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Rebecca Campbell, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health

BIRCWH Scholars


Rebecca Campbell, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology in the UIC School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She earned her MSPH and PhD in International Health with a focus in Human Nutrition at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in pediatric environmental health, during which she conducted research on effects of maternal prenatal psychosocial stress on child cognitive development using pregnancy cohort studies. Dr. Campbell’s experiences converge on pregnancy, nutrition, and the maternal-placental-fetal interface as critical for fetal development and the long-term health of the maternal-child dyad. Her current research aims to identify risk factors and mechanisms for fetal iron deficiency. As a BIRCWH Scholar, Dr. Campbell aims to develop a translational research program that bridges preclinical and epidemiologic research methods to understand the mechanisms by which maternal prenatal stress constrains fetal iron accrual and the role of fetal sex as a moderator. She seeks to translate these mechanistic insights into targets and approaches for interventions that will protect fetal iron accrual, improve child health and development, and promote health equity.