Renee Mehra, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Family Health Care Nursing

Dr. Mehra's research focuses on diversification of the perinatal workforce and social and structural factors that influence racial inequities in maternal and infant health. Using reproductive justice and ecosocial frameworks and mixed methods and community-partnered approaches, she conducts research and evaluations on diversifying the midwifery, doula, and community health care workforce. Her research also examines multilevel mechanistic pathways and the impact of programs and policies on reducing inequities in maternal and infant health.


"'Oh gosh, why go?' cause they are going to look at me and not hire": intersectional experiences of black women navigating employment during pregnancy and parenting.

BMC pregnancy and childbirth

Mehra R, Alspaugh A, Dunn JT, Franck LS, McLemore MR, Keene DE, Kershaw TS, Ickovics JR

Racism is a motivator and a barrier for people of color aspiring to become midwives in the United States.

Health services research

Mehra R, Alspaugh A, Joseph J, Golden B, Lanshaw N, McLemore MR, Franck LS

"Police shootings, now that seems to be the main issue" - Black pregnant women's anticipation of police brutality towards their children.

BMC public health

Mehra R, Alspaugh A, Franck LS, McLemore MR, Kershaw TS, Ickovics JR, Keene DE, Sewell AA

The Space in the Middle: Attitudes of Women's Health and Neonatal Nurses in the United States about Abortion.

Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

Alspaugh A, Mehra R, Coleman-Minahan K, Hoffmann TJ, Burton CW, Eagen-Torkko M, Bond TM, Franck LS, Olseon LC, Lanshaw N, Rychnovsky JD, McLemore MR

Considerations to promote sustainability of community health worker programs to improve maternal health

Journal of Primary Care and Community Health

Mehra R, Boyd LM, Lewis J, Cunningham SD

Racial and ethnic disparities in adverse birth outcomes: Differences by racial residential segregation

SSM Population Health

Mehra R, Keene DE, Kershaw TS, Ickovics JR, Warren JL

Area-level deprivation and preterm birth: cross-sectional results from a national, commercially-insured population

BMC public health

Mehra R, Shebl FM, Cunningham SD, Magriples U, Barrette E, Herrera C, Kozhimannil KB, Ickovics JR

Recommendations for the pilot expansion of Medicaid coverage for doulas in New York State

American journal of public health

Mehra R, Cunningham SD, Lewis JB, Thomas JL, Ickovics JR

Combining phylogenetic and network approaches to identify HIV-1 transmission links in San Mateo County, California

Frontiers in Microbiology

Dalai SC, Junqueira DM, Wilkinson E, Mehra R, Kosakovsky Pond SL, Levy V, Israelski D, de Oliveira T, Katzenstein D

Why people smoke: addressing the ‘causes of causes’ of health inequities

Why people smoke: addressing the ‘causes of causes’ of health inequities

Mehra R

Trump’s housing cuts put Americans’ health at risk

Trump’s housing cuts put Americans’ health at risk

Mehra R

Anemia in older persons: etiology and evaluation

Blood Cells, Molecules, and Diseases

Price EA, Mehra R, Holmes TH, Schrier SL