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Claire Margerison-Zilko, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Michigan State University
909 Fee Road Room B601

Claire Margerison-Zilko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Margerison-Zilko’s research examines the relationships between macro- and individual-level social and economic factors and maternal, infant, and child health. Her work focuses on understanding the determinants of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in perinatal and early life health, drawing on theory and methodology from across disciplines including epidemiology, demography, sociology, and economics. Dr. Margerison-Zilko has a PhD in Epidemiology an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

In recent work, Dr. Margerison-Zilko has examined the impact of economic downturn on maternal behaviors during pregnancy and birth outcomes. Another area of research examines the relationship between residential environments and birth outcomes, including 1) an examination of the relations between neighborhood socioeconomic histories—such as trajectories of deterioration or gentrification—and maternal health and preterm birth and 2) an investigation of how minority political empowerment in racially segregated areas may buffer the negative impacts of segregation on birth outcomes. Dr. Margerison-Zilko is also interested in examining the early life social and biological predictors of maternal pregnancy health, with a focus on understanding how disparities in early life may translate to disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes.

Selected Publications

Margerison Zilko CE, Rehkopf D, Abrams B. 2010. Associations of gestational weight gain with short- and long-term maternal and child health outcomes. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 202(6):574.

Margerison Zilko CE. 2010. Economic contractions and birth outcomes: An integrative review. Human Reproduction Update. 16(4):445-58.

Catalano R, Goldman-Mellor S, Saxton K, Margerison-Zilko C, Subbaraman M, LeWinn K, Anderson E. 2011. The Health Effects of Economic Decline. Annual Review of Public Health. 32:431-50.

Bruckner T, Margerison-Zilko CE, Brown R. 2011. Positive income shocks and accidental death among Cherokee Indians: A natural experiment. International Journal of Epidemiology. 40(4):1083-90.

Margerison-Zilko CE, Hubbard A, Catalano RA, Ahern J. 2011. Maternal exposure to unexpected economic contraction and birth weight for gestational age. Epidemiology. 22(6):855-8.

Margerison Zilko CE, Shrimali BP, Eskenazi B, Lahiff M, Lindquist AR, Abrams BF. 2012. Trimester of maternal gestational weight gain and offspring body weight at birth and age five. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 16:1215–1223.

Catalano RA, Margerison-Zilko CE, Goldman-Mellor S, Pearl M, Anderson E, Saxton K, Bruckner T, Subbaraman M, Goodman J, Epstein M, Currier R, Kharrazi M. 2012. Natural Selection in Utero Induced by Mass Layoffs: The hCG Evidence. Evolutionary Applications. 5(8):796-805.

Margerison-Zilko CE., Cubbin C. 2012. Socioeconomic disparities in tobacco-related health outcomes across race/ethnic groups in the United States: National Health Interview Survey 2010. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 6:1161-5.

Ahern J, Margerison-Zilko CE, Hubbard A, Galea S. 2013. Alcohol outlets and binge drinking in urban neighborhoods: the implications of non-linearity for intervention and policy. American Journal of Public Health. 103(4):e81-7.

Margerison-Zilko CE., Cubbin C. 2013. Dynamic poverty experiences and development of overweight in a national sample of US children ages 4 to 14. Obesity. 21(7):1438-45.

Margerison-Zilko CE. 2014. Maternal exposure to economic contraction during pregnancy and smoking, alcohol use, and gestational weight gain in a national sample of U.S. women. Annals of Epidemiology. 24(6):432-40.

Margerison-Zilko CE. 2014. The contribution of maternal birth cohort to term small-for-gestational-age in the U.S. 1989-2010: an age, period, and cohort analysis. Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 28(4):312-21.

Margerison-Zilko CE, Cubbin C, Jun J, Marchi K, Fingar K, Braveman P. Neighborhood poverty histories and preterm birth: comparing cross-sectional to longitudinal measures. (Forthcoming, American Journal of Public Health.)

Margerison-Zilko CE, Goodman JA, Anderson E, Catalano RA. 2015. Postterm birth as a response to environmental stress: the case of September 11, 2001. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. Epub ahead of print.