Maeve Wallace joined the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Scientists as a research assistant professor in the summer of 2016. She had returned to Tulane and joined the Mary Amelia Center after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Epidemiology Branch in the Division of Population Health Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. As a reproductive epidemiologist, Maeve’s research focuses on broad societal contexts and local neighborhood environments and how they impact women’s health. For example, she has published work on structural racism and the ways in which historical and contemporary policies and practices create unequal access to resources and opportunities based on race. As a result, there are large and entrenched racial disparities in maternal and child health, including preterm birth, small-for-gestational-age birth, infant and maternal mortality. She has also recently explored the impact of policies restricting access to comprehensive reproductive health care in states across the US and shown how states where women have strongest reproductive rights have healthier maternal and child health populations as a result.
Being a research assistant professor at MAC has allowed her to pursue truly transdisciplinary and translational research. She collaborates not only with faculty across all departments in the School of Public Health and other schools at Tulane but with non-academicians as well including the National Center for Health Equity, the National Birth Equity Collaborative, and the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies. This allows her to build a bridge between academic research and real-world public health, putting evidence into practice and policy. Maeve completed both her MPH and Ph.D. in Epidemiology at Tulane and has always prioritized research that is relevant to the health and well-being of women in New Orleans and the community in which she lives.