Emily Harville    

Emily Harville, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-7327
Fax: (504) 988-1568

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests:

Pregnancy epidemiology; measurement of stress; epidemiologic methods


Educational Background:

  • BA, Biology, Oberlin College, 1998
  • MSPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 2002
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 2005

Professional Achievements:

  • Small Project Assistance grant, U. S. Peace Corps, 1999
  • Julie Gatewood Latané residential and senior fellow, Latané Center for Human Science, 2000-2004
  • Smith Dissertation Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2004
  • Royster Society of Fellows, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2000-2005
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship in the Biological Sciences, 2000-2005
  • Michael McMahon Young Investigator Award, UNC Center for Women's Health Research, 2005
  • Award for promise in research, Tulane University Health Sciences Center, 2005-2006

Selected Publications:

Madkour AS, Harville EW, Xie Y. Neighborhood Disadvantage, Racial Concentration and the Birthweight of Infants Born to Adolescent Mothers. Matern Child Health J. 2013 Jun 15.

Harville EW, Srinivasan S, Chen W, Berenson GS. Is the metabolic syndrome a "small baby" syndrome?: the bogalusa heart study. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2012 Dec;10(6):413-21.

Wallace ME, Harville EW. Predictors of healthy birth outcome in adolescents: a positive deviance approach. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2012 Oct;25(5):314-21.

Harville EW, Madkour AS, Xie Y. Predictors of birth weight and gestational age among adolescents. Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Oct 1;176 Suppl 7:S150-63.

Wallace ME, Harville EW. Allostatic Load and Birth Outcomes Among White and Black Women in New Orleans. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Jul 26.

Harville EW, Srinivasan S, Chen W, Berenson GS. Is the Metabolic Syndrome a "Small Baby" Syndrome?: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2012 Jul 25.

Wallace ME, Harville EW.Predictors of Healthy Birth Outcome in Adolescents: A Positive Deviance Approach. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2012 Jul 24.

Howard EJ, Harville E, Kissinger P, Xiong X. The Association Between Short Interpregnancy Interval and Preterm Birth in Louisiana: A Comparison of Methods. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Jul 12.

Ehrlich M, Harville E, Xiong X, Buekens P, Pridjan G, Elkind-Hirsch K. Loss of resources and hurricane experience as predictors of postpartum depression among women in southern Louisiana. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 May;19(5):877-84.

Harville EW, Viikari JS, Raitakari OT. Preconception cardiovascular risk factors and pregnancy outcome. Epidemiology. 2011 Sep;22(5):724-30.

Harville EW, Taylor CA, Tesfai H, Xu Xiong, Buekens P. Experience of hurricane Katrina and reported intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2011Mar; 26 (4): 833-45. Epub 2010 May 21

Gatski M, Martin DH, Clark RA, Harville E, Schmidt N, Kissinger P. Co-occurence of Trichomonas Vaginalis and Bacterial Vaginosis among HIV-positive Women. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2011 Mar; 38 (3):163-6

Harville EW, Xiong X, Buekens P.  Disasters and perinatal health: A systematic review. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2010 Nov;65(11):713-28. 

Harville EW, Xiong X, Smith BW, Buekens P, Pridjian G, Elkind-Hirsch K. Combined effects of hurricane Katrina and hurricane Gustav on the mental health of mothers of small children. Journal of Psychological and Mental Health Nursing, J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2011 May;18(4):288-96.

Harville EW, Tran T, Xiong X, Buekens P.  Population changes, racial/ethnic disparities, and birth outcomes in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.  Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2010; 4(S1): S39-S45.  

Harville EW, Gunderson E, Matthews K, Lewis CE, Carnethon M.  Pre-pregnancy stress reactivity and pregnancy outcome.  Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 2010 Nov; 24(6):564-71.  

Harville EW, Williams MA, Qiu CF, Mejia J, Risques RA.  Telomere length, pre-eclampsia, and gestational diabetes.  BMC Res Notes. 2010 Apr 23;3:113. PMCID: PMC2873349  

Harville EW, Boynton-Jarrett R, Power C, Hyppönen E.  Childhood hardship, maternal smoking, and birth outcomes: a prospective cohort study.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Jun;164(6):533-9.  

Harville EW, Xiong X, Buekens P, Pridjian G, Elkind-Hirsch K.  Resilience after hurricane Katrina among pregnant and postpartum women. Womens Health Issues. 2010 Jan-Feb;20(1):20-7.  PMCID: PMC2822707.

Harville EW, Xiong X, Buekens P.  Hurricane Katrina and perinatal health.  Birth. 2009 36(4):325-31.

Harville EW, Savitz DA, Dole N, Herring AH, Thorp JM. Stress questionnaires and stress biomarkers during pregnancy. J Womens Health. 2009 18(9):1425-33.


Personal Statement:

My focus is reproductive epidemiology. Within that, I work on projects about mechanisms of health disparities: ways that the body might react to social realities or perceptions to negatively affect pregnancy. I look at aspects of psychological stress and how they affect reproductive health, particularly pregnancy and low birth weight. I have been working on projects to follow up the effects of Katrina on pregnant women and their infants. I am also interested in ways to measure stress, methods for studying reproductive epidemiology, and oral clefts.

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