Claire Margerison, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

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

Claire Margerison is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She has a PhD in Epidemiology a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Margerison's research examines the social and economic determinants of women’s health across the life-course, with an emphasis on understanding racial and socioeconomic disparities in women’s health. Her work focuses on pregnancy as a window to women’s early life experiences as well as to the long-term health of both mother and child.

Dr. Margerison’s recently funded work includes research examining the influence of macroeconomic conditions—specifically the Great Recession—on pregnancy health and birth outcomes funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She also has a Mentored Career Development (K01) award to examine how social, psychosocial, and biological factors during pregnancy contribute to racial disparities in women’s cardiovascular health at mid-life.

Selected Publications

1. 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.

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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. Jan 16;2015(1):12-20.

8. Margerison-Zilko CE, Cubbin C, Jun J, Marchi K, Fingar K, Braveman P. 2015. Beyond the Cross-Sectional: Neighborhood Poverty Histories and Preterm Birth. American Journal of Public Health. 105(6):1174-80.

9. Margerison-Zilko C, Goldman-Mellor S, Falconi A, Downing J. 2016. Health impacts of the Great Recession: A critical review. Current Epidemiology Reports. 3(1):81-91. Invited review.
10. Catov JM and Margerison-Zilko C. 2016. Pregnancy as a window to future health: short term costs and consequences. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 215(4):406-7. Invited editorial.

11. Margerison-Zilko C, Strutz KL, Li Y, Holzman C. 2017. Stressors across the life-course and preterm delivery: a prospective cohort study. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 21(3):648-658
12. Margerison-Zilko C, Li Y, Luo Zhehui. Economic conditions during pregnancy and adverse birth outcomes among singleton live births in the U.S., 1990-2013. (Forthcoming at American Journal of Epidemiology.)

13. Kane JB and Margerison-Zilko C. Theoretical insights into two key sources of stress in the preconception social environment that contribute to poor perinatal health. Population Health and Policy Review. Published online March 09, 2017.

14. Margerison-Zilko C, Perez-Patron M, Cubbin C. Residential segregation, political power, and preterm birth in the U.S. 2008-2010. (Forthcoming at Health and Place.)