Aubrey Madkour    

Aubrey S. Madkour, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2300
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-1127
Fax: (504) 988-3540
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests:

  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Adolescent dating violence
  • Adolescent substance use
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social epidemiology


Educational Background:

  • PhD, Maternal and Child Health - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, Social Services Administration - University of Chicago
  • BS, Human Development and Psychological Services - Northwestern University


Personal Statement:

I am an Assistant Professor in the Maternal and Child Health section. I teach a masters-level course in Adolescent Health (GCHB 6470) and a doctoral-level course in Social Determinants of Health (GCHB 8750). I have background and experience in providing direct counseling services to youths in hospitals and community settings, conducting health services research, analyzing large secondary datasets, and conducting community-based qualitative research with youth. My areas of expertise are adolescent and young adult (AYA) development, AYA substance use, AYA partner violence, AYA sexual behavior, and social epidemiology. Current projects include a quantitative analysis of PSID data to investigate contextual influences on developmental trajectories of binge alcohol use in the transition to young adulthood; a qualitative project examining the reasons for heroin use initiation among New Orleans youth; and an RCT of an online teen pregnancy prevention program targeted to 18-19 year old African American young women in New Orleans.


Selected Publications:

Harville EW, Madkour AS, Xie Y. Personality and adolescent pregnancy outcomes. Journal of Advanced Nursing (In Press).

Harville EW, Madkour AS, Xie Y.  Parenting, parental attitudes towards sex, and birth outcomes among adolescents. Journal of Adolescent and Pediatric Gynecology. 2014;27(5):287-293.

Madkour AS, de Looze M, Ma P, Halpern CT, Farhat T, ter Bogt TFM, Ehlinger V, nic Gabhainn S, Currie C, Godeau E. Macro-level age norms for the timing of sexual initiation and adolescents' early sexual initiation in 17 European countries. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2014;55(1):114-121.

Xie Y, Harville EW, Madkour AS. Academic performance, educational aspiration and birth outcomes among adolescent mothers: A national longitudinal study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2014, 14:3

Madkour AS, Harville EW, Xie Y. Pre-pregnancy dating violence and birth outcomes among adolescent mothers in a national sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2014;29(10):1894-1913.

Madkour AS, Harville EW, Xie Y.  Neighborhood disadvantage, racial concentration, and birth outcomes among adolescent mothers. Maternal and Child Health Journal (In Press). PMCID 23771237

Madkour AS, Harville EW, Xie Y.  The association between pre-pregnancy parental support and control and adolescent girls' pregnancy resolution decisions. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2013;53(3):413-419.

Madkour AS, Ledford EC, Andersen L, Johnson CJ. Exposure to tobacco advertising/promotions and adolescents' smoking risk in Northern Africa. Tobacco Control (In Press).

Harville EW, Madkour AS, Xie Y.  Predictors of preterm birth and low birthweight among adolescents. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2012;176(7):S150-163. PMCID 3530360

Madkour AS, Nic Gabhainn S, Godeau E, Farhat T, Halpern CT.  Parents' support and knowledge of their daughters' lives and early sexual initiation in nine European countries. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2012; 44(3):167–175. PMCID 22958661

Madkour AS, Johnson CJ, Clum GA, Brown L. Disaster and youth violence: The experience of school-attending youths in New Orleans. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2011;49(2):213-215. PMCID 21783056

Madkour AS, Farhat T, Halpern CT, Nic Gabhainn S, Godeau E. Early adolescent sexual initiation as a problem behavior: A comparative analysis of five nations. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2010;47(4): 389-398. PMCID: PMC2945604.

Madkour AS, Farhat T, Halpern CT, Nic Gabhainn S, Godeau E. Early adolescent sexual initiation and physical/psychological symptoms: A comparative analysis of five nations. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 2010;39(10):1211-1225. PMCID: PMC2917505.

Madkour AS, Martin SL, Halpern CT, Schoenbach VJ.  Area disadvantage and intimate partner homicide: An ecological analysis of North Carolina counties, 2004-2006. Violence and Victims. 2010; 25(3):363-377 PMCID: PMC2891556.

Spriggs AL, Halpern CT, Martin SL.  Continuity of adolescent and early adult partner violence victimization: Association with witnessing violent crime in adolescence. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2009;63:741-748. PMCID: PMC2727565.

Spriggs AL, Halpern CT, Herring AH, Schoenbach VJ.  Family and school socioeconomic disadvantage:  Interactive influences on adolescent dating violence victimization. Social Science and Medicine. 2009;69(11): 1956-1965. PMCID: PMC2840622.


Courses Taught:




Professional Achievements:

  • 2010-present Faculty Fellow, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • 2010-2012 NIH Loan Repayment Program Recipient, National Institutes of Health
  • 2009 Student Research Award, American Public Health Association Epidemiology Section
  • 2009 Theta Chapter Induction, Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2008 Susan P. Baker Research Paper Prize, Injury Prevention Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2008 Travel Grant, The Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2006-2009 Population Health Traineeship (NICHD T32 NRSA), Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2006 NIH Summer Intramural Traineeship, Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD
  • 2005-2006 MCH Epidemiology Traineeship (NICHD T32 NRSA), Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

[ View all Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Faculty ]



GCHB, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2210, New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-988-5391