Jennifer Ahern PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
  • PH250B: Epidemiologic Methods II (Fall)
  • PH255D: Methods in Social Epidemiology (Spring)
Research Interests: 
  • Social epidemiology
  • Neighborhood characteristics and health
  • Methodological issues and novel methodological applications in social epidemiology
  • Traumatic events
  • Substance use
  • Mental health
  • Behavioral health
  • Birth outcomes and maternal health
  • Population health
Selected Publications: 

Ahern J, Cerda M, Lippman S, Tardiff K, Vlahov D, Galea S. Navigating non-positivity in neighborhood studies: an analysis of collective efficacy and violence. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2013;67:159-65.

Gerdts C, Vohra D, Ahern J. Measuring unsafe abortion-related mortality: a systematic review of existing methods. PLoS ONE 2013;8(1): e53346. Worthen M, Moos R, Ahern J. Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans' experiences living with their parents after separation from the military. Contemporary Family Therapy 2012;34:362-75.

Karasek D, Ahern J, Galea S. Social norms, collective efficacy, and smoking cessation in urban neighborhoods. American Journal of Public Health 2012;102:343-51.

Margerison-Zilko C, Catalano R, Hubbard A, Ahern J. Exposure to unexpected economic contraction during gestation and birth weight for gestational age. Epidemiology 2011;22:855-8.

Modrek S, Ahern J. Longitudinal relation of community-level income inequality and mortality in Costa Rica. Health and Place 2011;17:1249-57.

Ahern J, Galea S. Collective efficacy and major depression in urban neighborhoods. American Journal of Epidemiology 2011; 173:1453-62.

Lê F, Ahern J, Galea S. Neighborhood education inequality and drinking behavior. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2010;112:18-26.

Bruckner T, Catalano R, Ahern J. Male fetal loss in the U.S. following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. BMC Public Health 2010;10(1):273.

Hubbard AE, Ahern J, Fleischer NL, Van der Laan M, Lippman SA, Jewell N, Bruckner T, Satariano WA. To GEE or not to GEE: comparing population average and mixed models for estimating the associations between neighborhood risk factors and health. Epidemiology 2010;21:475-8.

Ahern J, Galea S, Hubbard A. Estimating the effects of potential public health interventions on population disease burden: a step-by-step illustration of causal inference methods. American Journal of Epidemiology 2009;169:1140-7.

Ahern J, Galea S, Hubbard A, Syme SL. Neighborhood collective efficacy, smoking norms and smoking behavior. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2009;100:138-45.

Beard J, Cerda M, Blaney S, Ahern J, Vlahov D, Galea S. Neighborhood characteristics and change in symptoms of depression among older residents of New York City. American Journal of Public Health 2009;99:1308-14.

Ahern J, Jones MR, Bakshis E, Galea S. Revisiting Rose: Comparing the benefits and costs of population-wide and high-risk interventions. Milbank Quarterly 2008;86:581-600.

Catalano R, Ahern J, Bruckner T, Anderson E, Saxton K. Gender-specific selection in utero among contemporary human birth cohorts. Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 2009;23:273-278.

Ahern J, Galea S, Hubbard A, Midanik L, Syme SL. "Culture of drinking" and individual problems with alcohol use. American Journal of Epidemiology 2008;167:1041-9.

Galea S, Ahern J, Tracy M, Hubbard A, Cerda M, Goldmann E, Vlahov D. Longitudinal determinants of post-traumatic stress in a population-based cohort study. Epidemiology 2008;19:47-54.

Ahern J, Galea S, Hubbard A, Karpati A. Population vulnerabilities and capacities related to health: a test of a model. Social Science and Medicine 2008;66:691-703.

Bernstein KT, Galea S, Ahern J, Vlahov D. The built environment and alcohol consumption in urban neighborhoods. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2007;91:244-52.

Galea S, Ahern J, Tracy M, Rudenstein S, Vlahov D. Education inequality and use of cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2007; 90S:S4-S15.

Galea S, Ahern J, Nandi A, Tracy M, Beard J, Vlahov D. Urban neighborhood poverty and the incidence of depression in a population-based cohort study. Annals of Epidemiology 2007;17:171-9.

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