Alison Gemmill, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Core Faculty Member, Program in Public Health
RESEARCH INTERESTS: (descriptive)
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
Demography, UC Berkeley (2017)
Demography, UC Berkeley (2011)
Maternal and Child Health, UC Berkeley (2009)
Geography, UCLA (2004)
maternal and child health, life course epidemiology, health disparities, population
Association of America (PAA), Interdisciplinary Association for Population
Health Science (IAPHS), Society of Family Planning (SFP), Evolutionary
ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS:
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
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES:
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.
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.
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.
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.
A, Lindberg LD.
(2013). Short interpregnancy intervals in the United States. Obstetrics
& Gynecology; 122(1):64-71.
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