Dawn Misra


Dawn Misra, PhD, Associate Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA


Dawn P. Misra, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Misra received her BA and MHS (Maternal and Child Health) from the Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Epidemiology from Columbia University. Her research focuses on social and biomedical factors which may explain the increased risks of infants born to poor and minority women. This includes examining the intersection between women’s health prior to pregnancy and outcomes of pregnancy. Dr. Misra is seeking to contribute to a fuller understanding of the pathways which lead to optimal perinatal health. The Institute of Medicine committee report on preterm birth cites several of her papers and notes that her conceptual framework guided the committee’s approach to examining the causes of preterm birth. The chapter on social and psychosocial factors concludes that a more integrative approach to understanding racial-ethnic and socioeconomic disparities is needed. Dr. Misra also co-chaired the psychosocial factors workgroup for the Surgeon General’s Conference on Preterm Birth that followed on the work of the IOM report. Dr. Misra has published more than 70 articles and book chapters.