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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Meet Irene Headen, PhD, MS

Drexel Postdoctoral Fellow Irene Headen, PhD, MS

Irene Headen, PhD, MS, is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative in the Dornsife School of Public Health. Her research interests center around the social and structural determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Headen's work investigates how differences in exposure to neighborhoods and other urban environments across the life course impact inequities in adverse pregnancy outcomes. Her doctoral work examined associations between long-term trajectories of neighborhood deprivation and women's risk of gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy, both of which have adverse implications for maternal and infant health.

Previously, as a Maternal and Child Health Bureau Centers of Excellence postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Headen studied how neighborhood environments interact with individual-level interventions to modify their effectiveness on pregnancy-related cardiometabolic outcomes. Her current work studies associations between place-based, early education initiatives, including Promise Neighborhoods, and maternal, child and family health outcomes in low-income communities. Dr. Headen earned her bachelor of science in brain and cognitive sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of science and doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Drexel University College of Medicine
New College Building
245 N. 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Natalie Chernets, PhD
Director of Postdoctoral Affairs & Professional Development

For more information, please contact the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Professional Studies

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