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Wendy N. Nembhard, MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Birth Defects Research, Department of Pediatrics Scientific Director, Arkansas Reproductive Health Monitoring System
Phone: 501-364-5045

Research Overview

Wendy Nembhard is the Section Chief of the Birth Defects Research Section and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Scientific Director for the Arkansas Reproductive Health Monitoring System at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI). Dr. Nembhard’s research interests include birth defects, fetal exposures and adult chronic disease, infant mortality, preterm birth/low birth weight, and racial/ethnic disparities in perinatal outcomes. Her current projects focus on the etiology of and morbidity and mortality associated with congenital heart defects. Prior to joining UAMS and ACRI, Dr. Nembhard was an Associate Professor and the Director for the Doctoral Program in Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. She was a faculty member there for 11.5 years. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Florida, she was as a Research Instructor in the Maternal and Child Division of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Social Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Disease in the Social Epidemiology Research Division of the Department of Community Health and Preventative Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine from June 2000 to August 2002. As a fellow, she participated in population-based cardiovascular disease research and was selected to attend the prestigious National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and American Heart Association co-sponsored Ten-Day Seminar in Cardiovascular Disease. Her 2000 doctoral degree in Epidemiology (with minors in Biostatistics and Biological Sciences) and Masters of Public Health degree in International and Family Health (1997) are from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. In 2014, she was selected as a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar.

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