"Prenatal Cigarette Smoke Exposure and Psychopathology During Adulthood: A Life Course Perspective"

October 05, 2018

Edmond D. Shenassa, Sc.D., MA is an Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He holds a dual doctorate in Epidemiology and MCH from Harvard School of Public Health and a master’s in quantitative research methods from UCLA. He is the founding director of the Maternal and Child Health program at the University of Maryland.

Edmond examines developmental origins of health and disease over the life course, with a particular emphasis on the health effects of maternal smoking on the offspring. Two current areas of inquiry include the link between maternal smoking during pregnancy and risk of Major Depressive Disorders among the offspring, and an international study of the synergy between maternal smoking and breastfeeding. Shenassa is the Principal Investigator of the Rhode Island Birth cohort study, an investigation of in utero exposure to toxins and physical and social development during infancy. This work has been funded by Maternal and Child Health Bureaus (HRSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Flight Attendant’s Medical Research Institute, and Environmental Protection Agency.