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Alison Gemmill, PhD, MPH

Alison Gemmill

Alison Gemmill, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine

Core Faculty Member, Program in Public Health

HSC, Level 3, Room 071

OFFICE PHONE: (631) 638-8523

E-MAIL: Alison.Gemmill@stonybrookmedicine.edu


Dr. Gemmill is a classically trained demographer and epidemiologist with primary interests in maternal, child, and reproductive health and life course and aging. Her most recent work focuses on how women’s risk preferences and perceptions impact reproductive health behaviors and outcomes, including contraceptive use, preterm birth, and fetal loss. Another line of her research, which investigates macrosocial determinants of population health, uses an interdisciplinary perspective to provide new insights on the multi-level causes of health and mortality.  Her work in this area focuses on how population stressors, such as macro-economic contractions and terrorist attacks, influence early life health and subsequent health trajectories. Dr. Gemmill is also involved in several projects aimed to improve measurement and monitoring of global population health indicators, including an ongoing collaboration with the UN Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group.


Ph.D., Demography, UC Berkeley (2017)

M.A., Demography, UC Berkeley (2011)

M.P.H., Maternal and Child Health, UC Berkeley (2009)

B.A., Geography, UCLA (2004)


Demography, maternal and child health, life course epidemiology, health disparities, population health metrics


Population Association of America (PAA), Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS), Society of Family Planning (SFP), Evolutionary Demography Society


Estimating the age pattern of maternal mortality  Social and geographic determinants of maternal health Trends and disparities in very early preterm birth   Inter-pregnancy interval and offspring health   Fertility and post-reproductive mortality


Gemmill A. (2018). Perceived subfecundity and contraceptive use. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health; in press.

Gemmill A, Bradley SEK, van der Poel S. (2018). Reduced fecundity in HIV-positive women. Human Reproduction; in press.

Gemmill A, Catalano R. (2017). Do post-reproductive females promote maternal health? Preliminary evidence from historical populations. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health; 2017(1):136-143.

Guendelman S, Gemmill A, Thornton D, Walker D, Harvey M, Walsh J, Perez-Cuevas R. (2017). Prevalence, disparities, and determinants of primary cesarean births among first-time mothers in Mexico. Health Affairs; 36(4):714-722.

Puterman E, Gemmill A, Karasek D, Weir D, Adler NE, Prather AA, Epel ES. (2016). Lifespan adversity and later adulthood telomere length in the nationally representative US Health and Retirement Study. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; 113(42):E6335– E6342.

Alkema L, Chou D, Hogan D, Zhang S, Moller AB, Gemmill A, Fat DM, Boerma T, Temmerman M, Mathers CD, Say L. (2016). Global, regional, and national levels and trends in maternal mortality between 1990 and 2015, with scenario-based projections to 2030: a systematic analysis by the UN Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group. Lancet; 387(10017):462-474.

Gemmill A, Falconi A, Karasek D, Hartig T, Catalano R. (2015). Do macro-economic contractions induce or “harvest” suicides? A test of competing hypotheses. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; 69(11):1071-1076.

Say L, Chou D, Gemmill A, Tunçalp Ö, Moller AB, Daniels J, Gülmezoglu AM, Temmerman M, Alkema L. (2014). Global causes of maternal death: a WHO systematic analysis. Lancet Global Health; 2(6):e323-e333.

Gemmill A, Lindberg LD. (2013). Short interpregnancy intervals in the United States. Obstetrics & Gynecology; 122(1):64-71.

Gemmill A, Gunier RB, Bradman A, Eskenazi B, Harley KG. (2013). Residential proximity to methyl bromide use and birth outcomes in an agricultural population in California. Environmental Health Perspectives; 121(6):737-743.


A complete list of publications is available at: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NEOjiE0AAAAJ&hl=en