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Marie Thoma

Associate Professor, Family Science

Marie Thoma is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She received her PhD from the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health and her MHS from the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).


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(301) 405-4012


Areas of Interest

Core Faculty

Reproductive Health; Perinatal Health; Maternal Health; Infant Health; Epidemiology

Dr. Thoma is a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist/population health scientist focusing on the measurement, influences, and impact of maternal and infant health, birth spacing, and infertility at the population level. Her robust research program aims to optimize outcomes, enhance data and methods, and translate research into evidence-based policies and programs underpinning these areas. Through her research she strives to create a world where individuals of all backgrounds can freely pursue their reproductive goals and access services safely and equitably.

Dr. Thoma’s research has been published in the Lancet Global Health, American Journal of Public Health, Human Reproduction, Fertility and Sterility, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine and highlighted in several media outlets, including ProPublica/NPR’s Lost Mothers, USA Today, Reuters, and Global Health Now.

PhD, Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, 2010

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

MHS, Biostatistics, 2010

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

FMSC 310 Maternal Child and Family Health

FMSC 612 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

MacDorman MF, Thoma M, Declcerq E, Howell EA. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternal Mortality in the United States Using Enhanced Vital Records, 2016‒2017. Am J Public Health. 2021 Sep;111(9):1673-1681. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2021.306375. Epub 2021 Aug 12. PMID: 34383557.

Thoma, Marie E., Fledderjohann, Jasmine, Cox, Carie, Kantum Adageba, Rudolph. "Biologic and Social Aspects of Human Infertility: A Global Perspective." In Oxford Encyclopedia of Sexual and Reproductive Health. Ed. Andreea Creanga and Amy Tsui. New York: Oxford University Press.

MacDorman M, Thoma ME, DeClercq E. Improving US maternal mortality reporting by analyzing literal text on death certificates, United States, 2016-2017. PLoS One. 2020 Oct 28;15(10):e0240701.

Gleason JL, Shenassa ED, Thoma ME*. Stressful life events, the incidence of infertility, and the moderating effect of maternal responsiveness: a longitudinal study. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2020 Aug 3:1-9.

Vafai Y, Thoma ME, Steinberg JR. The effect of timing of depression onset on first teenage pregnancy experience. J Adolesc Health. 2020 Apr 5. [PMID: 32268997].

Thoma ME, Brotman RM, Gray RH, Sewankambo NK, Wawer MJ. Risk and protective factors associated with BV chronicity among women in Rakai, Uganda. Sex Transm Infect. 2020 Aug;96(5):380-386. [PMID: 31601641].

Thoma ME, Drew LB, Hirai A, Kim T, Fenelon A, Shenassa E. Black-White Disparities in Preterm Birth: Geographic, Social, and Health Determinants. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Nov;57(5):675-686. Epub 2019 Sep 25. [PMID: 31561920].

Drew L, Mittal M, Thoma M, Harper C, Steinberg J. Multiple Types of Intimate Partner Violence and Effectiveness Level of Contraceptive Selection Post-Abortion. J Women’s Health (Larchmt). 2019 Nov 14. [PMID: 31721639].

Thoma ME, Rossen LM, De Silva DA, Warner M, Simon AE, Moskosky S, Ahrens KA. Beyond birth outcomes: Interpregnancy interval and injury-related infant mortality. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2019 Sep 12. [PMID: 31512273]

Loyola Briceno AC, Ahrens KA, Thoma ME, Moskosky S. Availability of Services Related to Achieving Pregnancy in U.S. Publicly Funded Family Planning Clinics. Women's Health Issues. 2019 Sep 4.

De Silva DA, Thoma ME. The association between interpregnancy interval and severe maternal morbidities using revised national birth certificate data: A probabilistic bias analysis. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2019 Jun 23.