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Jennifer Culhane

Jennifer Culhane, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Department: Obstetrics & Gynecology


  • PhD in Public Health - Temple University (1998)
  • MPH - Temple University (1993)
  • BA in Biochemistry - Mount Holyoke College (1985)

Dr. Culhane is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Drexel University College of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.


Jennifer Culhane's research interests include the interaction of stress, infection and pregnancy outcomes. She is currently the principal investigator for multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, examining the causes of pre-term birth and particularly the associated racial and ethic disparities. In addition to her work at Drexel University College of Medicine, she also holds a research position at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Culhane has extensive experience researching maternal and child health issues. Her research has been widely published in such journals as the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Journal of Public Health and Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. Before coming to Drexel University College of Medicine, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University, and prior to that, she was the director of research at the Health Federation in Philadelphia. She also directed the Healthy Start evaluation with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.


"A Solution Pathway for Preterm Birth: Accelerating a Priority Research Agenda to Address the Global Burden of Preterm Birth"
Lackritz EM, Wilson CB, Guttmacher AE, Howse JL, Rubens CE, Engmann CM, Mason ES, Muglia LJ, Gravett MG, Goldenberg RL, Murray JC, Spong CY, Simpson JL, El Arifeen S, Belizán JM, Bhutta ZA, Carlo W, Challis JR, Culhane JF, Deal CD, Elovitz MA, Homer CJ, Howson CP, Lawn JE, Litch JA, Maddox YT, Mendelson CR, Mesiano S, Relman DA, Romero R, Sadovsky Y, Shurin SB, Simhan HN, Waiswa P, Winch PJ, Wise PH
Lancet (epub), November 2013

"Institutional racism, neighborhood factors, stress, and preterm birth"
Mendez DD, Hogan VK, Culhane JF
CETH: Ethnicity and Health, epub ahead of print, October 2013

"The impact of social disadvantage on preconception health, illness, and well-being: an intersectional analysis"
Hogan Vijaya K, Culhane Jennifer F, Crews Kara Ja'Nice, Mwaria Cheryl B, Rowley Diane L, Levenstein Lisa, Mullings Leith Patricia
American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP 27(3 Suppl): eS32-42, Jan-Feb 2013

"New models for large prospective studies: is there a risk of throwing out the baby with the bathwater?"
Bracken MB, Baker D, Cauley JA, Chambers C, Culhane JF, Dabelea D, Dearborn D, Drews-Botsch CD, Dudley DJ, Durkin M, Entwisle B, Flick L, Hale D, Holl J, Hovell M, Hudak M, Paneth N, Specker B, Wilhelm M, Wyatt S
American Journal of Epidemiology 177(4): 285-9, 2013

"Eliciting Maternal Expectations about the Technology of Cognitive Skill Formation"
Cunha F, Elo IT, Culhane JF
National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 19144, Notes:, 2013

"Stress during Pregnancy: The Role of Institutional Racism"
Mendez Dara D, Hogan Vijaya K, Culhane Jennifer F
Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress, Oct 2012

"Pregnancy intention and contraceptive use at six months postpartum among women with recent preterm delivery"
Bloch Joan Rosen, Webb David A, Mathew Leny, Culhane Jennifer F
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN/NAACOG 41(3): 389-97, May-Jun 2012

"Subjective social status and maternal health in a low income urban population"
Dennis Erika Fitzpatrick, Webb David A, Lorch Scott A, Mathew Leny, Bloch Joan R, Culhane Jennifer F
Maternal and Child Health Journal 16(4): 834-43, May 2012

"The preterm birth syndrome: a prototype phenotypic classification"
Villar Jose, Papageorghiou Aris T, Knight Hannah E, Gravett Michael G, Iams Jay, Waller Sarah A, Kramer Michael, Culhane Jennifer F, Barros Fernando C, Conde-Agudelo Agustín, Bhutta Zulfiqar A, Goldenberg Robert L
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 206(2): 119-23, Feb 2012

"Barriers to women's participation in inter-conceptional care: a cross-sectional analysis"
Hogan, VK, Amamoo, MA, Anderson, AD, Webb, D, Mathews, L, Rowley, D, Culhane, JF
BMC Public Health 12, Feb 1, 2012

Contact Information

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Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
245 N. 15th Street
Mail Stop 495
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.4763