Marie Thoma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. Grounded in a life course perspective, Dr. Thoma’s research focuses on population-based methodologies for assessing women’s gynecologic health, family planning, and maternal and infant health in the U.S. and internationally. In particular, she has evaluated methodologies for estimating infertility, data sources for assessing the impact of infertility treatment on maternal and infant health outcomes, and social and health factors related to short pregnancy spacing. Collectively, her work underscores the importance of addressing women’s health to improve family health. Her research has appeared in the Lancet, Lancet Global Health, Fertility and Sterility, Journal of Women’s Health, Statistics in Medicine, Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases among other outlets. Most recently, she has been collaborating with colleagues at the Maryland Population Research Center and Boston University on U.S. trends in maternal mortality - recently featured in ProPublica's Lost Mothers series.
Prior to her appointment at the University of Maryland, she was a Senior Service Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she played an integral role in developing nationally-standardized and accredited e-learning training for hospital staff to improve the quality of data collected on birth certificates.
2013 Postdoc National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
2009 PhD Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD - Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health
2009 MHS Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD - Department of Biostatistics
2000 BA University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA - Department of Anthropology, Nutrition minor
2016 Division of Vital Statistics awardee, National Center for Health Statistics
2010 Delta Omega Honors Society (Alpha Chapter), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
2009-2010 Caroline Cochran Scholarship Fund, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2008-2009 The R. Bradley Sack Family Scholarship Award for Infectious Diseases in the Developing World, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2008-2009 Endowed Fellowship in Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2006-2007 Endowed Fellowship in Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2004 – 2007 Predoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Training Program in Sexually Transmitted Infections, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Grant #T32A1050056 (PI: Zenilman, J)