the Psychosocial Factors Workgroup for the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General Conference on Preterm Birth. She is currently on the editorial board for the Journal of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.

Her research focuses on social and biomedical factors which may influence perinatal outcomes and which may explain the increased risks of infants born to poor and minority women. This includes examining the intersection between women's health prior to pregnancy and outcomes of pregnancy. 

  • Epidemiology
  • Health disparities
  • Preterm birth
  • Developmental orgins of health and disease, infection, autism, and prenatal obesity
Links of Interest

Dr. Misra has proposed a framework for perinatal health that integrates a lifespan approach with a multiple determinants model (Misra, Guyer & Allston, 2003). The lifespan perspective focuses attention toward the preconceptional and interconceptional periods as targets for intervention in improving perinatal health. The multiple determinants model distinguishes between concepts of disease, health and functioning, and well-being among both women and their offspring.

Read more about Dr. Misra's work on perinatal health.

View Dr. Misra's publications and current grants here.

Education Training

Courses Taught over the Last 2 Years

MPH Project Course

Applied Epidemiology, Course Director


  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, BA Social and Behavioral Sciences/Public Health, 1988
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, MHS, Maternal and Child Health, 1989
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York, New York, MPhil, Epidemiology, 1992
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York, New York, PhD, Epidemiology, 1993

Training and Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health & Social Medicine, City University of New York Medical School, New York, NY, 1993-1994
  • Project Director, Harlem Prevention Center, School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1994-1995
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1995-2001
  • Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2001-2008
  • Director, Reproductive and Women's Health Interdepartmental Curriculum Concentration, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 2003-2007
  • Professor (2013-present), Associate Professor (2008-2013),Tenure (2010), Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI