Health Systems and Sciences Research
Parkway Building, Rm 377
Dr. Slaughter-Acey is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing & Health Professions at Drexel University. As an epidemiologist and health service researcher she has been investigating the biological, social, and behavioral aspects of women’s and children’s health, and how these aspects affect their quality of life. Her research interests focus on the access and utilization of perinatal health services such as prenatal case management (PCM) and prenatal care; adverse perinatal health outcomes fetal growth, preterm birth, and cerebral palsy; and the interaction of social, psychosocial, behavioral, and biological determinants of racial/ethnic health disparities in perinatal health.
Dr. Slaughter-Acey received her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University in 2002 and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. Her dissertation research showed a measure of dosage is key when evaluating the relationship between PCM and adverse birth outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Slaughter-Acey completed a T32 NIH post-doctoral fellowship in perinatal epidemiology in 2013 at Michigan State University. As a postdoctoral fellow her work focused on etiology of cerebral palsy, the interaction of racial discrimination and depression on preterm birth, the examination of racial discrimination and coping mechanism on entry into prenatal care, and the influence of socioeconomic mobility on fetal growth. Her current work examines racial disparities in cerebral palsy, the influence of stress at neighborhood and individual on fetal growth and preterm birth from a life-course perspective, and access and utilization of prenatal case management.